Atlanta is home to a number of amazing festivals that span a variety of fanbases. There is Music Midtown for your pop-heavy listeners. You have Imagine Fest for the partiers. But for jam heads, you have this wild double feature as summer rolls in with Sweetwater 420 Fest and Candler Park Music Festival, a two-day event sponsored by Scofflaw Brewery that boasts lineups comparable to many larger festivals. This year was no different as this past weekend I got the pleasure of seeing The Disco Biscuits, Grace Potter, the Allman Brother’s tribute band Trouble No More featuring Brandon “Taz” Niederaurer, the Yonder Mountain String Band, Andy Frasco, Twiddle, and Cha Wa. The wild thing is this was my first year going to Candler Park Music Festival even though I’ve followed the lineup drop every year. I have just had conflicts with the same weekend as the festival until this year, and I am grateful to finally experience this gem of a festival.
There are definitely some neat features of the Candler Park Music Festival. For starters, there is only one stage, which means you won’t miss any music. Many festivals will only achieve this unopposed feature only for headliners, but this festival gives every artist the full attention of the crowd. Parking at the rail doesn’t mean missing out, and I wish more festivals could pull this off. To keep everyone fueled over the tw0 days, there was a ridiculous food scene. You not only had the legendary Island Noodles and Roti Rolls but also some local Atlanta favorites including the Pickle and Williamson Brothers BBQ. If you have not tried the Pickle yet, I highly recommend their eggrolls and lavender lemonade. Whenever I see this lovely food truck I always stop by to grab a bite because it’s that good. And for those that upgraded to VIP, there were air-conditioned bathrooms and a sky deck that gave a nice elevated view of the entire stage. These kinds of perks come with a hefty price at most festivals, but with how affordable Candler Park Music Festival tickets are it makes VIP very worth it in my opinion.
I am very much looking forward to the next Candler Park Music Festival and hope that I have broken the curse of having conflicts the same weekend. For being such an affordable festival with lots of talented musicians on the lineup yearly, this is definitely a festival to check out if live in the area especially if you are new to festivals. Maybe I’ll see you next year!
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