Pip the Pansy at AthFest in Athens, Georgia

Pip the Pansy at AthFest in Athens, Georgia

3-Day Athens Alternative Music Getaway

The B-52s and R.E.M. may have put Athens on the musical map, but this charming college town is so much more than a monument to rock luminaries. Athens is alive. It’s a thriving, changing, fertile scene that is constantly cultivating new talent.

Touring musicians flock to Athens for music festivals like AthFest in June and Wildwood Revival in September. And many visit to pay homage to their heroes — whether that’s Widespread Panic, The Drive-by Truckers, Pylon, of Montreal, Vic Chesnutt, Neutral Milk Hotel or another one of the town’s influential exports — but they often find it hard to leave. Why? Well, rent, drinks and food are cheap. There is live music seven nights a week. Breweries are industry (and artist) employers. Townies are real. And art is an easy-going, accepted way of life.

So, sure, come have a Stipe sighting. Come see where musical history was made and then be inspired to create your own. That’s what this Classic City is really all about. Use this sample guide to experience Athens’s alt rock scene and indie music spirit. 

Published: October 2019