Staged in the heart of downtown Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park, Shaky Knees Music Festival celebrates its fifth anniversary on May 12-14, 2017 with more than 60 bands, including headliners The xx, LCD Soundsystem and Phoenix. The lineup also includes Cage the Elephant, Pixies, The Shins, Nick Murphy, X Ambassadors, Third Eye Blind, Portugal. The Man, Moon Taxi, Sylvan Esso, Dr. Dog, Catfish and the Bottlemen, The Revivalist, Shovels and Rope, Car Seat Headrest, Anderson East, The Record Company, Margaret Glaspy, Fruit Bats and more. Tickets, available here, range from an advance three-day pass for $185 to daily tickets and even a payment plan.
The festival’s official charity is Songs for Kids, the Atlanta organization that enriches the lives of children suffering from illness and hardship. Musicians are integrated year-round into kids’ lives both in and out of children’s hospitals and special needs camps through live interactive concerts, hospital bedside performances and via a songwriting and recording program. Musicians and children from Songs for Kids will present a performance each day during Shaky Knees.
Register here for a chance to win the Ultimate Shaky Weekend VIP Experience for you and nine of your friends. The package includes ten VIP three-day tickets to Shaky Knees, five hotel rooms for the weekend, transportation to and from the festival all weekend long and access to downtown attractions including the Georgia Aquarium, Skyview Atlanta ferris wheel, NCAAF Hall of Fame, World of Coke and more.
Atlanta promoter Tim Sweetwood, who previously bought talent for Masquerade, founded Shaky Knees in 2013 to bring an indie music-focused festival experience to the city. With lineups that have included The Lumineers, Band of Horses, Jim James, The 1975, Florence + The Machine and My Morning Jacket (whose song “Steam Engine” inspired the festival name), Sweethood has succeeded in building an independently-owned event that has garnered national attention, attracted more than 40,000 fans last year and spawned a second music festival, Shaky Beats, that debuted in 2016 and featured primarily electronic music. Shaky Beats returns in 2017 on May 5-7, the weekend before Shaky Knees. For more on Sweetwood and Shaky Knees, check out this 2015 Creative Loafing profile.