Shaky Knees was a three-day rock your face off fest that left us loving the event from start to finish. In a year of ho hum lineups and fests that went with too many genres, we were glad the unadulterated Shaky Knees kept to its roots. Check out our recap of the event day by day, starting with Day 1.

Beautiful scenery by Brandon Harrington

L.A. Witch by Frank Mojica

L.A. Witch are some of the most badass rockers we know, and their set at Shaky Knees was a welcome treat for fans in Atlanta. From local shows to huge fests, we couldn’t be happier seeing the little band from Los Angeles prove their witchy grove for Shaky Knees.

Courtney Barnett

Courtney Barnett by Brandon Harrington

Courtney has perhaps one of the most anticipated albums of the year, and we couldn’t be happier seeing her play live all over the world. The Australian singer has hit after hit, and fest after fest, you can never top her sets. Make sure to check out Tell Me How You Really Feel out May 18th on Milk! Records.

Franz Ferdinand

Franz Ferdinand by Brandon Harrington

Franz Ferdinand have been taking us out to amazing sets, sounds and singles for years, and the group was one of the biggest highlights for day 1 of Shaky Knees. The band keep rocking, while playing amazing tours with the likes of The Killers and playing amazing fests with the likes of everyone at Shaky Knees this year. A nostalgic treat that keep rocking year after year.

Jimmy Eat World

Jimmy Eat World by Brandon Harrington

And speaking of nostalgia, Jimmy Eat World has been playing some of our favorite fests the last few years, and again, they were a wonderful feature for Shaky Knees. A solid entry into the rock/alt rock/pop punk foray, Jimmy Eat World pretty much turned the world into casual fans of emo without ever knowing it. From sets at Riot Fest, to Life is Beautiful, don’t miss their sweet tunes.


Japandroids have toured over 40 countries and played hundreds if not thousands of shows at this point, and with influences like Tom Petty, The Replacements, and more, you can see why.

David Byrne

David Byrne by Brandon Harrington

The legendary singer for The Talking Heads had a stunning set that left the audience contemplating their lives. They might have asked themselves, “How did I get here?” But they left “Burning Down The House”. Smiles, toy brains and dancing left everyone in a good mood as one of the biggest reasons to attend Shaky Knees had a killer set. Truly, it was a once in a lifetime experience.

Jack White

Jack White is a legend and closed out night one of Shaky Knees. We hope he headlines more fests soon because all we can say is “Wow!”

Stay tuned for another article for Day 2 and our recap!