The 2021 Return of Music Midtown


Photo by Ashton Bonney

On Sept. 18 and 19, Atlanta’s annual Music Midtown came to life yet again. Music Midtown is a two-day festival that is hosted every year in Piedmont Park. It consists of four stages, a lineup of 30+ popular music artists, a variety of food and drinks and thousands upon thousands of people.

The event was cancelled in the year 2020 due to the COVID-19 pandemic but returned this year with a list of safety guidelines.

Tate McRae; Photo by Ashton Bonney 

The health and COVID-19 protocols of the festival were made very clear this year. Midtown said, “The safety of our patrons and our staff is our number one priority. As such, a full COVID-19 vaccination or negative COVID-19 test result will be required to attend Music Midtown 2021.” The festival prohibits many other things upon entry including outside food/drinks (including alcohol), unsealed containers of any kind, bags that are not completely clear, etc.

Evion Reinhardt, University of North Georgia student and nursing major says after her first time at the festival, “Music midtown attracted a much bigger crowd than I anticipated. While entering the festival, they checked out vaccine cards and I’m very glad they give you the option to wear a mask if you are fully vaccinated. I got to enjoy the festival without having to wear a mask in big crowd. I really enjoyed being around that many people who all were there to have a good time! I’ll definitely be going next year.”

Some artists that performed this year, like Tate McRae, said that these were the biggest crowds that they had ever performed in front of in their music career. Many of the artists grew their fame on the social media app TikTok in the past year, so getting to perform after the spike of the pandemic brought them huge success.

Photo by Ashton Bonney

The 2021 lineup included some big names such as Megan Thee Stallion, Maroon 5, Machine Gun Kelly, The Jonas Brothers, Marshmello, 21Savage, Jack Harlow and more. But, the biggest crowd gathered at Midtown was for Miley Cyrus, who closed out the festival on Saturday night. She performed many hit songs and throwbacks like “Party in the USA,” “The Climb,” “Wrecking Ball” and more. Fans screamed every word to every song in unity.