Midtown Music Festival in Atlanta canceled, due to Georgia gun laws

Midtown Music Festival in Atlanta canceled, due to Georgia gun laws

Although the organizers did not give a reason for canceling the festival, various media reports citing industry and festival sources said the cancellation was due to a recent interpretation of the Georgian Weapons Act, which allows the use of firearms in public places, including parks.

According to his website, weapons and explosives of any kind were prohibited at the festival. Gun rights advocates lobbied against this position, raising questions about the festival’s ability to restrict firearms because Georgia allows guns to be transported in parks.

Sources familiar with the cancellation decision by Live Nation who spoke to Rolling Stone said Georgia’s gun laws were to blame.

Georgia gun advocate Phil Evans told CNN he emailed festival organizers in May to update them on Georgia’s gun laws and the Georgia Supreme Court case dealing with guns he was a party to. Evans said he also asked the city of Atlanta to deny a permit to Live Nation for Music Midtown, due to the festival’s ban on firearms.

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

“The City of Atlanta must respect and abide by state law when dealing with entities that make use of taxpayer-owned property that wish to make money from such use, or even otherwise,” the email read.

The organizer’s tweet on Twitter said the event scheduled for September 17 and 18 in Piedmont Park had been canceled “due to circumstances beyond our control”.

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

“We were looking forward to the September reunion and hopefully we can all enjoy the festival together again soon,” the organizers said.

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

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

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

Organizers said ticket refunds will be processed automatically within the next 24 hours.

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