This weekend, May 13-15, marks the return of Atlanta’s annual Shaky Knees Festival, now in its fourth year. Amidst a busy summer landscape chock full of more events than ever, Shaky Knees shines as a beacon of well-curated, affordable weekend fun, counting acts like My Morning Jacket, At the Drive-In, Jane’s Addiction, Deftones, The 1975, Florence + The Machine, The Decemberists, Bloc Party, Against Me!, Slowdive, The Front Bottoms, Atlas Genius, Beach Slang, and so many more among its 2016 performers. Tickets are still available right here, with both weekend passes and single day options available, and whether you live nearby or you’re looking for a totally drivable regional escape to kick off your festival season with a bang, we’d couldn’t recommend it any more highly. We’re road-tripping down to fest this weekend to bring you coverage, and, leading up to its kickoff, we’ve been bringing you a guide to our top performer picks, broken down by day, highlighting our most-anticipated sets on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
As a little bonus, and as a nod to our fellow Music City residents, we also wanted to give you a heads up on all of the Nashville performers making the trek, so you can show them some local love. This includes bands partially based here (The Kills, Deer Tick), full-time residents, and one singer who called the Nashville are home for the last couple of years (Julien Baker). Be sure to download the fest’s official app to stay on top of your schedule, and show the bands below some local love!
FRIDAY: ALL THEM WITCHES
Friday | Buford Highway | 8:15pm
FRIDAY: THE KILLS
Friday | Boulevard | 8:15pm
SATURDAY: DREW HOLCOMB & THE NEIGHBORS
Saturday | Ponce de Leon | 2pm
SATURDAY: DEER TICK
Saturday | Peachtree | 4:45pm
SUNDAY: JULIEN BAKER
Sunday | Ponce de Leon | 12pm
Sunday | Piedmont | 12:45pm
SUNDAY: ADIA VICTORIA
Sunday | Buford Highway | 1:30pm