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Kingston Downs, Georgia, might not seem like much to an outsider who is just driving past the fields upon fields of rolling hills. But to an avid festival go-er, they know what lies behind the vast picturesque landscape. Counterpoint Arts and Music Festival takes place here every year and we were lucky enough to experience it for the first time. Just 70 miles from Atlanta, this music and arts festival allows attendees to immerse themselves in a camping atmosphere by providing a campground adjacent to the festival grounds. It is safe to say that it is one big party with thousands of your closest friends. I can’t imagine a better way to spend Memorial Day Weekend than camping for a music festival!

The weekend was long and boasted some top headliners such as Dillon Francis, Knife Party, Zedd, Kygo, Zeds Dead, Griz, and Excision. The beautiful thing about Counterpoint is that is isn’t strictly electronic music. The Roots, Lettuce and Michael Menert made an appearance on Sunday and really gave this festival more depth. We were lucky enough to experience Counterpoint on Sunday afternoon and we left with a lot more artists in our Spotify queue.

Robert Delong BLEW US AWAY with his set. He uses his vocals to fuel his tracks and incorporates keys and drums into his music. Running from stage left to his drum set to stage right to his other drum set while singing and mixing music was a standout performance. Kygo brought down the house with his tropical house infused set, complete with fire and stunning visuals. Shout out to his manager who saved some girl before she was charred to death. The Roots, straight from the 215 put on an incredible performance… this definitely was way better than watching them on Jimmy Fallon.

As always, Zedd put on a killer performance and treated us to vintage Zedd by playing all of his original hits. I felt like I was back in 2012... His American themed light show was fantastic and made us that much more patriotic. And we cannot forget both Gorgon City and Goldfish who have taken the top spot on my play count this week.

Overall, Counterpoint is a great festival to attend whether you live in Atlanta or want to engage in the full hippy experience and camp for three days. We cannot wait to return back!

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AUTHOR CREDIT: AINSLEY ASHTON

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