Picture an aquatic themed wonderland with great music, art, performance, and more in the heart of a metropolitan cultural hub. What you are picturing is Imagine Music Festival (IMF), and it is returning to Atlanta, GA this August 26, 27 & 28th for its 3rd year. Only this year, Imagine Festival will be moving to a bigger, better venue at the Atlanta Motor Speedway, the largest event facility in the ATL. After its first year, IMF doubled in attendance, so this year there will be all new camping included in a venue that can hold over 100,000 music festival enthusiasts.
Every year IMF has put together an eclectic EDM (with some Hip-Hop) lineup to impress fans. This year, the lineup is more diverse than ever, with headliners from multiple subgenres of EDM and lots of artists for everyone's musical tastes. Looking for some classic dubstep? Adventure Club, Caspa b2b Rusko, and Excision will be there to wreck up the place. Maybe some Drum N Bass is more your taste? Pendulum, Nero, Aphrodite and more are going to throw down at the Drum N Bass stage this year. Maybe you fancy some electronic with a psychedelic twist? The Polish Ambassador, Ott and the All-Seeing I, Space Jesus, Opiou, will all be there to blow your mind. Jam Bands? The Disco Biscuits and Papadosio will be there to rock the stage. And of course it would be a crime to have an EDM festival in ATL without some Trap; Herobust and Keys N Krates gotchu covered. Pretty much everything under the sun in the world of dance music will be there. The event organizers have stated that "This is a monumental year for us, so we had to make sure the lineup was impactful and touched a diverse group of dance music fans".
IMF offers much more than just EDM music and flashy lights, though. The festival also offers a unique underwater vibe full of wonder: "The festival will continue to build on its immersive aquatic fairytale with an abundance of performers, live acts, unique atmospheres, vendors and The Imaginarium’s variety of sacred teachings, ceremonies, and transformational workshops." The festival will have an entire Transformational Village called the Imaginarium, which makes it stand out from the crowd of other EDM festivals that are mostly about the music and art. This year the Imaginarium will feature Yoga classes, guided meditations, flow art, drum circles, and live art. In addition to these wonders, there will be 5 stages, a Silent Disco until sunrise, amusement rides, water features and installations (including AQUA 3d water holograms), a splash pool, and so much more. Seriously, what more could you ask for?!
If you aren't already convinced that maybe you need to check this festival out, IMF has been voted one of Top 30 music festivals in the world by Fest300 and made the Top Ten Emerging Music Festivals on USA Today. That's kind of a big deal, folks. Naming itself "Atlanta's Premier EDM Festival," Imagine is an experience worth well... experiencing. Tickets are available now at $229 for a 3-day pass. Want to save some money and help provide drinking water for children in Ghana? The 3-day, $200 AQUA package provides you with exclusive experiences and donates 1 year of clean water to a child in Ghana. Camping and parking passes are sold separately, so don't forget to grab those if you plan on bringing your car or staying the weekend on site. There are also VIP options which include front row pit access, elevated viewing areas, an air conditioned chill lounge, and many more amenities, costing just $399 for a 3-day VIP pass.
Check out www.imaginefestival.com for more information.
The Disco Biscuits
Bad Company (UK)
Black Tiger Sex Machine
The Bloody Beetroots (SBCR DJ set)
Caspa B2B Rusko
Corin Roddick of Purity Ring DJ set
Drumsound & Baseline Smith
Funtcase B2B Cookie Monsta
Ill Gates vs KJ Sawka
Keys N Krates
Michel Menert & The Pretty Fantastics
Ott & The All Seeing I
Pendulum (DJ Set & Verse)
The Polish Ambassador
Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs (DJ set)
Ying Yang Twins & Pyramid Scheme.
Local & Regional
Johnny Good Time
MC Arion Lee
Slow N Low Block
Additional stages curated by:
Ian Live & Friends
Mighty High Coup
Ricky Raw & Friends
Article written by Colin Eldridge