Atlanta: Midtown Music Festival canceled

Atlanta music festival Music Midtown, which attracts thousands of concerts and blockbuster musicians every year, “will no longer be this year,” organizers announced in a tweet on Monday. (Video above: Morning headlines from WYFF News 4) Although organizers gave no reason for the festival to be called off, various media reports citing industry and festival sources said the cancellation was due to a recent interpretation of Georgia’s gun law. The reason was, which allows firearms in public places, including parks. Any weapons and explosives are prohibited at the festival according to its website. Gun rights advocates mounted a pressure campaign against that position, questioning the festival’s ability to restrict firearms because Georgia allowed guns to be carried in parks. Sources with knowledge of the cancellation decision by operator Live Nation who spoke to Rolling Stone cited Georgia gun laws as the reason. Georgia gun advocate Phil Evans told CNN that he emailed festival organizers in May, apprising them of Georgia gun laws and a Georgia Supreme Court case to which he was a party. Evans said he also asked the city of Atlanta to deny Live Nation a permit for music midtown, given the festival’s firearms ban. intended to violate settled state law.” “The City of Atlanta must respect and uphold state law when dealing with entities that use properties owned by taxpayers who use such properties.” use, or otherwise,” the email said. The event, scheduled for September 17 and 18 at Piedmont Park, was canceled “due to circumstances beyond our control.” According to the festival’s website, Chemical Romance, Future, Jack White and Fall Out Boy, among others. “We were looking forward to meeting again in September and hope we can all enjoy the festival together again soon,” the organizers said. The year’s festival attracted approximately 50,000 people, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution, and featured performances by Miley Cyrus, the Jonas Brothers, and Maroon 5. Atlanta City Council President Doug Shipman said it was a “sad” after the cancellation was announced. day. Public policy has real impact and—in this case—a great tradition on economic and social impact,” ipman tweeted. Ticket refunds will be processed automatically within the next 24 hours, the organizers said.

Atlanta music festival Music Midtown, which attracts thousands of concerts and blockbuster musicians each year, “will no longer take place this year,” organizers announced. Tweet monday.

(Video above: Morning headlines from WYFF News 4)

Although organizers gave no reason for the festival to be called off, various media reports, citing industry and festival sources, said the cancellation was due to a recent interpretation of Georgia’s gun law, which prohibits firearms in public places, including parks. allows.

According to its website, weapons and explosives of any kind are prohibited on the festival. Gun Rights Advocates mounted a pressure campaign against that position, questioning the festival’s ability to restrict firearms because Georgia allowed guns to be carried in parks.

Sources familiar with the decision to cancel operator Live Nation who spoke to Rolling Stone cited Georgia gun laws as the reason.

Georgia gun advocate Phil Evans told CNN that he emailed festival organizers in May, apprising them of Georgia gun laws and a Georgia Supreme Court case to which he was a party. Evans said he also asked the city of Atlanta to deny Live Nation a permit for music midtown, given the festival’s firearms ban.

In a May 13 email, Evans asked the city to deny the permit “because they publicly stated their intent to violate settled state law.”

“The City of Atlanta must respect state law and maintain this when dealing with entities that use assets owned by taxpayers, or otherwise as well,” the email said.

The organizer’s tweet said the September 17 and 18 event at Piedmont Park was canceled “due to circumstances beyond our control”.

The concert was set to feature a “diverse lineup of over 30 artists on 4 stages” including My Chemical Romance, Future, Jack White and Fall Out Boy. festival website,

“We were looking forward to meeting again in September and hope that we will all be able to enjoy the festival together again soon,” the organizers said.

Last year’s festival attracted nearly 50,000 people and was presented by Miley Cyrus, the Jonas Brothers and Maroon 5. According to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Atlanta City Council President Doug Shipman said it was a “sad day” after the cancellation was announced.

“Public policy has a real impact and—in this case—an economic and social impact on a great tradition,” Shipman tweeted.

The organizers said that the ticket refund process will be done automatically within the next 24 hours.

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