See you in 2018

Since the Wrecking Ball 2016 came to a close on August 14th, we have been working non-stop on the relocation of The Masquerade concert venue.  The process of locating a new home and then executing the move has not only been an enormous project, but has also taken virtually all of our team’s time and attention.  The Masquerade has ultimately landed in a tremendous new downtown space, but one that, unfortunately, is without a proper space to hold The Wrecking Ball ATL in the next step of it’s progression.

So, rather than produce an event smaller in scope or ambition than that toward which The Wrecking Ball is heading, we will be taking 2017 off to both work on the long-term future of The Masquerade, one of the longest running and most storied concert venues in the country, AND to put together a suitable location and set up for the uniquely produced and curated festival that The Wrecking Ball ATL is and will become.  

We are already working on the plan, and it’s a good one. You will continue to see our branding on concerts throughout 2017 and right up until the 2018 announcement.  Stay punk and rest assured that we are not going anywhere. See you in 2018.

Wristband Pick Up Instructions

Thank you for attending The Wrecking Ball ATL 2016 music festival to celebrate The Masquerade’s farewell to O4W on Saturday, August 13, and Sunday, August 14! With the festival only one week away, here is some information that will be valuable to you.

Wristbands will be available for pick-up not only the days of the festival, but the Thursday (8/11) and Friday (8/12) before. Festival wristband pick-up will be conducted inside of The Masquerade’s building. In order to receive your wristband, you will need to bring your festival ticket/ticket purchase confirmation/valid photo ID with you. Stop by any time from 12:00 NOON – 7:00 PM to get them! We really encourage that you come the Thursday and Friday before so that you can make your entry into the festival smoother.

If you arrive the Thursday and Friday before the festival, please be conscious that there are events happening Friday night so plan accordingly. In fact, we would like to invite you to come and celebrate with us at our Pre-Festival show with Poison the Well that Friday (8/12, doors at 7:00 PM) or our Wrecking Ball Emo Night Pre-Party featuring Geoff and Tucker of Thursday presented by The Masquerade and Nashville Is The Reason (doors at 9:00 PM)! Tickets are still available, so come by The Masquerade’s Box Office any time between 11:00 AM – 7:00 PM to avoid online fees.


Lastly, here are some DO’s + DON’Ts for your wristband once you have received it:

Something to stress about the wristband is that it is non-transferable, meaning that you cannot use the wristband one day and then give it to someone else to use the next day. Why?

These wristbands do not loosen or come off. There is a little bead that slides down and it only moves in one direction and that is to tighten the wristband. Once it is on, it will make your wrist its home for the whole weekend. Please note that they are also waterproof so you do not need to worry about it getting wet. It will stay on. Any wristband that is not applied tightly enough and can slip on or off will be confiscated and not replaced.

In no way will one of these wristbands “just fall off” unless you make it fall off. Do not cut, burn, stretch, twist, tear, tape, glue, tuck, or alter the wristband in any way shape or form. Wristbands that are tampered in any way will not be allowed in the festival and will be confiscated without being replaced. If there is an issue, please leave the wristband on and visit the festival’s Box Office to find a solution.


Thank you so much for your continued support! We will see you at The Wrecking Ball!

Poison The Well to play Friday Night Kickoff

With Big Jesus and Piss Shy

at The Masquerade - Heaven

7:00 PM Doors / $22.50 ADV

Tickets go on sale this Friday morning at 10:00 a.m. But, The Wrecking Ball ATL 2016 festival ticket holders will get a presale code in your email tonight for first crack at these tickets before they go on sale!

There are also a very limited # of VIP spots available. VIPs will receive registration instructions via e-mail, as well.





It is with bittersweet emotions that we announce today (in a somber tone with a hint of excitement) the Masquerade’s exit from our historic location at 695 North Ave. NE in Atlanta, Ga. and relocation to our future home at 1421 Fairmont Ave. in the burgeoning West Midtown section of Atlanta.


The Old Fourth Ward has been our home since 1989 when we took over the historic Dupree’s Excelsior Mill and converted it into one of the country’s landmark destinations on the live music touring circuit. The century-old stone walls and wooden planks, along with a variety of old machinery left over from the building’s industrial past, provided an atmosphere for entertainment not duplicated anywhere else.

Over that time, we have played host to most everyone who is anyone in the Rock, Alternative, Punk, Indie Rock, Metal, Industrial, Reggae, Hip Hop and EDM music scenes.  Our stages have been graced by Nirvana, Fugazi, N.I.N, Bjork, Radiohead, The Dave Matthews Band, Foo Fighters, Motorhead, Ice Cube, Outkast, RATM, Coldplay, Green Day, Nick Cave, My Chemical Romance, Fallout Boy, and countless more.  The first ever Warped Tour played in The Masquerade Music Park, as did the first Imagine Festival, the first Shaky Knees Fest, and the first Wrecking Ball ATL.

The O4W neighborhood has grown and changed quite a bit in the last quarter-of-a-century. We have been a proud part of that growth and are appreciative of the support the neighborhood has always shown us. We are also grateful for the extremely supportive treatment we have received from property developers Jay Clark of SE Capital Companies, Bob Worthington of Worthington/Hyde and John Tirrill of SWH Residential Partners. They have been great to work with throughout this process and will take great care of this special building in which we have spent so much of our lives.

Now we are going to continue our growth in a new location that is still located in the heart of Atlanta.  The new Masquerade is going to be nice, and new and shiny, built from scratch. It will have upgraded bathrooms – a ton of them, and many backstage rooms that will be fancy also.  The ceilings will be tall – Heaven will have a mezzanine. Yes, there will be parking.

But, for anyone concerned about losing the essence of The Masquerade, the unique aesthetic that has made us special, don’t fret. The heart and soul of the Masquerade does not lie in the brick and mortar, but in the music and people. Those will be coming with us to Fairmont along with the successful Heaven, Hell and Purgatory, multi-stage format that has served us so well.

We will memorialize our departure from 695 North Ave. with one final blowout. The Wrecking Ball ATL 2016 has already received tons of national and international press as one of the most impressive, and unique festival lineups of 2016.  The festival was curated to reflect The Masquerade’s Punk, Alternative and Indie Rock roots, with an eye cast toward the future of the genres. We can now officially announce The Ball as our swansong, our final weekend on North Avenue. 

On August 13 and 14, Quicksand, L7, Dinosaur Jr and Drive Like Jehu will be joined by Kathleen Hanna and the Julie Ruin, Atlanta’s own Deerhunter, hardcore legends Gorilla Biscuits, the reunited Thursday, American Football and The Promise Ring and over 60 more incredible artists. This will be the last chance to experience the location so many have grown up with, fallen in love at, brought their kids to and will remember forever.

The farewell festival’s footprint will encompass the Heaven, Hell, and Purgatory stages, along with two festival stages in Old Fourth Ward Park right next door. We are excited to be partnering with many local vendors, local food trucks (vegan friendly!), and Atlanta-based businesses like Mailchimp, Southern Star Tattoos, Criminal Records and I Believe In Atlanta. Did we also mention the endless amounts of PBR?

Tickets are available for The Wrecking Ball ATL 2016 at All Ticketmaster locations and The Masquerade box office.  Weekend passes and single day tickets are available.  VIP tix are sold out. Please join us for this exciting weekend. Take final photos and contribute to our Memory Wall your farewell wishes to the 695.

We will take the week following Wrecking Ball to finish our transition to the new digs and be open the following weekend, Aug. 20th with no downtime whatsoever!

For more information and complete lineups, please visit our websites,,,

Visit our social media pages located at,

For more information please contact Greg Green at

Single Day Lineups Revealed

Single day lineups are finally here! 

If you’re not punk enough to rock out on both days of The Wrecking Ball 2016 - single day tickets will be on sale on Friday, May 20th at 10 am est :

Want a presale/discount code? Sign up for our mailing list and check your inbox tonight :



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The Julie Ruin, the band featuring Kathleen Hanna, her former Bikini Kill bandmate Kathi Wilcox, Kiki and Herb's Kenny Mellman, Carmine Covelli, and Sara Landeau, have announced their second studio album, Hit Reset. 

Anti-Flag Celebrates Not 1, But 2 Anniversaries

Pennsylvania Punks Anti-Flag have been a staple and influence in the scene for over 20 years.

This year, 2016, they are celebrating the 10 year anniversary of their record “For Blood and Empire” as well as a 20 year anniversary for “Die for the Government.”

During this 2016 election year - you do not want to miss a chance to see such a politically outspoken band live!

Pears Stream New Single

BrooklynVegan is streaming NOLA punks Pears new single, “Green Star.” Check it out HERE.

“They make punchy, crisply-produced hardcore with just the right amount of melody where you can sing along without calling it “pop punk.” It fits right in with the classic stuff on the Fat roster, and if you’re generally into that kinda thing, PEARS will be right up your alley.” -BrooklynVegan

Not seeing them on tour with Subhumans? Come see them at Wrecking Ball 2016!