The weather forecast for LaFayette, Ga., this past weekend was grim. Rain seemed to be inevitable. Perhaps that’s why the first-ever psych-rock Meltasia festival—held on the rolling acres of Cherokee Farms, 100 miles north of Atlanta and a world away from the creature comforts of a city—wasn’t packed. It required a commitment. The fest’s organizers probably expected a bigger crowd (though the ratio of Port-o-lets to people was almost laughably inadequate). But Meltasia was never going to be that festival. If anything, it’s the other side of the argument. It’s the festival where you can actually see great bands — the Coathangers, Gringo Star, Quintron and Miss Pussycat, White Mystery, the Black Lips—without pushing your way to the front like an asshole. Rather than feeling like you’re buying into some huge machine, it’s as if you got invited to the coolest birthday party ever. You can get as messed up as you want because nobody’s judging and, let’s face it, this is certainly not anybody’s first rodeo. These are the folks who drove the winding roads from hundreds of miles away to get to the birthday party for New York garage rocker and Stalkers frontman Andy Animal. And, as it turned out, the sun (and a glowing moon) stuck around for the weekend.
Clusterfest has come and gone, but the hangover lingers. Thankfully, we've put together a photo gallery for your viewing pleasure. For those of you who braved through the storm of jerk chicken, Dragon Con , the Atlanta Weekender/House in the Park, Decatur book Fest and the Great Toothpaste Race aka Oral-B USA 500 we've captured images to hold you over till Labor Day Weekend 2015.
On Sat., June 21, nine different acts hit the stages at MJQ and the Drunken Unicorn for a chance to win a spot at three local music festivals: Meltasia, TomorrowWorld, and A3C. The audience voted for their favorites by texting, and in the end three acts will get to play to crowds larger than they ever imagined. Small Reactions will go on to play Meltasia. Eddie Gold will perform at TomorrowWorld. The Wheeler Boys will move on to play this year's A3C.