Historic Markers Across Georgia

Second Atlanta International Pop Festival

Marker ID: GHS 111-2
Location: Middle Georgia Raceway, 4015 US Hwy 41 North, Byron, GA
County: Peach
Coordinates: N 32° 40.1    W 083° 42.517
  32.66833333    -83.70861666
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None
Second Atlanta International Pop Festival Marker
Photo by David Seibert


In the 1960s, as American culture changed rapidly, new forms of music and performance emerged, including large outdoor rock festivals. From July 3-5, 1970, the Second Atlanta International Pop Festival, one of the largest such events anywhere in the world during that era, took place in a field 600 yards west of here. Over thirty musical acts performed, including rock icon Jimi Hendrix playing to the largest American audience of his career, and Macon's Allman Brothers Band on their launching pad to national fame. Officials estimated that the festival drew several hundred thousand young people to Byron that weekend. Organized by renowned Atlanta concert promoter Alex Cooley, it remains one of the largest public gatherings in state history.

Erected by the Georgia Historical Society, the Byron Area Historical Society, the Georgia Allman Brothers Band Association, the Allman Brothers Band Museum at the Big House, and 2012.4 Hittin' the Note 111-2

Second Atlanta International Pop Festival
Photo by David Seibert


More Information:
Wikipedia - Atlanta International Pop Festival (1970)
Messy Optics - Memories from the Atlanta Pop Festival of 1970