Four live stages. Nearly 100 acts. Thousands of free-spirited festivalgoers. This is the recipe that turned Kingston Downs in Georgia into a musical powerhouse during CounterPoint Music Festival, April 25–27. A diversified lineup brought diehard fans from all over the country to enjoy sets from some of music’s hottest acts.
Kicking off Day One
Music-lovers, eager to set up camp before the festival started, poured into the campgrounds. Armed with camping gear, flags, colorful tapestries and good vibes, they crafted a pop-up village that would be their home away from home for the next three days.
The festival began with Poolside’s DJ set on the blu Freedom stage, while a special surprise addition to the lineup, Break Science, broke in the Steeplechase stage.
Big Gigantic, always a crowd-pleaser in Atlanta, tore it up on the blu Freedom stage, and attendees broke out their dance moves with Matt & Kim—and danced into the night with a stellar laser and live band show from Pretty Lights. Krewella, represented by the two ladies of the trio, finished out the night with a beat-heavy set (and breathtaking laser show) of their own.
Ready for Round Two
After an unreal first night, fans were amped up for a second day that promised even more great music and sunny skies. The blu Freedom Lounge proved to be a popular stop for recharging and relaxing, and guests over 18 sampled blu products while basking in views of both the blu Freedom and Hillside stages.
Janelle Monae rocked it, including a pillow fight during her set. After judging a campsite decorating contest, A-trak delivered his set to welcome in the night (a reprieve from the Georgia heat). And later, a jam-packed lineup left fans with a few tough calls to make.
Determined to soak in a little bit of everything, many bounced from stage to stage throughout the night. From the highly anticipated performance by Foster of the People, to back-to-back sets from Wolfgang Gartner and Above & Beyond, day two closed out with a bang.
Rain Can’t Stop Day Three
Two days of beating sun gave way to overcast skies for the final day, but that didn’t dampen the spirits of fans, who sprawled on the hillside for afternoon sets before storms rolled in and shut down the venue for a few hours.
When the stages opened back up that night, fans embraced the muddy festival grounds. A condensed lineup preserved as much of the original schedule as possible, and Riff Raff fans got a special treat when he joined Diplo (from Major Lazer) on stage. The crowd went wild when Diplo crowd-surfed in a bubble during the set.
On the blu Freedom stage and back in their old stomping grounds, Outkast celebrated 20 years in the music scene with ATLiens, who couldn’t get enough of the dynamic rap duo. And fans who powered through the weekend and made it to the last set of CP14 had their choice of sets from either Flux Pavilion or Tycho.