Atlanta's Music Midtown festival canceled, reportedly due to state's gun laws

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The Music Midtown Festival astatine  Piedmont Park successful  Atlanta draws thousands spectators each   year.

(CNN)The Atlanta euphony festival Music Midtown, which draws tens of thousands of concertgoers and blockbuster musicians each year, "will nary longer beryllium taking spot this year," organizers announced successful a tweet Monday.

Though the organizers did not mention a crushed for calling disconnected the festival, assorted media reports citing manufacture and festival sources said the cancellation was owed to a caller mentation of Georgia's weapon law, which permits firearms successful nationalist spaces, including parks.

Weapons and explosives of immoderate benignant are prohibited astatine the festival, according to its website. Gun rights advocates had mounted a unit run against that position, calling into question the festival's quality to restrict firearms since Georgia allows guns to beryllium carried successful parks.

    Sources with cognition of the cancellation determination by relation Live Nation who spoke to Rolling Stone cited Georgia weapon laws arsenic the reason.

      Georgia Gun advocator Phil Evans told CNN helium emailed festival organizers successful May, apprising them of Georgia weapon laws and a Georgia Supreme tribunal lawsuit dealing with guns successful which helium was a party. Evans said helium besides asked the City of Atlanta to contradict a licence to Live Nation for Music Midtown, fixed the festival's prohibition connected firearms.

      In the email dated May 13, Evans asked the metropolis to contradict the licence for "as they person publically stated an intent to interruption settled authorities law."

      "The City of Atlanta should respect authorities instrumentality and uphold it erstwhile dealing with entities that marque usage of tax-payer owned properties that privation to marque wealth from specified usage, oregon adjacent otherwise," the email said.

        The lawsuit slated for September 17 and 18 successful Piedmont Park was canceled "due to circumstances beyond our control," said the organizer's tweet.

        The euphony festival was acceptable to diagnostic a "diverse lineup of implicit 30 artists crossed 4 stages," including My Chemical Romance, Future, Jack White and Fall Out Boy among others, according to the festival website.

        "We were looking guardant to reuniting successful September and anticipation we tin each get backmost to enjoying the festival unneurotic again soon," the organizers said.

        Last year's festival attracted immoderate 50,000 radical and featured performances by Miley Cyrus, the Jonas Brothers, and Maroon 5, according to the Atlanta Journal Constitution.

        Atlanta City Council President Doug Shipman said it was a "sad day" aft the cancellation was announced.

          "Public argumentation has existent impacts and successful this case- economical and societal implications connected a large tradition," Shipman tweeted.

          Ticket refunds volition beryllium processed automatically wrong the adjacent 24 hours, organizers said.

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