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Georgia Gun Laws Lead to Cancellation of Atlanta Music Festival

  • Organizers wouldn’t be able to ban firearms at event
  • Festival usually draws thousands of fans to midtown park
Atlanta, Georgia.

Atlanta, Georgia.

Photographer: Dustin Chambers/Bloomberg

Atlanta’s Midtown Music Festival, an event that draws tens of thousands of fans annually to the city’s Piedmont Park, has been canceled. The reason is that Georgia’s gun laws wouldn’t allow organizers to ban firearms, according to a person familiar with the decision who asked not to be identified.

The event, scheduled for Sept. 17-18, was to feature headliners My Chemical Romance, Future, Jack White and Fallout Boy. Live Nation Entertainment Inc., the organizer of the event, said in a Facebook post that the concert was canceled “due to circumstances beyond our control,” without elaborating. Peter Conlon, head of Live Nation’s Georgia and Alabama office, didn’t respond to requests for comment.