Festival Review by Chandler Mulholland
Shaky Beats returned to Central Park in Atlanta, GA for their second year following their move from Centennial Olympic Park. More changes were underway with the festival going down to two days rather than the usual three.
The lineup featured heavy-hitters from every sub-genre of EDM, including Rufus Du Sol, Martin Garrix, Galantis, Big Gigantic, Fisher, Chris Lake, What So Not, Ekali, Boogie T, Dirt Monkey, and many more. 4 stages spanned Central Park with the main stage, Peachtree, offering elevated VIP areas as well as the Heineken viewing area, which was open to all attendees. Taking into consideration feedback from last year’s event, they stepped it up by adding AstroTurf to prevent heavy dust from accumulating. Each stage had great sound and a fair amount of space, even at rush hour of the night. Higher elevation at the back of stages was a huge added benefit, giving festival-goers a great view from wherever they stood.
Shaky Beats also spoiled us with an everlasting list of official after parties-keeping the vibe going until sunrise. After party acts included Big Gigantic, Boogie T, San Holo, What So Not and Moon Boots, Galantis, Ekali, Gryffin, Squnto, and Chris Lake.
A major complaint with most festivals is the amount of time it takes to get through security, but even in peak times it only took about 5-10 minutes to get your bag checked and through the line. All in all, Shaky Beats continues to impress us with their organization and genuine desire to improve the experience year after year. Thank you, Shaky Beats, for being one of our favorites in the Southeast!
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