Followers, occasion organizers blame Georgia’s gun legal guidelines for Music Midtown cancellation – WSB-TV Channel 2

Organizers cancel Music Midtown due to ‘situations beyond our control’ The two-day concert was supposed to be September 17-18, at Piedmont Park.

ATLANTA – Music Midtown on Monday announced that the weekend-long music festival has been cancelled.

In a Facebook post, Music Midtown said, “due to circumstances beyond our control, Music Midtown will no longer be taking place this year.”

Channel 2’s Dave Huddleston learned on Monday that it appeared a local man was defying public events to prevent people from carrying weapons in public places.

Georgia passed legislation in 2014 saying guns cannot be banned on public property, like Piedmont Park.

Music Midtown is one of the largest music festivals in the Southeast. Festival performers include My Chemical Romance, Fall Out Boy, rapper Atlanta Future and Jack White. Atlanta rapper 2 Chainz is also scheduled to perform.

The two-day concert was supposed to be from September 17-18.

Channel 2 News Action have exclusive details on what may have led to the cancellation.

We received emails from two independent sources showing a Monroe County man telling the city attorney on May 4, “First of all, I disagree that buying a ticket is a waiver of the Third Amendment. My 2nd and 4th. The second problem is that legally carried weapons cannot be banned in public parks.”

Although the festival’s organizers did not give a specific reason for its cancellation, some cities and event organizers said it was because the festival could not ban guns in the park.

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“Under Georgia law, people are allowed to bring in Midtown Music without being banned for eight years,” said John Monroe, vice president of GA2A, a state gun rights organization.

Monroe told Huddleston that recent court challenges to Georgia’s 2014 law are upheld. That law allows people to carry guns in public places like Piedmont Park.

“It’s been the law for many years in Georgia if a private organization like Live Nation, the promoter of Music Midtown, if they rent out the festival property from a public organization like in this case, the city of Atlanta. at Piedmont Park, they have to follow the rules regarding public property,” Monroe said.

“I know a lot of artists that have that in their contracts. And a public place like this, if you can’t, they won’t perform,” said festival-goer Trent Thurman.

Huddleston tried to contact Music Midtown and Live Nation about their reasons for canceling the festival. As of writing this article, he has not received a response.

The cancellation notice states that those who purchased tickets can get a full refund through the website where they purchased the ticket.

Music Midtown began in 1994 and was held every year until 2005. After a six hiatus, it returned in 2011.

About 50,000 people attended last year, when Miley Cyrus, Jonas Brothers and Maroon 5 performed.

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