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12 Best Things We Saw at Atlanta’s Music Midtown

From Elton John’s majesty to Run the Jewels’ hometown revolution, the signature moments of this weekend’s eclectic blowout

Run the Jewels Music Midtown

T.I. and Run the Jewel's Killer Mike perform together during Music Midtown Festival in Atlanta.

Perry Julien

With Atlanta's midtown skyline in the background and the greenery of the city's Piedmont Park underfoot, the annual Music Midtown Festival provided one of the best environments of all the nation's summertime festivals. Not to mention a killer lineup that included Drake, Elton John, Van Halen, Run the Jewels and Sam Smith. After spending two days in the park, here are the moments that most struck us, from Run the Jewels' politically charged homecoming to Eddie Van Halen's onstage bonding with his bass-playing son.

Vance Joy

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 19: Recording artist Vance Joy performs during day 2 of 2015 Music Midtown at Piedmont Park on September 19, 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia. (Photo by Paras Griffin/WireImage)

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Best Fleetwood Mac Cover: Vance Joy

Australian singer-songwriter Vance Joy captivated with songs from his U.S. debut, the moving Dream Your Life Away. But he also trotted out the best cover of the weekend: a bluesy, impassioned take on Fleetwood Mac's "The Chain." The affable Joy fretted aloud that he hoped he'd do the song justice. He needn't have worried — his performance was spellbinding, and he delivered the song faithfully to hoots from the crowd, many of whom weren't born when the Mac's 1977 hit was released. "The Chain" also served to reinforce the classic-rock undercurrent of the festival, which, with Elton John and Van Halen headlining the main stage, was hard to miss.