ATLANTA -- Music Midtown is expected to draw 170,000 people to two different parts of Piedmont Park. One of them is called "The Meadow," which is big and flat and is designed to hold large crowds.
The other is called Oak Hill, which has lots of trees and brush and isn't as crowd friendly.
Last year, Oak Hill got clobbered by the two day rain-soaked festival. One month after Music Midtown ended, public records show, Oak Hill was still rife with "thick mud," "deep foot prints" and "tree compaction," according to a memo written by the city's director of parks. Addressed to Music Midtown's promoter, Peter Conlon, Doug Voss wrote "I can not see how we can put (a) stage back on Oak Hill next year… with the property left in this condition."
But despite that, Music Midtown will back on Oak Hill this year, and bigger than ever.