Shaky Knees vs. Shaky Boots: Stacking up the Atlanta music festivals

How do Tim Sweetwood’s indie rock and country shindigs compare?

If the name Shaky Boots, metro Atlanta’s new country music festival, sounds familiar, it’s because founder Tim Sweetwood also started the now-massive indie rock fest Shaky Knees three years ago. Here’s how Sweetwood’s two events stack up.

Illustration by Jannie Iivonen
Illustration by Jannie Iivonen

Shaky Knees
When May 8–10
Where Old Fourth Ward’s Central Park
Distance from MARTA station 0.8 miles from North Avenue Station
Headliners The Strokes, the Avett Brothers, Wilco
I’ll cost ya . . . $199 for three days in advance or $99/day
NYC acts 10
Nashville acts 2
Sample drinking lyrics “I hate myself for hating them/so I’ll drink some more/I’ll love them all” —The Strokes, “On the Other Side”

Shaky Boots
When May 16-17
Where Kennesaw’s KSU Sports and Entertainment Park
Distance from MARTA station 20.1 miles from Medical Center Station
Headliners Dierks Bentley, Rascal Flatts, Brad Paisley, Blake Shelton
I’ll cost ya . . . $169 for two days in advance or $95/day
NYC acts 0
Nashville acts 18
Sample drinking lyrics “Stewardess is somethin’ sexy/Leanin’ pourin’ Coke and whiskey” —Dierks Bentley, “Drunk on a Plane”

On the calendar: Start grooming your beard for O4W’s 75-act indie rock spectacular Shaky Knees, starting May 8, and dig your spurs into the impressive 31-act country lineup at Shaky Boots, starting May 16.

This article originally appeared in our May 2015 issue.