Live Review: Day 3 @ Shaky Knees Music Festival – May 5th 2024

After two days of zipping back and forth across Central Park catching performer after performer, Sunday always hits a bit slowly.  The crowds tend to be a bit more subdued as they start the afternoon.  We made our way over to the Piedmont stage and kicked off Day 3 with Southern-California indie rockers, Benches.  Their energetic mix of post-punk garage rock had a bit of 90’s Britpop and early 2000’s Strokes flavor and it set the perfect tone for the day ahead.  Next up was Fazerdaze, the performance name of New Zealand singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, and producer, Amelia Rahayu Murray.  Fazerdaze was the perfect music at the perfect time…  Murray’s grungy shoegaze is known for creating music that blends dreamy pop elements with grungy shoegaze guitar riffs and ethereal vocals tapped perfectly into the Sunday afternoon vibe.

 As the day progressed the buzz and excitement ratcheted up with English rock duo Nova Twins, who took to the Peachtree stage with their fierce energy and grimey punk-inspired sound.  They were one of the highlights of the day and it’s easy to see why they have been tapped to open for Foo Fighters on their Spring tour.  The Struts, led by their mesmerizing frontman Luke Spiller, kept the momentum going with their glam-rock theatrics, delivering a high-octane performance that had the audience up, moving, and singing along.  The feelgood vibe was in overdrive after their set.

Continuing with the rollercoaster of emotions and tempo, Men I Trust downshifted with their smooth indie dream-pop tunes, providing a brief dose of tranquility after the previous sets.  Apparently, the relaxed vibe reached all the way to the clouds, and after holding off for the past two days, the rains released on the Shaky fans in Central Park.  The showers bordered on biblical with their ferocity and even the Atlanta skyline was shadowed by the torrents of rain.  But it was Billy Idol who seemed to chase the rain away.  As he and his band took the stage, the rain slowed to a drizzle, and the clouds parted showing a bit of blue sky again.  Despite everyone standing in ankle deep water and mud, the mood was buoyant as Billy Idol, unleashed his signature rock ‘n’ roll swagger.  Despite the years, he has not lost a bit of his snarling vocals and gritty charisma.  Flanked by long time musical partner, Steve Stevens and backed by a talented band, Idol mixed new tunes with his classic hits, reminding everyone why he’s a true punk rock icon.  Keeping the mood high as we set in on the final few acts of the weekend, we trekked across the park one more time for Matt And Kim.  Known for their energetic live shows and infectious beats, they turned the Ponce stage crowd into a massive dance party.

And although we were unable to photograph their set, the Foo Fighters closed out the night with an epic performance, delivering hit after hit and capping yet another incredible Shaky Knees Festival weekend.  Tim Sweetwood continues to deliver year after year, and Shaky remains a must-see event.  It still feels like a bit of a musical family reunion, and something we continue to look forward to.  We are already anticipating next year!

Check out some photo highlights from Day 3 below.

Day 3 at Shaky Knees Music Festival 2024
Photos © Dan Kulpa // Clashdan Photography