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18 June 2018

Imagine Festival Organizers Reflect on Five Years of Challenges & Success

Five years ago, a rebooted Music Midtown gradually found its legs again. Rome, Georgia hosted CounterPoint at Kingston Downs for the first time.  And Tomorrowworld, the three-day event that took over CounterPoint's former home in Chattahoochee Hills, was the hottest ticket in town for electronic music fans.

(Tickets are on sale now for Imagine Music Festival.
Visit www.imaginefestival.com for details. Image Credit: Imagine Festival
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Against that backdrop, Glenn and Madeleine Goodhand organized the inaugural Imagine Music Festival at Atlanta's Historic Fourth Ward Park. They lost money.

Those initial struggles did not deter the husband-wife duo. They learned from them instead.

"You never can stop learning," Glenn Goodhand said.

Now, as the Goodhands prepare for Imagine's fifth edition, the festival once seen as a mid-card act to larger shows is the big dog in town.

2018 marks the third straight year that Grammy Award-nominated artists booked their ticket to Imagine. Armin van Buuren, Kaskade and Paul Oakenfold --all past contenders for the recording industry's highest honors-- headline a slate that also features several local and regional acts like Midnite Panda and Reliquary.

Still, challenges remain. Glenn Goodhand agrees, especially when it comes to setting Imagine apart from an already crowded festival landscape.

"There are amazing events all across the country, but after a while, the lineups blur together, and it is hard to recall who is doing what," Goodhand said. "I think we distinguish ourselves from other events by not being a carbon copy of everything else that is out there, including previous versions of Imagine."

14 June 2018

The Glitch Mob Adds Its Name to an Already Packed Imagine Music Festival Lineup

The Glitch Mob announced their 2018 North American fall tour, and it features a visit to Imagine Music Festival at Atlanta Motor Speedway in September.

Based in Los Angeles, the trio consisting of Boreta (Justin Boreta), edIT (Edward Ma) and Ooah (Joshua Mayer) is noted for their bass-heavy remix of "Seven Nation Army" by the White Stripes. The 2013 film "G.I. Joe: Retaliation," starring Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, featured The Glitch Mob remix in its trailer.

Billboard magazine says The Glitch Mob's stage set-up, better known as Blade 2.0, is "like being inside the cockpit of a futuristic spaceship, surrounded by glowing pads and buttons." Musical captains Boreta, edIT and Ooah bring their craft to an already packed Imagine Music Festival line-up.

Imagine celebrates its fifth year with big names like Armin Van Buuren, Bassnectar, Kaskade and Paul Oakenfold. In addition to these internationally-known DJs, the 3-day event also brings 70 local and regional artists to multiple stages across the infield of a premier NASCAR race track.

“Topping the prior year's lineup has undoubtedly become a bigger challenge each year,” says Imagine founders Glenn and Madeleine Goodhand. "Through many special requests, our fans and the Imagine Family have helped to curate another dream lineup. Our fan support has been an integral part in the festival’s growth and we cannot wait to welcome you all back for our best year yet.”

Tickets are available now starting at $219 for a 3-day pass and $285 for a 3-day pass with camping. Passes can be purchased online at www.imaginefestival.com. Imagine Music Festival is an 18 and over event.

16 May 2018

Georgia State University Schedules Do-Over for Graduation Ceremony Marred by Bad Weather

Georgia State University graduates will get another chance to walk in a few days.

An email sent by the Atlanta college, Wednesday afternoon, announced a "special recognition ceremony" for bachelor’s degree graduates this Sunday.

"This unique event for students who graduated last Thursday provides the opportunity for individual recognition, something that was not possible then because of the threat of lightning," the university email reads.

Spring 2018 commencement ceremonies at Georgia State University were scheduled for May 10. The event was held outdoors at Georgia State Stadium. Potential lightning caused school officials to have an abbreviated program that consisted of graduates turning their tassels, followed by a round of applause led by University President Mark Becker.

The shortened ceremony created a storm of criticism on social media. Degree candidates quickly demanded a do-over. An online petition received over 4,400 signatures from people asking the college to hold another ceremony so that graduates could walk across the stage and be individually recognized.

The re-scheduled graduation program is slated for May 20 at 2 p.m. in the Georgia State Sports Arena.

14 May 2018

Drake and Migos End 'Aubrey and The Three Amigos' Tour with Pair of November Shows in Atlanta

Platinum selling artist Drake announced the 'Aubrey and The Three Amigos' tour today.

The performer behind hit singles "God's Plan" and "Nice For What" plans a 41-date outing that kicks off July 26 in Salt Lake City. The "Aubrey and The Three Amigos" tour ends in Atlanta with two shows at Philips Arena, Nov. 16 and Nov. 17.

Drake will be joined by special guests Migos on the North American run throughout this summer and fall.

American Express® Card Members can purchase tickets before the general public beginning Tuesday, May 15 at 10am through Thursday, May 17 at 10pm. Tickets go on sale to the general public starting Friday, May 18 at Ticketmaster.com.

11 May 2018

Weather-shortened Graduation Ceremony Creates a Storm of Criticism at GSU

Georgia State University faced a barrage of complaints online after ending the spring 2018 graduation ceremonies early due to the weather.

Many graduates expressed displeasure on Twitter to their alma mater, with some demanding the commencement exercises be re-scheduled.

Journalism major Shaina McLawrence angrily wrote, "I worked hard for four years and did not get to walk! The student body demands apologies, and all graduation regalia and fees refunded immediately."


Hannah Washington, a public relations major, said the school's decision to cancel the ceremony without a rain date smacked of bad PR.


"I'm still trying to process the shitshow that was #GSU18... as a Public Relations Major... wow," Washington tweeted. "I can’t believe they thought this would fly."

Georgia State University apologized, saying that the threat of lightning forced them to make a call.

"We are extremely sorry to have shortened tonight's commencement. Our primary concern was the safety of our graduates and their loved ones, given the threat of severe weather and lightning," the university's statement on Twitter read. "We are deeply disappointed impending bad weather did not allow us to conduct the usual ceremony and individually recognize our outstanding graduates. Congratulations Class of 2018!"


Still, graduates like Kia Carson are demanding graduation be rescheduled.


Carson posted a link to an online petition that quickly piled up more than 200 signatures.

There's no word yet if the spring 2018 GSU graduation ceremony will be rescheduled.