Shaky Knees Music Festival
Centennial Olympic Park – Atlanta, GA – 5.12.17-5.14.17
Photos by: Ashton Garner
This past weekend welcomed one of Atlanta’s top music festivals, Shaky Knees, with open arms. This past weekend from May 12-15, Shaky Knees brought a good time to Centennial Olympic Park. In return, the park gave fans a good view of the Atlanta skyline in all directions and a chill, open space. The ferris wheel was visible almost anywhere in the park, and at night the trees lit up blue and red: the colors of Shaky Knees. Whether festival-goers came for the music, food, or just to relax, the weekend was a fun time all around.
Springtime in Atlanta always has the potential to be as brutal as the summertime. The first two days had the threat of rain, but we were lucky and had maybe 10 minutes of rain throughout the whole weekend. Rainclouds overcast both days, making the outside much more tolerable. Temperatures hovered around the mid 70s and a cool breeze swept through Centennial, making the event much easier to enjoy. Day three was sunny, sunny, sunny, but not too hot where attendees couldn’t enjoy themselves. The weather was absolutely perfect for spending the weekend outdoors.
Now in its fifth year, Shaky Knees offered a wide variety of music to give any music fan something to look forward to. With headliners like LCD Soundsystem, The xx, and Phoenix, Shaky Knees did not disappoint. Other well-known bands like X Ambassadors, Saint Motel, Bishop Briggs, and Cage the Elephant graced the festival and gave fans an unforgettable experience. Even the Ponce De Leon stage threw down throughout the weekend with energetic bands like Arkells and Mondo Cozmo.
I was able to hit up many of the sets the festival had to offer. The well-planned schedule made sure hardcore fans would be able to see at least most of every set at the festival if they played their cards right. Even if fans wanted to take a break from the crowd, there was always something going on to keep them entertained, like a big Popeyes crispy chicken leg or a huge Ziggy Stardust they could take photos with. Coca-Cola, one of the festival’s sponsors, handed out chilled cans of soda to guests and even had a station where they could customize their own cans.
While chilling, fans could walk down food truck alley and score some awesome eats. The crowd favorite seemed to be the Roti Rolls truck, which sold drinks in pineapples like a scene straight from paradise. People had many options to choose from, including tacos, burgers, Indian food, tater tots, and macaroni and cheese, to name a few. Bearclaw Coffee even had a truck to help keep fans energized throughout the day, and King of Pops, a popular popsicle company in the Atlanta area, set up a few carts around the festival to keep people cool. Whether people were vegetarians/vegans or not, the wide variety of options from the food trucks made sure everyone was satisfied.
When they’re up and at ‘em, fans could enjoy plentiful space to lay out a blanket and hang out with friends, play frisbee, dance around, and even hula hoop in the copious space the park provided for each stage. One of the many great things about Shaky Knees was its clientele. Everyone was there to have a good time, and that’s what they did. People felt they could be carefree without judgment, which created a very relaxed and passive atmosphere for the weekend.
Overall, Shaky Knees was a blast to attend. With a killer lineup and excellent food, I’m so glad I was able to go. If next year’s festival comes anywhere close to this year’s, it won’t be something to miss.
Personal favorites at Shaky Knees:
Bands: Cage the Elephant, X Ambassadors, Arkells, Catfish and the Bottlemen, Rainbow Kitten Surprise
Food: Bento Bus’s marinated tofu rice bowl, Loaded Taco’s mahi mahi tacos, Roti Rolls’s green rice bowl, King of Pops’s raspberry rosewater popsicle