In its third year, The Shaky Knees Music Festival has hit its stride. The Atlanta based festival conceived by event promoter Tim Sweetwood has evolved from two days to three and changed locations each year. This year it seems to have found an ideal location in Atlanta’s Central Park. The Park is certainly more spacious and offered more shade and greenery than last year’s home in the sweltering parking lots of the Atlantic Station shopping complex. In addition to the new location, the weather also offered a positive change from previous years… While the first two years of the festival featured at least one or more days that included heavy rain, this year it was as if the Rain Gods offered their approval of the Central Park location and held the clouds at bay. There was bright sunshine in abundance.
This year’s lineup was arguably the strongest to date with an array of top indie rock and alternative bands and even a few heavier acts as well. Day one highlights included strong sets from Surfer Blood, Haerts, Kaiser Chiefs, The Kooks, Clutch, Mastodon, Pixies, and a triumphant headlining set from the Strokes.