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Beau Marlette’s Experience at the Music Midtown Festival

Beau Marlette is a freshman from Winston-Salem, North Carolina. He is an active member of the Mock Trial team with hopes of attending law school after graduation. Additionally, Beau is a huge fan of music. Her Campus sat down with him to get the inside scoop on the Music Midtown Festival in Atlanta, Georgia Sept. 14-15. 

Her Campus: When did you decide to go to the Music Midtown festival?

Beau Marlette: Hunter, my twin brother, and I planned to go to Midtown a couple months before school started because Panic at the Disco is Hunter’s favorite band and they were headlining. 

HC: Who were the other headliners at the festival?

BM: Travis Scott, 6lack, Lil Yachty, Lizzo, Billie Eilish, Lord Huron, Walk the Moon, Charlie Puth and a bunch of others. Travis Scott was the best for me, then Panic at the Disco and then Lil Yachty. 

HC: How did the festival differ from your expectations?

BM: This was my first music festival but it was kind of what I expected. You hear music festivals are crazy but it was well-organized [and] had good flow to it. It was a lot of fun, a lot of crowds, a lot of people. 

HC: What was the highlight of the festival for you?

BM: The mosh pits at Lil Yachty were really good. They were some of the best I’ve ever been in. Also, just knowing and singing all of Panic’s set with Hunter. It was fun just seeing him in the environment of a music festival. I love Hunter to death and watching him have such a good time was really fun. It definitely was a really good memory of beginning college and being on our own. Hunter and I taking a road trip three states over to go and have an adventure together was pretty awesome. It was a good experience, I would recommend it.

HC: What was the hardest part about being at the festival all weekend with class on Monday?

BM: Getting back to school at 6:30 a.m. after driving seven hours through the night after being completely and utterly exhausted from the concerts was probably the hardest part. Then, actually having to get up to go to class after you have an hour and a half worth of sleep. We thought about it Sunday, realizing “Oh man, what have we done?” But at the same time it was totally worth it. 

HC: Did you know ahead of time the festival conflicted with the UNC game and how did you feel missing the game?

BM: I didn’t know ahead of time and not going to lie that was tough. Missing out on the excitement of that game was not fun, but at the same time, keeping up with the score and also picking on all my UNC buddies about how they lost to Wake Forest was very fun along the trip. Social media allows you to be anywhere at the same time which allowed me to celebrate the win too. 

HC: Why would you recommend going to the festival in the future?

BM: If it’s like it was this time, all of the time, I can’t see how you wouldn’t want to go. Hunter and I got two day passes for around $200. Most high-end concerts are anywhere from $100-$200 anyway. So, to have the amount of top-notch artists at the same time at a location that is somewhere close in a city that’s really cool. It’s pretty awesome; I’m going again.

Abigail Yearout

Wake Forest '23

Abigail Yearout is a freshman health and exercise science major on a pre-med track at Wake Forest University. She is from St. Louis, Missouri but grew up and will always be a Colorado girl at heart. She loves reading, long road trips and is down for ice cream at any time of day. She hopes to attend medical school immediately following college and ultimately become a neurosurgeon. Until then, she's enjoying the best of college and writing for Her Campus in her free time.
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