Red Hot Chili Peppers, Journey headline Music Midtown schedule

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ATLANTA - Music Midtown organizers have announced the concert lineup for the two-day September music festival at Piedmont Park.

The Red Hot Chili Peppers headline Saturday's lineup. Journey is on the bill Friday night.

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Joining Journey on Friday, Sept. 20 is Jane's Addiction, Cake, Drivin N Cryin, 2 Chainz, Phoenix, North Mississippi Allstars and the Mowgli's.

On Saturday, Sept. 21, the Red Hot Chili Peppers will be joined by the Black Lips, Weezer, Imagine Dragons, Queens of the Stone Age, Arctic Monkeys, Capital Cities, Kendrick Lamar, Mona, the Neighbourhood, Reignwolf, Tegan and Sara, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and ZZ Ward.

Tickets go on sale this Saturday. Prices are $40 for Friday night, $65 for Saturday or $90 for both days. Ticket prices will increase on Aug. 1.

The event has added a third stage to the festival. In 2012, there were two stages for the bands to perform.

“Music Midtown is always evolving and this year’s expansion of the festival footprint is part of that," said Peter Conlon, president of Live Nation Atlanta, which produces the event. "At this time, we’re not increasing capacity, our move into Oak Hill will allow us to feature more music on a third stage. The Roxy stage will be located near the festival entrance on 10th Street and feature some terrific talent throughout the weekend.”

Music Midtown was an annual event in the Atlanta area from 1994-2005.  it returned to Atlanta in 2011 following a six-year hiatus.

In 2011, Music Midtown was a one-day event that included Coldplay and the Black Keys. In 2012, festival organizers scheduled it as a two-day affair that included Pearl Jam, the Foo Fighters, T.I., Ludacris, the Neon Trees and Joan Jett, among others.

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Organizers estimated the crowd at 50,000 people for the Saturday event in 2012. Thousands more filled the park on Friday night.

“The quality of talent at Music Midtown makes a weekend pass the ultimate experience for music fans,” said Conlon. “Our lineup showcases an appreciation for the different genres and the variety of music our attendees want to hear. Combine that with the festival amenities including more cuisine and beverage selections and additional onsite activations and the value of Music Midtown is second to none.”