Atlanta’s Music Midtown festival canceled, reportedly due to state gun laws

The Atlanta Music Midtown music festival, which draws tens of thousands of concertgoers and hit musicians each year, “will no longer take place this year,” organizers announced in a tweet on Monday. (Video above: WYFF News 4 Morning Headlines) Organizers did not cite a reason for canceling the festival, with various outlets citing industry and festival sources saying the cancellation was due to a recent interpretation of the Georgia Firearms Act, which allows firearms in public spaces, including parks. gender are prohibited at the festival, according to its website. Gun rights advocates had mounted a lobbying campaign against the stance, questioning the festival’s ability to restrict guns since Georgia allows guns to be carried in parks. laws as reason. Georgian gun lawyer Phil Evans told CNN he emailed festival organizers in May, informing them of Georgia’s gun laws and a court case. Supreme Court of Georgia regarding firearms in which he was a party. Evans said he also asked the city of Atlanta to deny Live Nation a permit for Music Midtown, given the festival’s gun ban. intent to violate established state law.” “The City of Atlanta must follow and enforce state law when dealing with entities that use property owned by taxpayers who wish to gain money through such use, or even otherwise,” the email reads. The organizer’s tweet Chemical Romance, Future, Jack White and Fall Out Boy among others, according to the festival’s website Festival of the Year drew some 50,000 people and featured performances by Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers and Maroon 5, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.Atlanta City Council Speaker Doug Shipman said it was a “sad day” after news of the cancellation had real impacts and in this case, economic and social implications on a great tradition,” said tweeted Shipman. Ticket refunds will be processed automatically within the next 24 hours, organizers said. tweeted an invitation to hold the festival in his state, saying, “We’re ready to welcome you to one of our amazing indoor spaces to help you have a fun and safe festival.”

The Atlanta Music Midtown music festival, which attracts tens of thousands of concertgoers and successful musicians each year, “will no longer take place this year,” organizers said in a statement. Tweeter Monday.

(Video above: WYFF News 4 morning headlines)

Although the organizers did not cite a reason for canceling the festival, various media outlets citing industry and festival sources said the cancellation was due to a recent interpretation of Georgia’s firearms law, which allows firearms in public spaces, including parks.

Weapons and explosives of any kind are prohibited at the festival, according to its website. Gun rights advocates had mounted a lobbying campaign against the stance, questioning the festival’s ability to restrict guns since Georgia allows guns to be carried in parks.

Sources with knowledge of operator Live Nation’s cancellation decision who spoke to Rolling Stone cited Georgia’s gun laws as the reason.

Georgian gun lawyer Phil Evans told CNN he emailed festival organizers in May, informing them of Georgia’s gun laws and a court case. Supreme Court of Georgia regarding firearms in which he was a party. Evans said he also asked the city of Atlanta to deny Live Nation a permit for Music Midtown, given the festival’s gun ban.

In the email dated May 13, Evans asked the city to deny the permit “because they have publicly stated their intent to violate established state law.”

“The City of Atlanta should follow and enforce state law when dealing with entities that use property owned by taxpayers who wish to make money from such use, or even otherwise” , indicates the email.

The event scheduled for September 17-18 at Piedmont Park has been canceled “due to circumstances beyond our control,” the organizer’s tweet read.

The music festival was to feature a “diverse lineup of over 30 artists across 4 stages,” including My Chemical Romance, Future, Jack White and Fall Out Boy, among others, according to the festival’s website.

“We were looking forward to reuniting in September and hope that we can enjoy the festival together again soon,” organizers said.

Last year’s festival drew some 50,000 people and featured performances by Miley Cyrus, the Jonas Brothers and Maroon 5, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

Atlanta City Council President Doug Shipman said it was a “sad day” after the announcement of the cancellation.

“Public policy has real impacts and, in this case, economic and social implications on a great tradition,” Shipman tweeted.

Ticket refunds will be processed automatically within the next 24 hours, organizers said.

North Carolina Governor Roy Cooper offered festival organizers a solution on Tuesday.

Cooper tweeted out an invitation to hold the festival in his state, saying, “We’re ready to welcome you to one of our amazing indoor spaces to help you have a fun and safe festival.”

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