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Warm weather, happy fans and acts like Tame Impala, Beck, Tears For Fears and Maggie Rogers draw big crowds to Atlanta’s Shaky Knees

Shaky Knees has quickly made it’s way to the top of my “favorite festivals” list. Unlike the other high-end festivals (Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza), Shaky Knees hasn’t sold themselves out to conform to what is trendy, instead, it has displayed commitment to its own standards.

Since the start in 2013, the festival has risen to be one of Atlanta’s top musical experiences. While developing immensely over the years, the festival strives to maintain a smaller size to give the fans a feeling of intimacy. 

Scanning through the lineup, you’ll notices that a majority of the acts fall into one of four categories: Indie Rock, Alternative Rock, Folk Rock, And Country. Each stage has a general ambience which helps festival-goers reduce the amount of pacing between venues and creates a more peaceful atmosphere.

Since the festival has impressed me time and again, I could ramble on and on about it’s highlights.  Instead, here is a general summary of the top features of Shaky Knees 2019.

The Line Up

With such a unique line up, it’s easy for just about any attendee to find a show that suits their interests. By featuring bands that represent nearly every genre, fans from any decade or background can find their flavor at Atlanta’s Central Park. As an appreciator of music across the spectrum, I was interested in nearly every single act performing throughout the weekend. 

I was able to heal my angsty side with the members of the Black Lips or travel through a new wave time machine standing in the crowd of Tears for Fears. To get my Americana fix, Mispo offered a sweet serenade. 

The Festival Grounds

Due to the smaller festival grounds, I was able to easily navigate to enjoy a bit of every set. The festival layout consists of 4 stages with two stages performing simultaneously. The stages were located conveniently near to one another without having a sound conflict.

The Crowd

It’s become quite the fashion show in the festival world. With Shaky Knees being a genuine music experience, it attract like-minded folks whom are there to savor the atmosphere and sound the fest has to offer. Instead of becoming a competitive fashion runway, the focus is set on being present and true to yourself.

The Food

The food is always an important part of a festival for me. Shaky knees provided a wide variety of menus from local and non-local restaurants and chains. They successfully include every dietary need with their diverse vendors.

And to summarize: This festival rules! As I’ve gotten older, I have become distanced from the festival setting but experiences like this grow my love for musical gatherings immensely.  Thank you for now, Shaky Knees, and to the wonderful partnerships who contributed to putting the festival together, I look forward to seeing you next year!

Ryan Rose
Ryan Rose is a photographer originally from Pennsylvania who currently lives in Portland, Oregon. More of her work can be found at justryanrose.com.

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Warm weather, happy fans and acts like Tame Impala, Beck, Tears For Fears and Maggie Rogers draw big crowds to Atlanta’s Shaky Knees

Shaky Knees has quickly made it’s way to the top of my “favorite festivals” list. Unlike the other high-end festivals (Coachella, Bonnaroo, Lollapalooza), Shaky Knees hasn’t sold themselves out to conform to what is trendy, instead, it has displayed commitment to its own standards.

Since the start in 2013, the festival has risen to be one of Atlanta’s top musical experiences. While developing immensely over the years, the festival strives to maintain a smaller size to give the fans a feeling of intimacy. 

Scanning through the lineup, you’ll notices that a majority of the acts fall into one of four categories: Indie Rock, Alternative Rock, Folk Rock, And Country. Each stage has a general ambience which helps festival-goers reduce the amount of pacing between venues and creates a more peaceful atmosphere.

Since the festival has impressed me time and again, I could ramble on and on about it’s highlights.  Instead, here is a general summary of the top features of Shaky Knees 2019.

The Line Up

With such a unique line up, it’s easy for just about any attendee to find a show that suits their interests. By featuring bands that represent nearly every genre, fans from any decade or background can find their flavor at Atlanta’s Central Park. As an appreciator of music across the spectrum, I was interested in nearly every single act performing throughout the weekend. 

I was able to heal my angsty side with the members of the Black Lips or travel through a new wave time machine standing in the crowd of Tears for Fears. To get my Americana fix, Mispo offered a sweet serenade. 

The Festival Grounds

Due to the smaller festival grounds, I was able to easily navigate to enjoy a bit of every set. The festival layout consists of 4 stages with two stages performing simultaneously. The stages were located conveniently near to one another without having a sound conflict.

The Crowd

It’s become quite the fashion show in the festival world. With Shaky Knees being a genuine music experience, it attract like-minded folks whom are there to savor the atmosphere and sound the fest has to offer. Instead of becoming a competitive fashion runway, the focus is set on being present and true to yourself.

The Food

The food is always an important part of a festival for me. Shaky knees provided a wide variety of menus from local and non-local restaurants and chains. They successfully include every dietary need with their diverse vendors.

And to summarize: This festival rules! As I’ve gotten older, I have become distanced from the festival setting but experiences like this grow my love for musical gatherings immensely.  Thank you for now, Shaky Knees, and to the wonderful partnerships who contributed to putting the festival together, I look forward to seeing you next year!

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