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Atlanta’s Freaknik Will Be Reborn This Summer

Revelers congregate on Roswell Road on Saturday April 19,1997. (AP Photo/Atlanta Journal-Constitution, Chris Rank)

In case you’ve never been able to cross Freaknik off your bucket list, now might be the time to get it done.

And it’s all thanks to an Atlanta-based group, After 9 Partners. Starting June 22, Freaknik will live again, only this time, there will be some major modifications. So in case, you wanted to party like it was 1995, with your children, then it should be possible. Organizers of the event say that as much as they want for people to enjoy an old treat, they just don’t want the raunchiness that once came with it. Instead, this year’s Feeaknik will be “family-friendly.”

“We want everyone to know it’s not the old Atlanta Freaknik,” said Tara Thomas, publicist and branding partner for the concert. “When people think Freaknik, they think party and chaos. That’s not what we want to do. We want it to be a party, but an all-inclusive one.”

Back in 2010, the original Freaknik was banned by then-Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed. Reed was concerned that it was too much of a hassle, both financially and for people’s safety. But with the hopes of channeling more inclusive energy, Freaknik will once again become an annual event.

Set to happen at the Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood, this year’s lineup is said to include Project Pat, Uncle Luke, Da Brat, Foxy Brown, Kilo Ali, Bun B., and Pastor Troy. Ticket sales will range from  $46-$221, reports WSBTV.

Thoughts? Does the new Freaknik event sound like something you’d like to attend? Why, or why not? Leave your comments below.

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Image Credit: WSBTV

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