Imagine Music Festival is held annually at Atlanta Motor Speedway. Doubling in attendance each year, the rapid growth made it necessary for Imagine to move from its former home in the Historic Fourth Ward Park, to the Atlanta Motor Speedway.
The award-wining promotion and EDM event company Iris Presents has long been known for its club presence and for fostering the growth of Atlanta’s electric music scene. So it was no surprise in 2014, when they tried their hand at a two-day festival, it was an all-around success. From the top EDM acts to the playful atmosphere complete with Iris Girls in exotic costumes and an Imaginarium devoted to up-and-coming acts, IMF has asserted itself as an event that’s here to stay, even amid the sea of existing EDM festivals. The circus-style atmosphere and anything-goes arts scene make it a winner for those seeking a break from reality.
During its first year, the festival hosted a range of well-known and little-known EDM crowd pleasers including Adventure Club, Fedde Le Grand, Destroid, Infected Mushroom, Beats Antique, Rusko, RJD2, and Shwayze.
There are multiple performing platforms, from the Amazonia Stage to Underwater World—the installations and backdrops are consistent with the high-quality production value that runs throughout the festival. The two main stages are close enough together that if you try, you can catch portions of two simultaneous sets. In contrast, the laid-back, amphitheater-style Imaginarium is tucked away in a quiet corner of the grounds. If you need a break, it offers a nice respite from the thumping bass lines, plus an opportunity to hear less-known acts on a more intimate scale.