Organizers of the 2018 Music Midtown Festival have confirmed the lineup for the upcoming event which takes place September 15 and 16 in Atlanta’s Piedmont Park, JamBase reports. Headliners for the festival include Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons, Post Malone, Fall Out Boy, Khalid, Foster the People, Sylvan Esso and more.
Kendrick Lamar, a core headliner, recently made history by winning the Pulitzer Prize for Music for his record, Damn, Rolling Stone reports, making him the first non-classical or jazz musician to win the coveted title. When announcing the prize, the Pulitzer board called the album, “a virtuosic song collection unified by its vernacular authenticity and rhythmic dynamism that offers affecting vignettes capturing the complexity of modern African American life.”
Lamar says of the groundbreaking effort, “The initial goal was to make a hybrid of my first two commercial albums. That was our total focus, how to do that sonically, lyrically, through melody – and it came out exactly how I heard it in my head. … It’s all pieces of me.”
Fall Out Boy, also playing the Atlanta festival, released their seventh studio album, Mania, last January. The album was originally scheduled for release in September but after their lead single “Young and Menace” fumbled, the group decided to rewrite much of the record, Billboard reports.
Bassist Pete Wentz says of the decision, “It was probably the best decision we made… Maybe three days after we delayed it, that’s when we wrote ‘The Last of the Real Ones.’ I think that was a turning point for the album.”
Music Midtown 2018 marks the 25th anniversary of the event which offers a dynamic variety of artists. Other acts include Janelle Monae, Kacey Musgraves, First Aid Kit, Maggie Rogers, Chromeo, Portugal. The Man, Gucci Mane and much more.
Tickets are currently available for the 2018 festival.
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