Sunday Shows Wrap Up Music Midtown 2017

Tuesday, September 19, 2017 - by Patrick O'Hagan

Closing out its seventh year at Piedmont Park, Music Midtown 2017 featured a full lineup of top-tier acts throughout its two days of music spread across four stages. Sunday’s lineup included Collective Soul, Haim, MISSIO, Future, Bastille, Russ, Two Door Cinema Club, Zara Larsson, and Mumford & Sons, among more.

Nashville-based COIN played an energetic set on the Salesforce stage. The four-member group showed fans why Amazon chose them as 2017’s Breakthrough Artist of the year. They had a large crowd early on in the day and showcased their talent as a great up-and-coming band.

90s rockers Collective Soul, originally formed in Stockbridge, GA and now based out of Atlanta, made a hometown appearance Sunday before a packed audience. With number one hits such as “The World I Know” and “December,” there were plenty of opportunities for the crowd to join along in the singing. Collective Soul gave a strong performance with frontman Ed Roland at the helm. His powerful vocals and strong stage presence really added to the band’s show and made it a highlight of the festival.

Russ, another Atlanta artist, pleased his hometown with a hip-hop set that really got fans jumping. The young up-and-coming rapper has made waves in the scene with singles such as “What They Want,” and “Losin Control.” Russ writes, mixes, and produces his own music and presented an impressive set.

Indie rapper Lizzo brought a funky vibe to Midtown with her set on the Cotton Club Stage. At the same time, Irish indie rock group Two Door Cinema Club performed on the other side of the park on the Honda Stage to give festival goers a diverse choice of music options.

The weather was nice and clear, but hot as well. Medical staff workers were busy throughout the weekend tending to victims of heat exhaustion and fainting. At one point during the middle of their show on the Roxy Stage, Young The Giant had security distribute bottles of water among the masses to help keep everyone hydrated. The group had fans packed in to catch their set. Lead singer Sameer Gadhia took the stage from the top of a platform to the crowds delight and led the band through their hour-long set with his confident dancing moves and stage presence.

The festival was capped with headlining performances by Future and Mumford & Sons. Both artists attracted large crowds. British folk band Mumford & Sons played the Salesforce Stage, the same as Bruno Mars the night prior, while Future took the Roxy Stage.


Mumford & Sons played a two-hour set full of hits from their three studio albums – Sigh No More, Babel, and Wilder Mind. The Grammy and Brit Award winners captivated their audience. The group played one of their biggest hits, “Little Iron Man,” early on in the set and didn’t let up the rest of the night as they closed down Music Midtown 2017.



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