In shocking news, the team behind Georgia's Shaky Beats Festival has officially announced that it will not return in 2020. The two-day event has been a mainstay of Atlanta since 2015 and has been home to a stacked lineup over the years. Sadly, the curtains have closed and the gathering will not see a fifth year.
Shaky Beats was built by founder Tim Sweetwood after he noticed a lack of EDM festivals in the Georgia market since both Counterpoint and TomorrowWorld failed to survive. They pulled in over 33,000 guests with a 2016 lineup featuring ODESZA, Porter Robinson, A$AP Ferg, NGHTMRE, Duke Dumont, Marshmello and more. The following years included some of the biggest names in EDM including The Chainsmokers, Kaskade, Zeds Dead, Kygo, Zedd, Excision, ZHU, Louis The Child, Dillon Francis, FISHER, Martin Garrix and Chris Lake, to name a few.
With the festival bringing such great acts year after year with no notable scandals, many fans are puzzled as to why they would disband the event after just four years. Many have taken to Twitter to voice their sadness and confusion after the announcement was made.
One possible reason for the demise of Shaky Beats could be in part due to the steady rise of Imagine Festival. It holds the title as the longest-running EDM festival in Atlanta and has dominated the scene since its inaugural year. Many fans are holding out hope that Shaky Beats is just on a temporary hiatus but with the choice of words used in the announcement, chances aren't strong.