NC Governor Proposes Atlanta GA Music Midtown Festival

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Fall Out Boy bassist Pete Wentz. Fall Out Boy was scheduled to perform at Music Midtown in Atlanta, but the event was canceled for undisclosed reasons.

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N.C. Gov. Roy Cooper has proposed a long-running music festival after it was canceled in Atlanta.

On Monday, organizers from Music Midtown, a destination for music lovers since 1994, canceled the event for unspecified reasons.

The festival was scheduled for September 17-18 with headliners My Chemic Romance, Future, Jack White and Fall Out Boy. Other artists scheduled to perform included a number of musical acts such as Phoenix, Mitski, 2 Chainz, Freddie Gibbs and Tinashe.

Cooper shared article from the Atlanta Journal-Constitution on his Facebook page on Tuesday, inviting the festival to North Carolina.

“We are ready to welcome you to one of our beautiful outdoor venues to help you have a fun and safe festival,” the governor wrote. The post has 115 comments, some of which supported the move.

“Due to circumstances beyond our control, Music Midtown will no longer be held this year,” festival participants wrote on their website and social media. “We’ve been looking forward to seeing you in September and hope we can all enjoy the festival again soon.”

Some media and attendees believe the festival was canceled due to Georgia’s recent lifting of restrictions on guns in public places.

The Safe Carry Protection Act of 2014 was billed as the Guns Everywhere Act. It allows Georgia residents with a concealed carry permit to bring guns into bars, churches, schools, government buildings and airports.

The Republican-backed bill would also allow firearms on publicly owned land, such as city property and parks.

In 2019, the law was expanded by the Georgia Supreme Court to prevent some business owners from deciding who can ban guns on public land.

Music Midtown organizers were threatened with lawsuits by gun owners when they decided to hold a festival with gun restrictions, Atlanta Journal-Constitution informed.

The cancellation has outraged many fans, festival-goers and some Georgia politicians, including a Democratic gubernatorial candidate Stacey Abramswho said canceling the festival could cost the state’s economy $50 million.

In 2021, more than 50,000 people took part in it, according to USA Today.

North Carolina gun laws

North Carolina has a mix of lax and restrictive gun laws.

A person in the state must obtain a permit before purchasing a firearm, which includes a criminal background check. Open carry is legal in the state, and counties can regulate the display of guns on public roads, sidewalks, alleys or other public property.

Gun owners are not allowed to carry guns in public places where it is prohibited.

Music Midtown did not respond to The N&O’s request for comment about Cooper’s invitation or confirm any plans to reschedule the event. Organizers informed participants that refunds would be processed within the next day site.

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