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What You Can and Cannot Bring to Music Midtown

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Article Summary

  • We go over everything allowed and not allowed at Music Midtown
  • Music Midtown disallows lots of items often allowed at other festivals like backpacks or Camelbaks
  • Be sure to always double check the list before heading off to Music Midtown

Knowing what you can and cannot bring to Music Midtown can make all the difference between a crappy day and a good one. It’s a really awful feeling to get to the festival gates only to find out you’ve brought something prohibited and you will either need to part with it or head back to your hotel. This may seem unrealistic but I see it happen all the time at music festivals. This article goes over everything you can and cannot bring to Music Midtown, and then goes over some important points in detail. Let’s start with what you CAN bring to Music Midtown.

Items Allowed At Music Midtown

Note that this list comes from Music Midtown’s Official Page. We try to always keep this updated but it’s always good to double check there as well.

The following items are ALLOWED:

  • Binoculars
  • Blankets, Sheets, Towels
  • Cameras – only nonprofessional cameras will be allowed, and must be without equipment attachments such as selfie sticks, tripods, and monopods
  • Water – you may bring one factory sealed bottle of water and refill it throughout the day at our free water filling stations (up to 1 liter), or an empty re-usable water bottle

Items Not Allowed At Music Midtown

  • Aerosol containers, including sunscreen and personal beauty products
  • Any and all professional audio recording equipment
  • Professional cameras and professional recording (photo, video, audio) equipment (NO large professional detachable zoom lenses, stands, monopods, tripods, attachment sticks (selfie sticks) or other commercial equipment.
  • Any and all professional video equipment. No video recording will be allowed
  • Drones or any other remote flying device
  • Coolers of any kind. (Exceptions may be made for medical use)
  • Backpacks & Camelbaks
  • Hammocks
  • Baby Strollers
  • Glass and metal containers of any kind
  • Illegal and Illicit substances of any kind
  • Outside food or beverage (including alcohol) of any kind, except 1 factory sealed bottles of water (up to 1 liter)
  • Umbrellas
  • Pets (except service animals)
  • Professional radios or walkie-talkies
  • Selfie sticks
  • Skateboards, scooters, bicycles, wagons, carts or any personal motorized vehicles
  • Tents, canopies, or shade structures of any kind
  • Unauthorized/unlicensed vendors are not allowed. No unauthorized solicitation and materials including handbills, flyers, stickers, beach balls, give-aways, samples, etc.
  • Weapons or explosives of any kind
  • Fireworks
  • Large chains or spiked jewelry
  • Bicycles inside festival grounds (free parking is available near festival entrance)
  • Carts of any kind (including Red Wagons)
  • Chairs of any kind
  • Festival Totems and Flags

Important Points On Music Midtown & What You Can Bring

Note that Music Midtown definitely has some weird prohibited items that many music festivals allow you to bring. These are some points you may want to note and common questions revolving around what you can bring.

No Camelbaks or Backpacks at Music Midtown

Perhaps the oddest is the fact that Music Midtown doesn’t allow festivalgoers to bring a Camelbak. Given the fact that Atlanta in September is sweltering this is pretty disappointing. You CAN bring a sealed water bottle up to 1L so we suggest you at least take advantage of that and leave the Camelbak at home.

No Aerosol Sunscreen

This is probably the most common disallowed item I see at Music Midtown. You cannot bring any spray cans to the festival so be sure to get suncreen in lotion form if you bring it to Music Midtown.

Can I bring food in with me?

Negative – you can only bring one water bottle with you. No food, no drinks, no nothing else. You can obviously always try to sneak it in but if you get caught you just gave security lunch.

No Umbrellas – Go With A Poncho

Note that if you are planning to bring stuff to stay dry, which we recommend you do, you cannot bring an umbrella. This is 50/50 with most music festivals – some allow them and some ban them because they do block the view of other people behind you. We typically go with a cheap poncho anyway – it’s lightweight and will keep you dry.

What  about medication?

Music Midtown doesn’t explicitly state anything about medicine but here’s how it typically works at music festivals. If it is OTC you can bring a daily dosage, like a Tylenol pill in a packet. You cannot bring an entire bottle of Tylenol in. With prescribed medicine you can typically bring in a daily dosage if you bring the prescription in your name and ID card.


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There you have it, everything you can and cannot bring with you to Music Midtown. Admittedly, a lot of these are obvious, but some aren’t, so it is good to know what isn’t allowed before you go. Don’t be the guy who makes your group run back to the hotel because you brought something you can’t part with to the festival.

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