The lights are dimming on another festival as Shaky Beats Festival calls it quits.
Shaky Beats fans were recently taken by surprise when the Atlanta-based festival abruptly posted to their social media channels that they would not be returning in May 2020. The post was intentionally vague, merely thanking fans for for attending over the years and glossing over why specifically the event was calling it quits.
Originally hosted at Atlanta’s Centennial Olympic Park, Shaky Beats moved to Central Park for their 2018 and 2019 editions. The festival had become a fixture of the Georgia electronic dance music scene since its debut in 2016. For many, Shaky Beats (along with Imagine) filled a void left from the discontinuation of TomorrowWorld and Counterpoint. The premiere spring time festival also hosted some some of the biggest names in dance music — from marshmello, Martin Garrix, Zedd, and Kaskade to other respected and highly-lauded artists like RÜFÜS DU SOL and Lane 8.
Now fans are left with questions over whether the festival will be returning at all, if they’d run into money or attendance problems, or if their parent company is attempting to rebrand. Whatever the future may hold, the loss of Shaky Beats will be felt throughout the south.