Music Midtown 2017 concert reviews and photos: Bruno Mars, Blink-182

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The crowd waves along with Berlin-born singer-songwriter, Bibi Bourelly performing on the Honda stage at the annual Music Midtown Festival at Piedmont Park in Atlanta on Saturday, Sept. 16, 2017. (Akili-Casundria Ramsess/Eye of Ramsess Media)


There was plenty of humidity, more than a few large patches of mud, but not a drop of rain as Music Midtown 2017 rolled through the first of its two days on Saturday.

More than 70,000 music fans were expected to pack Piedmont Park for almost 10 hours of music that included notable sets from Vintage Trouble, The Strumbellas, Weezer, Big Sean, Wiz Khalifa and headliners Bruno Mars and Blink-182.

Vintage Trouble – with lead singer Ty Taylor – provided one of the most electrifying sets of the day. (Akili-Casundria Ramsess/Eye of Ramsess Media)

Fans arrived seemingly earlier than usual to the fest, heading to the largest of the four stages for the opening set from British synth-pop singer Dua Lipa. They streamed in steadily throughout the day, with many planning to stake out their spot for Mars’ closing set.

Meanwhile, Jessica White and her teenage daughters Jane and Claire went to Music Midtown without any cash or credit cards and still managed to enjoy food, beverages, even buy a couple Music Midtown T-shirts – all thanks to a Bank of America cashless wristband, which is making its debut at the festival.

Foster said she loved that her older daughter, if separated, could easily get bottled water or a bite to eat with her cashless wristband. A special pin for the cashless wristband added an extra layer of security.

Concertgoers could sign up for Music Midtown Cashless from Bank of America before Music Midtown and receive their cashless bands in the mail or those interested could sign up on site at special Music Midtown Cashless kiosks or the Bank of…

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