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MP3 PREP: 8 Essentials of Imagine Music Festival 2023

With its incredible lineup, breathtaking venue and vibrant atmosphere, Imagine Music Festival promises an unforgettable weekend full of electrifying music and memories to last a lifetime. To help make the most of your experience, the MP3 MAG team has compiled a list of eight essential tips and recommendations to help you navigate the weekend at Imagine.

Check Out That Phase II Lineup

Phase II of the Imagine Music Festival lineup brings the heat, escalating its already impressive roster of back-to-back sets. Notably, iconic bass music producers Subtronics and Ganja White Night will be joining forces for a first-ever festival set, promising a heavy dose of intense bass and unforgettable moments.

That’s not all – Slander will take us into the twilight hours with their “Before Dawn” presentation, a techno-infused set that will make you groove into the night. Other striking additions include the vibrant hybrid set from the jungle-pop and house duo SOFI TUKKER, the multi-faceted live performances from Elderbrook and Kasablanca, and the rising house rhythms from Nostalgix, Deeper Purpose, and Matt Sassari.

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Prepare for the thunderous sounds of Marauda and Mersiv, who promise to send shockwaves through the crowd. And last but not least, get ready to sing your heart out with the sentimental electro-pop tunes from the duo Telykast. With Phase II, Imagine Festival ensures a diverse, dynamic musical experience that caters to all tastes, making this year’s edition a must-attend event.

Explore Kingston Downs Venue

Last year, Imagine Music Festival relocated from its original location, Atlanta Motor Speedway, to Kingston Downs in Rome, Georgia. This new and improved venue offers a beautiful green landscape sprawling over 5,000 acres, which provides ample space for multiple stages, immersive art installations, and other festival amenities. 

One of the standout features of Kingston Downs is its iconic horse racing track. The festival creatively incorporates the track into its layout, utilizing it as a central focal point for one of the main stages. With its scenic beauty, spacious camping areas, and carefully curated lineup, Kingston Downs provides an enchanting background for music lovers to indulge in their passion for music and create unforgettable memories. 

Stage Takeovers

This year’s lineup consists of an impressive roster of stage takeovers, featuring Brownies & Lemonade, Monstercat, KIDSGONEMAD!, and Off The Grid. With each of these brands having their own unique style and sound, festivalgoers will be able to get a little taste of everything. Whether you’re into bass, house, or techno, there will be something for you to keep you dancing throughout the festival. 

Thursday Pre-Party

The weekend is getting started early with this year’s official festival pre-party! Hosted by ISOxo, this lineup features artists such as Ninajirachi, Squired, Stooki Sound, VILLA, and Wavedash. It will be headlined by ISOxo’s newest project, KIDSGONEMAD!, which will also be the East Coast debut performance of his newest production and music. 

This is just the beginning of a long, fun-filled weekend, so make sure to get plenty of rest in the days leading up to the festival. With this action packed pre-party kicking off the weekend, be prepared to take it slow and pace yourself!

Pool Parties

Imagine Music Festival is known for its unique and immersive experiences, one of them being their iconic pool parties. The venue transforms into a vibrant oasis, where festival goers can take a dip in the pool, relax on poolside loungers and vibe to amazing music. This year’s pool parties include sets from Dombresky Presents: Disco Dom on Saturday and Kai Wachi on Sunday, both from 12 P.M. – 3 P.M.

Make sure to grab your pool floats and don’t forget to pack your sunscreen! The Georgia heat in the summer is nothing to play with, so it is important to take extra care of your skin while in the sun.

Photo courtesy of Imagine Music Festival

Catch Special Guest Elderbrook

Grammy Award winner Elderbrook is this year’s special guest at Imagine Music Festival. As the special guest, his appearance is highly anticipated and something you won’t want to miss. Elderbrook is known for infusing his performances with live instrumentation, including the guitar and keys, which adds that extra level of soulfulness to his sets. 

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This performance will be a highlight of the weekend without a doubt. So get your friends together and go jam to the hit song, “Cola” and plenty of other heaters he’s sure to play!

Catch first ever Subtronics B2B Ganja White Night Set

History is going to be made during Imagine weekend with the first ever Subtronics B2B Ganja White Night set. Both of these artists have carved their own spot into this scene and are continuously blowing minds of music lovers all over. Surprisingly, this is the first time they have ever performed together, so who knows what kind of wonky surprises we are in for! 

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This will be a mainstage closing set, so be prepared to get there early to get a good spot with your friends!

Weather Prep

The south in the summertime has a mind of its own, so make sure you come fully prepared for any type of weather that may arise. You can expect it to be hot and sunny, with the usual mid-day summer thunderstorms that only last an hour or so. Don’t miss out on having a great weekend because you didn’t pack the essentials!

Must haves for this trip are: sunscreen, poncho, rain tarp for your tent, insect repellent and proper clothes and shoes.

Not a Sprint, but a Marathon

Festival season is one of the most action packed times of the year for many of us. Imagine Music Festival falls towards the end of Summer in September, so between the heat, walking long-distances and staying up until the birds are chirping, it is important to take care of yourself. 

Photo Courtesy of Imagine Music Festival

It is best to treat the weekend as a marathon and not a sprint. No one wants to go too hard on day one of the festival and not make it to day two. So, make sure you and your friends are eating throughout the day, checking in with each other, getting at least a couple hours of sleep and of course drinking enough water! 

Tickets for GA, VIP, and PLATINUM tiers, as well as various camping options and add-ons, are available for purchase on the Imagine Music Festival websiteFollow MP3 PREP for more festival tips and tricks.


Ashley is a founding member of the MP3 MAG team, as well as a recent Florida State University graduate. She currently resides in Tampa, Florida, where she has been immersed into the electronic music community and discovered her passion for music journalism. Her favorite hobbies include going to concerts, music festivals and traveling.