New Fight Over Gun Rights in Georgia Leads to Cancellation of Atlanta Festival 

FILE – Crowd at Music Midtown in Piedmont Park in Atlanta, Sept. 16, 2018. The cancellation of the major music festival has ignited a new fight over Georgia gun laws. Live Nation has refused to say why it abruptly called off September 2022’s Music Midtown festival. (Photo by Paul R. Giunta/Invision/AP, File)
New Fight Over Gun Rights in Georgia Leads to Cancellation of Atlanta Festival

Tens of thousands of Music Midtown festivalgoers are no longer going to descend on Atlanta’s massive Piedmont Park next month to cheer on hip-hop star Future or watch beloved rock band My Chemical Romance take the stage.

In fact, some people are convinced Atlanta — center of the nation’s hip-hop music scene — will lose more music festivals and performances on public land as organizers and artists learn that state law makes it nearly impossible for them to stop people from carrying guns among the alcohol-fueled crowds.

That prospect has ignited a new fight over gun rights in Georgia that is roiling the governor’s race, casting a shadow over Atlanta’s vaunted music scene and adding to tension between the city and state.

Live Nation has refused to say why it recently called off September’s Music Midtown, a longtime fixture for pop music lovers.