After a beautiful and fun Saturday at the Shaky Beats Festival in Atlanta, Sunday had a lot to live up to and it didn’t disappoint for a moment. Sunday, the final day of the 3-day EDM-centric festival was more of a mix of EDM styles than the previous 2 days with MUTEMATH’s frantic DJ Set, complete with the duct-taped headphones on the drummer, to Little Dragon’s lush, theatric grooves, LOUDPVCK’s straight up assault to more mainstream artists like Girl Talk and The Chainsmokers throwing a huge party on the big stage.
While the 2 main stages, Peachtree and Piedmont were constantly packed on Friday and Saturday with the more established artists, the smallest of the venues, the Ponce de Leon stage could feel a bit neglected at times especially early in the day. That’s not to say there wasn’t a ton of people going crazy and having a good time all day, but the Ponce de Leon stage on Sunday from nearly the first drop was packed beyond capacity and going nuts. Things really picked up with Mayhem’s set, featuring a Greg Mike animated real-life figure on stage and then exploded with Grandtheft, LOUDPVCK and REZZ. The overflow for that stage all day was as many people as the viewing area could hold.
On the Peachtree stage, Girl Talk brought the party to the people and directly to the stage with a ton of folks selected to be on stage with him as well as inviting up the Atlanta Hawks mascot and Hawks dancers. I would not want to be on the cleanup crew after a Girl Talk show. I counted around 50 rolls of toilet paper fired into the audience in addition to tons of confetti cannons fired.
The Chainsmokers closed out the night, bringing the pyro to the people with a slew of great songs and the big firework finale.
Even though this festival is just 2 years old it already feels like an Atlanta tradition. I talked to people that came from as far away as Japan, Canada and all over the US who made the trip just to see all of these talented artists in one place over a weekend.
As with Shaky Knees, the Shaky folks run a great festival with tons of food trucks, places to hang out, prime viewing, and killer sound. Already looking forward to next year.
Check out John McNicholas‘ photos from Shaky Beats 2017 Day 3: