ONE Musicfest is back and better!
As the world says goodbye to festival season to prepare for the winter months, to end October with a bang, the Atlanta music festival had a weekend of performances featuring hip-hop legends like Jadakiss, Fabolous, Lil’ Kim, and R&B heavyweights like Brent Faiyaz, Coco Jones, The-Dream, Bryson Tiller and more, resulting in an unforgettable experience.
Although the two-day festival returned to Atlanta with the same vibes, top-tier performances and a crowd of eager attendees to match, its location was different. For 2023, the event was held at Piedmont Park, in the epicenter of ATL, serving as a bigger venue for those in attendance.
“ONE Musicfest was my best experience thus far,” Atlanta resident Damoneke Harper said before recalling eight other festivals she’s attended, including last year’s installation. “I loved the layout of the festival, the amount of food options, all of the activations, and lastly, the option to sit on a bench, chair or use a blanket.”
Moreover, the new venue is a win in Harper’s eyes.
She continued, “The layout allowed for it to feel full and fun and not to mention the weather was perfect — it was the icing on the cake. There was so much to do even when you weren’t listening to the bomb artists on the lineup.”
Speaking of things to do, there was something for everyone.
From Shein’s skating rink for attendees to take advantage of fun activities by Red Bull, Patron and Martell, there were no moments in vain.
The latter even had technology that scanned the festival-goers’ brainwaves and curated a cocktail based on their vibe.
The first night ended with a stellar performance by living legend Janet Jackson, who was joined by J. Cole, serving as the perfect surprise to end a jam-packed day.
To close the weekend, Sunday featured some of the hottest names in music like Smino, DJ Drama and Friends and more before an immaculate set by Kendrick Lamar, who took fans through hits past and present.
In true K.Dot fashion, the visuals were just as bomb as his performances, with mini-Kendricks gracing the stage. The Los Angeles native even took a moment to give the crowd praise after they nailed the acapella version of “Humble,” pointing out that after experiencing crowds worldwide, the Atlanta attendees were the only ones to remain on the beat from beginning to end.
“ONE Musicfest was the best I’ve seen it be in my years of living in Atlanta,” Harper said. “I would say it’s on its way to being the next Made in America. I’m already looking forward to next year!”