Posted by Liz and John Attaway, 4/2/24

Battle of the Bands Enters Round Two with Twelve Local Acts Vying for a Chance to Open SweetWater 420 Fest

Half-Day, Single-Day, Two-Day GA, Kush and Big Fish VIP Options On Sale

Presented by SweetWater Brewing, one of Atlanta’s anticipated festivals, SweetWater 420 Fest is two weeks out from its return April 20 and 21. Known for its eclectic lineup, as well as its charitable and environmental activations, food trucks, artist market, and, of course, beer from the largest craft brewer in the Southeast- this year’s lineup showcases artists of varying genres, from alternative to rock and pop to singer-songwriter, jam, soul, and an indie, with one slot left to fill. 

SweetWater 420 Fest recently announced it would be holding a fan-fueled Battle of the Bands contest where one lucky artist would win a chance to open up the event. After a period of open nominations, the competition is down to twelve acts from across the region that will go through three rounds of public voting. The top twelve artists include Basement RecessGolden HabitsTasteBud; The Weekend Lovers; Aint Sisters; Are You KindDuncan Brothers BandStrictly LiquidZyxKoyalGroove Moose, and The Outfield Clovers. From this, the top three will be chosen and have the opportunity to live stream an original track and cover song during the SweetWater 420 Fest live showcase on April 9th, after which voting will decide the ultimate winner.

Previously announced artists include headliners Beck and Slightly Stoopid, with support from Big Gigantic; Black Pumas; Gov’t Mule; Trombone Shorty; Cory Wong; Grace Potter; Moe.; St. Paul & The Broken Bones; Larkin Poe; Houndmouth; Ripe; Andy Frasco & The UN; Hayes & The Heathens; Little Stranger; Papadosio; Lespecial; Couch; Fireside Collective; The Psycodelics; Emily Wolfe; Bombargo; Hedonistas, and Connor Clark & Blue Rhythm Revival. Pop chanteuse Kanika Moore and 17-year-old guitar phenom Grace Bowers will also add their talents throughout the festival, sitting in with select artists.

Held on the weekend closest to Earth Day, this year’s event will be a true 420 Fest, beginning on April 20th at Pullman Yards. In addition to the music, the event will feature local vendors, workshops, regional and local food vendors offering vegan, vegetarian, and gluten-free options, an artist market, bars, concessions, festival merch, water stations, and more. Last fall, the venue hosted the Highball festival experience, which USAToday rated as one of the Top 10 Best New music festivals in the country. 

New this year, the festival will be offering half-day headliner tickets, granting admission to the event at 5p to see some of the festival’s biggest acts. All ticket options, including Single-day, Two-day GA and Kush and Big Fish VIP tickets and extras are available online at www.SweetWater420Fest.com. SweetWater 420 Fest is produced by SweetWater Brewing and hosted by Pullman Yards. Visit www.SweetWater420Fest.com for the most up-to-date information. Stay connected on FacebookInstagram, and Twitter at @420Fest. Pullman Yards is located at 225 Rogers Street NE, Atlanta, Georgia.