Calling all music lovers! Back for its sixth year, Shaky Knees Music Festival returns to Central Park on May 4-6 and draws together local and out-of-state fans alike. Headlined by Jack White, Queens of the Stone Age and The National, this year's buzzy lineup boasts more than 60 bands on four stages. The roaster also includes names like Fleet Foxes, The War on Drugs, Vance Joy, Cake, Courtney Barnett, Nathaniel Rateliff & The Night Sweats, Lord Huron, Atlanta’s own Manchester Orchestra, Matt and Kim and more.
Following on its heels on May 11-13, Shaky Beats Music Festival welcomes electric acts like Kygo, Marshmello, Zedd, Ludacris and 50-plus acts to Central Park. Here’s what to know before you go.
When local talent buyer and concert promoter Tim Sweetwood created Shaky Knees in 2013, it was the hottest intown festival to hit the city since Music Midtown. The name was inspired by a lyric from a My Morning Jacket song; the band later headlined the festival in 2016.
Passes for Shaky Knees start at $99 for one day and $189 for three days. Before arriving, check their website for a list of approved and prohibited items. Are you a through-and-through fan? Attendees with a tattoo of the festival logo get in free. Ticket prices and festival times vary for Shaky Beats.
The Shaky Knees gates open at 11:30 am every day with music starting at 11:45. While bigger names take the stage later in the day, early birds can scope out the food trucks, photo booths and phone charging stations before the crowds. The first acts each day are presented by the Songs For Kids Foundation, which helps kids battling serious illness to express themselves through music. Download the Shaky Knees Music Fest app for an up-to-date schedule.
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