The indie rock focused Shaky Knees Music Festival returned to Atlanta for its fourth year. Since its creation by concert promoter Tim Sweetwood, the festival has grown from its modest beginnings as a two-day event at Masquerade Music Park to a three day, five stage festival with over 70 bands. As Shaky Knees has grown and evolved, so to has it’s location, and 2016 saw the festival moved to a new home at a larger and even more central location in the heart of downtown Atlanta, the expansive Centennial Olympic Park and International Plaza. The new space provided festival goers with easy access to public transportation and a wide variety of nearby lodging options.
With a host of summer music festival options often being driven by big corporations, Shaky Knees has stayed true to Tim Sweetwood’s original vision and continues to offer a line-up stacked with must-see rock bands from powerhouse headliners to indie rock royalty, as well as a host of up and coming artists just starting to build a buzz.
Friday kicked off like last year with bright sunshine, but rather than the sweltering heat and humidity of last year, festival-goers were greeted with a light cool breeze that kept the humidity at bay and made for a perfect afternoon to catch some performances, and that is exactly what we did. Highlights from day 1 included a fiery opening performance from Beach Slang, Foxing making a name for themselves with a storming set, a laid-back Brain Fallon playing solo acoustic, an electrifying and highly engaging performance from Canada’s (soon to no longer be) best kept secret July Talk, the stunning in your face punk assault of Savages, the Kills returning to the stage with some strong new tunes, a theatrical performance from Ghost that was equal parts creepy and captivating, and a headlining performance of Ritual De Lo Habitual from the enduring Jane’s Addiction.