Several dozen fans of the Red Hot Chili Peppers began lining up six hours before the gates to the Music Midtown festival opened Saturday, and more than 12 hours before the band was scheduled to take the stage.
Erin and Kate Whitlark were the first ones to stake their territory at the entrance to Piedmont Park. They arrived around 6 a.m., before the gates opened at noon.
"Probably by the end of the day I'll be kind of tired," said Kate. "We have water and granola bars, so that's what we're going to be living off of."
She said they were there at the early hour because they wanted to have a spot right in front of the stage to see the show. Because of the way the festival is structured, a fan who wants to keep their spot at the front of the stage might not be able to leave that spot the entire day, for fear of losing it to someone else, or not being able to get back among the growing crowd.
For some fans, that meant they were making a 17 hour investment Saturday to ensure their place at the front of the stage for the Red Hot Chili Peppers.
Said Whitlark, "It definitely takes some dedication and a certain mindset to prepare yourself for that."
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