CounterPoint Music & Arts Festival finds new home at Kingston Downs
by Marie Nesmith
Jan 18, 2014 | 1780 views | 0 0 comments | 46 46 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A week following the Atlanta Steeplechase, the CounterPoint Music & Arts Festival will take center stage at Kingston Downs. From April 25 to 27, the event will bring an estimated nearly 30,000 people daily to the venue, located on the Bartow County/Floyd County line.

“Kingston Downs is absolutely an amazing piece of property,” said Kevin Earle, marketing director for MCP Presents, which is producing the outdoor music festival along with C3 Presents. “It gives us all the room that we could ever ask for to grow this festival, which is absolutely the intent — to grow for years to come.

“Really the infrastructure there, because of the Steeplechase being there for 20 years, is something that we in the festival world aren’t really used to. ... There’s really nice roadways, electricity, water sources, etc. that are there for our use. That makes our life so much easier in the planning [stages].”

According to, CounterPoint will feature 75 acts, including Outkast, Pretty Lights, Foster the People, STS9, J. Cole, Major Lazer, Krewella, Big Gigantic, Flux Pavilion, Above & Beyond, Matt & Kim, Thievery Corporation, A-Trak, Janelle Monae, Boys Noize, Wolfgang Gartner, Sleigh Bells, Flosstradamus, Chance the Rapper, Griz, Shpongle, Phantogram, Moon Taxi, Run the Jewels (El-P & Killer Mike), Schoolboy Q, Papadosio, Rich Homie Quan, GTA, Tycho, St. Lucia, The Revivalists, YACHT, Minnesota, Ott, The Polish Ambassador, xxyyxx, Thundercat, Poolside, Wild Cub, Kill Paris, Rustie, Congorock, Cashmere Cat, Hucci, Rubblebucket, Nosaj Thing, Dan Croll, Mayhem, Green Lantern, Butch Clancy, Lance Herbstrong, Tourist, Ratking, Jonas Rathsman, Watch the Duck, Kap Slap, Basic Vacation, JMSN, Pegboard Nerds, The Floozies, Thriftworks, Deep Cotton, Five Knives, Infinity Shred, Real Magic, Roman GianArthur, Bagheera, Skrause, Shreddie Mercury, Martina McFlyy, Chris Bushnell, BLKKMorris, Panther God, Ployd and The Difference Machine.

Along with musical acts performing on various stages, CounterPoint also will feature campgrounds, bars, an arts village, free water stations, food court, and nonprofit and game centers on the festival site. Debuting in 2012, CounterPoint’s first venue was Chattahoochee Hills in Fairburn.

“We’re really aiming to create a foundation for the Atlanta and Georgia music scene,” Earle said. “We think that it’s something that’s been lacking for a long time and as Southerners ourselves, we really wanted to bring a music culture down to the Southeast, down to Georgia and now down to the Rome and north Georgia area specifically that wasn’t there previously. ... Georgia as a whole is really the center of the Southeast and really deserves to be put on the map in the musical sense.

“There’s really nothing of this scale in the area. Music Midtown has been there for a long time, but ... with now TomorrowWorld coming in September [at Chattahoochee Hills] and [CounterPoint] in April, we just really aim to bring both the culture and the music of the Southeast and expose it to the nation and to the world at large. We really look forward to doing this event and watching it grow over the next several years,” he said, adding CounterPoint will be held at Kingston Downs for the next 10 years.

For Ellen Archer, executive director of the Cartersville-Bartow County Convention & Visitors Bureau, CounterPoint will be an opportunity to introduce people to Bartow, which ideally will spur repeat visitation.

“It was best stated by [Clarence Brown Conference Center Sales and Event Coordinator] Penny Davis’ son Brandon, who’s a student over at Berry, who is [around 21]. He said, ‘Really, these [bands] are going to be in Bartow County?’” Archer said. “The lineup of bands is incredible.

“... Hopefully what it will mean for us is that we will have an opportunity to introduce ourselves to this audience. ... The majority of those [25,000] to 30,000 people will be coming right through our yard and I just hope we can catch some of them and make them interested [in Bartow County]. And [I] hope that they will be back.”

With a variety of packages available, tickets will start at $180 for the three-day festival. Attendees must be 18 or older. For more information, visit or call 888-512-7469.