Organizers cancel Music Midtown due to ‘circumstances beyond our control’ The two-day concert was to take place September 17-18 in Piedmont Park.
ATLANTA — Music Midtown announced Monday that the weekend-long music festival has been canceled.
In a message on Facebook, Music Midtown said, “Due to circumstances beyond our control, Music Midtown will not take place this year.”
Dave Huddleston from channel 2 learned on Monday that it appears that a local man is challenging public events that prevent people from carrying guns in public places.
Georgia passed a law in 2014 that prohibits guns from being banned on public property, such as Piedmont Park.
Music Midtown is one of the largest music festivals in the Southeast. Headliners for the festival included My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, Atlanta rapper Future and Jack White. Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz was also due to perform.
The two-day concert would be September 17-18.
Channel 2 Action News was given exclusive details on what may have led to the cancellation.
We received an email from two independent sources showing that a man from Monroe County said to the city attorney on May 4, “First of all, I disagree that buying a ticket is a surrender of my 2nd and 4th amendment rights. . The second problem is that legally transported weapons cannot be banned in public parks.”
While the festival’s organizers haven’t given a specific reason for the cancellation, some city and event planners say it’s because the festival was unable to ban guns in the park.
“Under Georgian law, people in Music Midtown are allowed to wear without a ban for at least 8 years,” said John Monroe, vice president of GA2A, a state gun rights organization.
Monroe told Huddleston that recent lawsuits against Georgia’s 2014 law are being accepted. That law allows people to carry guns in public places like Piedmont Park.
“It’s been the law of Georgia for years as a private entity like Live Nation, the promoter of Music Midtown, if they lease the property where they have the festival from a public entity like in this case, the City of Atlanta in Piedmont Park, they have to abide by the rules regarding public property,” Monroe said.
“I do know that many of the performers have that in their contracts. And such a public place, if you can’t do that, they won’t perform,” says festival-goer Trent Thurman.
Huddleston tried to contact Music Midtown and Live Nation about why they canceled the festival. At the time of writing this article, he had not yet received a response.
The cancellation notice stated that those who bought tickets can get a full refund through the site where they bought them.
Music Midtown started in 1994 and was held every year until 2005. After a six-year hiatus, it returned in 2011.
About 50,000 people attended last year when Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers and Maroon 5 performed.
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