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Music Midtown returns to Atlanta

ATLANTA -- Since 2005, Music Midtown has been on hiatus due to growing expenses surrounding the festival, which left Atlanta and the neighboring areas yearning for its return -- and this year, that wish has come true. The large music festival is setting up shop at the Meadow of Piedmont Park on Saturday for a full day of live music.

The one-day festival has brought some big names to the stage. Headlining this year is Coldplay, famous for hits like "Viva la Vida," "Speed of Sound" and "Yellow." Other large names include Cage the Elephant ("No Rest for the Wicked") and the Black Keys ("Tighten Up"), plus Atlanta's own The Constellations ("Felicia") and Manchester Orchestra ("Shake It Out").

Although the famous festival is back, there are many modifications to the structure of the event. It is open for one day, when it was once rocking for a three-day weekend. This year there are two stages, a much smaller scale than the previous six stages and no band's show will overlap from group to group, unlike past performances. In 2005, Music Midtown could attract more than 200,000 fans over the weekend in the neighborhood adjacent to the Atlanta Civic Center -- Piedmont Park taps out their crowds at 55,000 attendees.

No matter the differences, the music fest has returned, ready to get people on their feet and dance the day away. Riding MARTA to the event is highly encouraged because there is a shortage of parking at the park and the surrounding streets.

A portion of ticket proceeds will to toward Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed's Centers of Hope, which funds recreation centers and after-school activities for school children in the city. He would like to reopen each center to create a safe and positive atmosphere for those who spend time at them.