Midtown music festival canceled in Atlanta due to Georgia state gun laws


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The 2022 Midtown Music Festival in Atlanta was reportedly canceled at the 11th hour following changes to Georgia state gun laws that prevent the banning of guns on public property.

Headliners for this year’s event, which was scheduled to take place September 17-18 in Piedmont Park, included My Chemical Romance, Future, Jack White and Fall Out Boy.

“Hey Midtown fans – due to circumstances beyond our control, Music Midtown will no longer be taking place this year,” a statement on the festival’s website said.

“We were looking forward to reuniting in September and hope that we can all enjoy the festival together again soon.”

The Music Midtown Festival in Atlanta following changes to a Georgia state gun law that prevents the banning of guns on public property. A festival-goer was spotted in the crowd in 2021.
(Scott Legato)

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Fox News Digital has reached out to festival organizers for comment regarding the cancellation.

The long-running event first premiered in 1996 and has seen the likes of Bob Dylan, Tony Bennett, John Mayer, Def Leppard, Foo Fighters, Pearl Jam, Florence & The Machine, Phoenix, Billie Eilish, Travis Scott and Post Malone. .

The 2022 festival planned to include more than 30 performers on four stages in the downtown park, complete with food trucks and interactive experiences, including a Ferris wheel.

Miley Cyrus performs onstage during the 2021 Music Midtown Festival at Piedmont Park on September 19, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Miley Cyrus performs onstage during the 2021 Music Midtown Festival at Piedmont Park on September 19, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia.
(By Griffin)

But a Georgia state law passed in 2014 allowed residents to legally carry guns on public lands, including Piedmont Park, and the Atlanta Journal-Constitution and a number of news outlets reported. that the cancellation was for fear of a potential lawsuit due to the weapons banning event. However, an ally of Governor Brian Kemp has made suggestions that the Music Midtown festival has been canceled due to low ticket sales.

In 2014, former Georgia Governor Nathan Deal signed the Safe Carry Protection Act, which opponents have dubbed the “guns everywhere bill,” allowing owners, primarily churches, schools and bars, to decide whether they wanted guns in their establishments.

The Georgia Supreme Court set new rules in 2019 on what types of businesses can ban guns on public lands after a gun rights group sued the Atlanta Botanical Garden when one of its members was not allowed to enter public space because of openly carrying a firearm.

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Machine Gun Kelly performs on day one of 2021 Music Midtown at Piedmont Park on September 18, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia.

Machine Gun Kelly performs on day one of 2021 Music Midtown at Piedmont Park on September 18, 2021 in Atlanta, Georgia.
(Scott Legato)

An appeals court confirmed that the botanical garden was on public land, but had a long-term lease and could therefore make decisions as a private entity.

Music Midtown has banned the bringing of weapons “of any kind” into the festival, and some artist riders stipulate specific language, including non-enforcement clauses if local laws allow attendees to bring firearms onto the website.

It’s unclear when or if LiveNation plans to move the event to a private location.

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