Guest Written by Kenny Renard
“Hey Festie Fam,
This year the Porchella crew takes on the Imagine Festival’s 5th anniversary and it will indubitably shatter expectations! I’ve always wanted to attend this event and this year will be my first! I cannot wait to witness and engage in any and everything Imagine Festival has to offer. My original rave fam have told me about this for so long and I’m just itching to break some rails. From the Imaginarium, to the circus acts and splash pool, this festival already sounds promising for some wicked shenanigans.
I’m super stoked about the 5th-anniversary lineup as well! Its variation and amalgam of talent shall please all who around. Some of the main DJ/producers I am excited for are Noisia, 12th Planet, Zeds Dead, GRiZ, and Liquid Stranger. Funny story, 12th Planet was actually the first dubstep show I ever attended and after I knew where my heart was. Some of my favorite DJ’s like Zomboy & Funtcase have praised Noisia the DnB legends, so to see them in action for the first in an aquatic setting might drown my very being. Bassnectar, AKA lord of sound, will also be in attendance and he being by my favorite producer, with the collection of other legends, will undoubtedly shut down Atlanta. I also can’t wait to get obliterated by my boys Boogie T. and Squnto, so I know this year will be sung in the halls of legends for times to come!
I love themes just as much as the next person, so the aquatic design and aura that’s accompanying this festive experience is something I’ve been looking forward too. All the beautiful souls with their mermaid and aqua costumes will really breathtaking. The many events that will be held beside the music are definitely something I will be getting into as well. In this real, I am excited to see the rest of the many performances, especially the circus acts. I want to be amazed by the the art work that will be drenching the oceanic lands. This will be my first time ever taking part in a silent disco and attending a workshop to try new experiences, who’s joining?! PLUS, there’s stage thats on fire! That’s where you can find me.
Imagine is really going all out this year! I cant wait to get groovy and mystical with any and everyone. I’m sure I’ll be reminded every second of why I love this scene so much. The vibes will pierce the sky and reverberate through each and every elan vital scattered across the musical aquarium.
This will be one for the books, I can feel it. “
-Press Release (June 12th, 2018) via Imagine Music Festival-
Dropping a first phase lineup that set the festival world abuzz, the 5th Anniversary edition of Imagine Music Festival has released the full roster of performers for its 2018 event, which returns to Atlanta Motor Speedway in Atlanta, Georgia on September 21st through 23rd. Once viewed as a burgeoning new festival filling a void in the Southeast, Imagine Music Festival has positioned itself as one of the nation’s most anticipated electronic dance music events, as well as one of the last remaining of the independent festivals. Joining previously announced headliners: Armin Van Buuren; Alesso; Galantis; RL Grime; and Zeds Dead will be Bassnectar and Kaskade. And, special guests The Glitch Mob and Getter will be joining Adventure Club on the Oceania Stage.
Additional new artists to the lineup include: Green Velvet presents: La La Land; Latmun; Tiga; Boogie T & Squnto; DJSS; Yheti b2b Toadface; Kenneth Thomas; Weiss; Andy Bruh; Laser Assassins; Mantis; and NOA|AON, as well as local talent: Alex Lucas; Babey Drew; Heyz; Lost Seekers; Vivid; Zen Selekta and over 70 other artists. Additional music blocks will be provided by: Tech This Out Cru; Bass Family Block; Bel Air; Torch x Elevate; Native Groove Block; Afro Acid Takeover; and Atlanta Trance Family.
Featuring four main stages, Imagine’s immersive aquatic fairytale will permeate the grounds of Atlanta Motor Speedway – from the infield to deep into the early morning in the camping areas. Previously announced artists on the 2018 performer lineup include, Headliners: Armin Van Buuren; Alesso; Galantis; RL Grime, Zeds Dead and special guest: Adventure Club. Oceania Stage: 12th Planet; Bear Grillz: Liquid Stranger; Riot Ten; Zaxx; Eddie Gold; Kevin Flum; Leah Culver; Midnite Panda; Ra; and Sunday Service. Amazonia Stage: GRiZ; ZHU; Cashmere Cat; Shpongle (Simon Posford DJ set); Ekali; Eoto; Lotus; Jai Wolf; SunSquabi; Higher Learning; Juju Beats; Levitation Jones; Protohype and Zen Selekta. Disco Inferno Stage: Green Velvet; Oliver Heldens; special guest: Noisia; Chocolate Puma; EDX; Joker; Koan Sound; Shlump; Walker & Royce; Wax Motif; Afro Acid Block, with: Salah Ananse and DJ Kemit; Ariel; Exit 9; Halogen; Ployd; and White Rhino. Aeria Stage: Paul Oakenfold; Gabriel Dresden; DJ Dara; IVY Lab; Bryson Taylor; and DaddyDough.
Returning to Atlanta Motor Speedway for a third straight year this September 21-23, 2018, with early admission available on Thursday, Imagine continues to grow into the expansive venue further embracing the aquatic theme that runs throughout. Never ones to rest on their laurels, Imagine will be presenting fans with increased upgrades, based on feedback from its 2017 attendees. Imagine will continue to improve on the guest experience with more camping activities and services, additional entry and exits gates, improved VIP area, more custom stage designs and overall improvements to the site that will create better flow and shorter wait times. Throughout the aquatic wonderland there will be no shortage of aquatic creatures, dancers, cirque acts, art, workshops, the return of the Imagine pool and, of course, an even bigger and better lineup. As one of the country’s last remaining independent festivals, Imagine creates an all-encompassing, 360-degree sensory experience that blends music, circus troupes, performers, dancers, art, workshops, classes and more.
Tickets are available now starting at $219 for a 3-day pass and $285 for a 3-day pass with camping. VIP passes with express entry into festival, exclusive viewing areas, VIP bars and lounges, and private air-conditioned VIP trailer restrooms start at $360 for a 3-day pass and $479 with a 3-day pass with camping.
Several lodging packages are available, including GA Camping, VIP Camping, RV Camping, Unity Travel Qube village and Hotels. Payment plans are available for a downpayment as low as $66.55, where fans can elect for four low monthly installments.
Tickets are available HERE!
Imagine Music Festival is an 18 and over event.