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ATLANTA - It was wet, muddy and slippery outdoors on the closing day of Atlanta’s third annual Music Midtown Festival, but the bands and the crowds rocked on.

Rainy weather didn’t dampen the mood of the throng swarming into Piedmont Park in Atlanta’s downtown Saturday to catch 14 acts on three different stages.

The festival was headlined by Kendrick Lamar, Imagine Dragons and Red Hot Chili Peppers - who closed out the festival with a two-hour set. Organizers said earlier that the festival had sold out Saturday, estimating more than 100,000 in attendance for the two-day weekend concert event.

It rained much of Saturday, but conditions improved to simply overcast skies by the time Imagine Dragons’ performance began around 5:45 p.m. - some five hours after the festival began. Acts from Capitol Cities, Weezer, Yeah Yeah Yeahs and The Neighbourhood kept the crowd going despite afternoon rain.

“I see the weather has cleared up,” said Dan Reynolds, the lead singer of Imagine Dragons. “I guess we came at a good time.”

Reynolds also gave a shout-out to the band’s drummer Daniel Platzman, who is from Atlanta. Reynolds also expressed his appreciation for being a part of the festival.

“There are so many great bands at this festival,” he said. “I’m just glad to be on stage to perform for you all. Thank you for live music. We wouldn’t be here if it wasn’t for the support of you”

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