Stalwart Atlanta music venue The Masquerade is marking its 25th anniversary with a two-day music festival it’s calling the Wrecking Ball. With a mix of punk, emo and metal bands headed up by Coheed and Cambria, The Descendents, Glassjaw, Thrice, the Get Up Kids and Desparacidos, the lineup certainly represents the primary styles of music that the club, housed in a historic former excelsior mill, has come to be known for.
The action on August 8th and 9th will take place on the Masquerade’s four stages – the outdoor Music Park plus the three indoor levels Heaven, Hell and Purgatory. Additionally, a pre-festival night of Punk Rock Karaoke will take place August 7th with an all-star live band including Greg Hetson of Bad Religion, Derek O’Brien of the Adolescents, Eric Melvin of NOFX and Stan Lee and Edward Tater of the Dickies.
Don’t take the Wrecking Ball name literally, though! Although the venue has long been the subject of rumors and speculation regarding its future and the plans of intown developers, a club spokesman insists the Masquerade isn’t going anywhere anytime soon, and in fact they are planning the Wrecking Ball as an annual event.