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Lakewood Amphitheatre: Atlanta Concert Venue

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The crowd at Lakewood Amphitheatre went wild for Journey

Lakewood Amphitheatre opened in 1989 and has a seating capacity of 19,000. Despite living in Atlanta these many years, I’ve only been to Lakewood Amphitheatre a couple times. I’ve seen Jimmy Buffet, Dave Matthews Band (I think) and Live there. Lakewood has always felt a world away, but it really isn’t that bad of a drive (and this is based on weekday drive!). Once you do get  to Lakewood, there are plenty of lots nearby or if you don’t mind doing a bit of walking, park for free on one of the side streets nearby.

We saw lots of people tailgating. Though I’ve never really understood why this is fun, it is an option if you want to beat rush hour traffic and head down to Lakewood prior to the show. Of course, there are food vendors inside if you’re like me and don’t get the whole appeal of tailgating. But even better is the fact that several area local food trucks will be at Lakewood Amphitheatre for shows this summer. These include Tex’s Taco Truck, Nectar, Kona Ice, The Bento Bus, Five Finger Philly, Bhojanic, Always Sweet, and Yummy’s.

Lakewood Amphitheatre also has a terrific VIP area to lounge and hang out in during breaks or prior to the concert. Upon entering, you’ll see a gated outdoor area that is lovely when the weather is cool. That’s how you know you’ve found the entrance to the new lounge at Lakewood Amphitheatre. There’s a bar outside and inside. While the beer and wine selection is lacking (think Barefoot wines and mostly domestic beers), I enjoyed the cocktails. I had an American Mule which really packed a punch. With the hot summer days, it would be nice to have some local craft beers available, though.

The VIP lounge at Lakewood Amphitheatre features comfy seating and lots of memorabilia

The indoor lounge area is rather swanky and it would be terrific space to chill in between performances during concerts. Besides comfy seating and lots of good photo ops, there’s lots of concert memorabilia on the walls at Lakewood Amphitheatre to take in. Besides that, the VIP area, and this is where the ladies will be most impressed, has separate bathrooms. The lines at the regular bathrooms were crazy long, but in the VIP areas at Lakewood Amphitheatre, not only are the bathrooms a lot nicer, but the lines are way shorter. So you don’t have to worry you will be standing in line while the band starts performing your favorite song.

There are a great line up of concerts coming up at Lakewood Amphitheatre this summer. If you want to see the full lineup at Lakewood Amphitheatre for this summer, visit the Live Nation Lakewood Amphitheatre website.

Disclosure: Our tickets to Lake Amphitheatre were provided by 360 Media but the opinions expressed are my own.