The Festival Beat: Know Your Lineup
Damn did this festival even out! We'll miss some of the funkier styles we enjoyed at Olympic Park last year but its nice to see a little more dancey DJs without sacrificing too much headbanging. And if you are a basshead don't worry. We suspect that in ATL of all places many of the artists we think of as big room or dance are gonna get slip some dirty bass into their sets.
It's easy to mess up the headliners as a newer electronic festival. You want to have enough mass appeal to capitalize on the fact that this is a very popular genre right now. But you don't want to go so mainstream that you look like a radio-fest. Shaky Beats was on the wrong side of that line with The Chainsmokers last year. They did not make the same mistake this year. All 3 "closers" have the balance of being someone even the high schooler that's just going to be seen has heard of, while being someone that everyone has to respect as talented and versitile even if they're not your style.
Slowly but surely Shaky Beats is starting to establish itself as a perennial dance festival. They have a lot of changes to work through this year, from the balance of artists, the their return to Central Park. If they can get some performances this year to be stand-outs (rather than just good) and pull together a lineup that can't be messed with next year... they just may be here to stay.