The rain started when we walked into Shaky Beats on Friday. Thankfully, there was a friendly fest attendee with a doppler app assuring everyone the storm would pass shortly. To think there was a time when we attended festivals without being able to utilize so many different mobile applications! The official Shaky Beats App kept us updated with set times and locations. Lyft got us to and from the venue. Also, it goes without saying Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter were all essentials as well.
Holding both Shaky Knees and Shaky Beats just a week apart from eachother makes every bit of sense from an organizational point of view. Lets be honest, they left the main structures up and simply swapped the signs from Knees to Beats. The layout of the event was steamlined with ample exits and thruways. Even at the largest capacity (33,000) you never experienced any huge crowd bottlenecking.
AlunaGeorge slay the Piedmont Stage!!
By the time the rain let up we ran over to the Piedmont stage to catch the last half of AlunaGeorge‘s set. For the relatively small crowd, they still performed as if it was one their sellout performances in the U.K. Her voice live is enchanting and with George on the decks- the duo never missed a beat! Her style was on point and she is an absolute vision in real life. The duo closed with their hit You Know You Like It and we promptly sprinted to the main stage for Duke Dumont.
Duke Dumonet chain smokes and checks his phone throughout set…
I mentioned that UK House DJ Duke Dumont was the artist I was very excited to see. Although, he hasnt done a whole lot of touring in the states, he played the main Peachtree stage just before Major Lazer. For that reason, you could tell many of the kids that were there for his set were just trying to get good spots for Friday night’s closer. However, mid way through his performance, I remember taking a step back to get a good look at the ever growing crowd – it was more than obvious that Duke had gained many fans that night.
His performance surpassed all of my expectations. As you can see, I was extremely emotional after he finished.
Major Lazer closes day 1 of Shaky Beats in a major way…
It was a 90 percent chance of downpour forecasted in downtown Atlanta between 9 and 11pm. Coincidentally, the same time Major Lazer was booked to close out the opening night of Shaky Beats. However, there was not a drop of rain during their performance!! They made sure not to let us forget that. They took the stage inciting the chants MAJOR LAZER and ATL HOE ATL HOE. The latter being the go to throughout the festival. With the Atlanta skyline as the backdrop, it seemed only fitting that we all give the city the propers it deserved. Walshy, Jillionaire and a gaggle of backup dancers started the show with Diplo joining about 2 minutes in. As expected, they truly brought it! Fire, smoke, and the obvious lazers. They mixed all their favorites with other huge tracks and managed to keep up the energy till the final second of the show. Take it from us, experiencing a Major Lazer performance needs to be on everyone’s bucketlist.
Due to unforeseen circumstances, we missed day two of Shaky Beats!!
However, we got some awesome interviews, festie photos, and day 3 coverage to come!!