Thousands of music lovers enjoyed a day of dynamic performances on Sept. 12 at the ONE Musicfest in Atlanta. A list of the hottest urban acts around took to the stage at Aaron’s Amphitheater in Lakewood for the festival’s sixth year in operation.
The talent of the day ranged from rock to hip-hop, soul, reggae, electro, house, and even disco. The artists who performed for the crowd of around 10,000 were Ms. Lauryn Hill, Janelle Monae and the Wondaland artists, Big KRIT, Wale, A$AP Rocky, Bun B, Raekwon, The Internet, Scarface, 8Ball & MJG, The Roots, Ghostface, Raury, SZA, and Ryan Leslie.
Along with music acts that catered to all ages and backgrounds, there were world renowned DJs, VIP tents, food trucks, and vendors from Atlanta-based businesses. Atlanta Councilman Andre Dickens also attended and unveiled an official document declaring Sept. 12 “ONE Musicfest Day.”
According to Jason Carter, ONE Musicfest founder and producer, the annual block party-esque concert shows no sign of slowing down.
“There is a lack of representation for soul, progressive hip-hop, alternative and rock, represented under one roof, in the format of music festivals in Atlanta,” Carter said. “We have noticed that while there are many pockets of individuals that share taste in the same music, rarely do you see them share in this together.”
He continued, “ONE Musicfest was created with the idea of ‘music as the universal language.’ Over time, we aim to grow this fest into a phenomenon and bring together different sectors of individuals through a unique music platform.”
Check out photos from one of the biggest festivals in the Southeast below.