The lineup for this year’s Music Midtown festival was released this morning, and it boasts some major headliners. Kendrick Lamar returns to Atlanta after playing a free concert during January’s College Football Playoff National Championship, as does rapper Post Malone, who played a concert at Lakewood Amphitheater this past Sunday. Imagine Dragons and Fall Out Boy round-out the four main headliners, but the rest of the lineup doesn’t skimp on big names. There’s homegrown talent Janelle Monáe and Gucci Mane; indie bands Portugal. The Man and Foster the People; rockers Thirty Seconds to Mars and Awolnation; singer/songwriter Kacey Musgraves; and newcomers like Bazzi, whose single “Mine” hit No. 11 on the Billboard Hot 100 after a Snapchat filter launched it into a full-fledged internet meme.
But if not every artist on the lineup rings a bell, we’ve rounded up tracks from each of them so you can study up before you buy tickets, which go on sale Friday, June 15 at 10 a.m.
Heads up: Some tracks may be NSFW.
Fall Out Boy
Thirty Seconds to Mars
Portugal. The Man
Foster the People
First Aid Kit
Rainbow Kitten Surprise
Black Pistol Fire
Berklee College of Music
Wait, what? If you were confused by this entry, we were too. Music Midtown’s website has this video listed under the artist information; it explains the Boston school’s Popular Music Institute program, which has students perform at music festivals.
Editor’s note: A previous version of this article incorrectly stated that Berklee College of Music is located in California. It is located in Boston, Massachusetts.