Atlanta music venue the Masquerade will be relocating in mid-August from its longtime location in the Old Fourth Ward to a new home in the burgeoning West Midtown section of Atlanta.
The century-old former mill on North Avenue that has been the Masquerade’s home since opening in 1989 is being converted into a mixed used development, emblematic of the surging growth throughout metro Atlanta, and particularly (as with the currently Masquerade location) along the Beltline pathway. The club’s new location, at 1421 Fairmont Ave., will occupy a 30,000-square-foot warehouse that was at one time a battery factory. And despite the new space being on one level, it will be divided into different-sized concert spaces named Heaven, Hell and Purgatory, as has long been the case at the North Ave. location.
The final blowout for the old Masquerade will be the previously announced 2nd Annual Wrecking Ball festival, a two-day event August 13th and 14th whose name should not imply that the old building is being demolished for the new development – it’s on the national registry of historic buildings, so it’s only being repurposed. Quicksand, L7, Dinosaur Jr and Drive Like Jehu are among the volume dealers playing the festival. The following weekend, the new Masquerade will open its doors on August 20th.