If you’ve been tuned into Insta and/or here on the blog, you can see that Bob and I have been traveling non-stop. This summer alone we’ve been to Florida, Georgia, South Carolina, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Jamaica, and most recently, back to Atlanta for Music Midtown. Music Midtown was the first music festival I’ve ever attended, and it was a great experience! I’m already itching to see who will perform next year and even looking into trying some other festivals next year.
When I was perusing the Music Midtown website, I noticed that Citi cardmembers could take advantage of Citi Private Pass benefits at the festival. We’d gain access to the Citi Cardmember Lounge, which was air-conditioned, equipped with a private bar and a GIF booth, charging station, and live feeds of the stages. They were also giving away promotional swag (sunglasses and branded sunscreen) and playing games to win VIP passes throughout the weekend!
A really awesome perk was that you could link your Music Midtown passes to your Citi card, so you could go “cashless” and make purchases throughout the festival simply using a pin you set up. This was a convenient feature that provided me with the peace of mind that I wouldn’t have to bring my wallet and risk losing it as I traipsed around the festival.
On Saturday, the first day of the festival, Bobby and I got there early and headed to the Citi Cardmember Lounge. We spent a couple hours there, enjoying drinks, making GIFs in the photo booth, and playing corn hole outside. I struck up a conversation with Chris and Meghan, executives from Livenation and Citi respectively, and to our surprise we ended up with VIP passes for the day.
We headed over to the Citi viewing section at the Electric Ballroom stage to see DNCE, and trust me when I say they were amazing. I have no shame in admitting that I’ve been a Jonas Brothers fan for 10 years now (eek, I’m getting old), so seeing Joe do so well with his new project made me so happy! They sounded great live, had impressive stage presence, and performed a ton of songs — both songs from their upcoming album and covers from Prince, David Bowie, and Drake.
After DNCE, we headed to the VIP section of Music Midtown. Although it wasn’t air conditioned like the Citi Lounge, and the charging station was considerably less efficient, Bobby and I still had a great time. There was free Shake Shack, free alcohol, and private bathrooms! Plus there were couches, corn hole, and chairs set up all around so you could view the stages while relaxing.
On Saturday we also saw Leon Bridges, a bit of Logic and G-Eazy, and then we saw Collegrove (comprised of Lil Wayne and 2 Chainz) close out the night. It doesn’t get more ATL than that! We were able to enjoy the Collegrove section from the front row of the VIP section, so thanks Citi for that awesome perk!
Sunday was dreary and rainy, and the festival was even evacuated for a while because of extreme weather. Even though we bought ponchos, it was downpouring so hard that by the time they resumed with the shows after the delay, we were pretty tired of trudging around in our muddy sandals. Unfortunately, we missed Kesha and Alabama Shakes because of this, but hey — there’s always next time. After we realized the rain wasn’t going to end, we headed off to dinner at a restaurant in Atlantic Station called Yardhouse, that had awesome drinks and delicious ahi tuna nachos!
All in all, Music Midtown was a huge success, even if we only had one full day of bright weather and VIP perks. The next day (Monday), we hung out with friends and went to Top Golf (which was soooo cool), and then it was time to head back home. Side note: I wish we had more pictures from Music Midtown, but they didn’t allow cameras in so I couldn’t bring the handy dandy DSLR. Plus I was trying to live more in the moment. It’s kind of nice just going off memories to reminisce on the experience with.
All the trips we’ve been on lately have been extremely fun and memorable, but I am very excited to settle in and enjoy more than a week or two at home.
Have you been to any festivals lately? Let me know!