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The Best Moments From Music Midtown 2017

From pop passion displayed by Dua Lipa, Bruno Mars and Tove Lo along with memorable covers by AJR and Weezer, these are the moments you had to know about at the Atlanta festival

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Zara Larsson

CHICAGO, IL - AUGUST 05: Zara Larsson performs at Grant Park on August 5, 2017 in Chicago, Illinois. (Photo by Michael Hickey
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We all know Zara Larsson is a vocal queen, but we've never seen her as more of a trooper than during her set at Music Midtown 2017 where despite getting sick on stage, she came back and finished her performance with as much vocal gusto as pre-vomiting. 

Read the full details of how Zara powered through her set here.

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ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 17:  Rapper Future performs onstage at 2017 Music Midtown at Piedmont Park on September 17, 2017 in A
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Music Midtown gave a hometown hero a major spotlight with Atlanta native Future as one of the headliners to close out the final night of the fest. While the rapper brought a lit set with turn-up jams like "Freak Hoe" and "Jumpman," the stage itself was actually lit extremely well with probably the most visually impressive set throughout the whole weekend. Gorgeously detialed LED backdrops, laser lights cutting through the crowds and flamethrowers blazing behind Future and his crew were just some of the technically awesome aspects of the set.

But another sight that truly made Future's headlining set special? The fact that it was one of his sons birthdays and the superstar brought his kids on stage to rock out during "Mask Off."

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ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 17:  Lizzo performs during Day 2 of Music Midtown at Piedmont Park on September 17, 2017 in Atlanta,
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Lizzo told the Atlanta crowd that Music Midtown was her last tour stop and she wanted "125 percent" of the crowd to be dancing and getting wild with her. It wasn't hard to do so either as the singer-rapper gave the crowd multiple opportunities to get cray, like after a performance of "Phone" yelling, "Atlanta, I want you to take out your phone if you haven't lost it and take a picture of my ass" before bending over for the energetic crowd.

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ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 17:  Rapper Russ performs onstage at 2017 Music Midtown at Piedmont Park on September 17, 2017 in Atl
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Apparently Atlanta is a major source of inspiration for Russ. The singer-songwriter-producer told the crowd, "All the women who I write my songs about are from Atlanta," before adding "They might be in the audience—hopefully not." Russ continued through tracks like "What They Want" and "Losin Control" with everyone keeping an eye out to find the true muses of Russ' heartbreaking material.

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AUSTIN, TX - OCTOBER 02:  (L-R) Alana Haim, Danielle Haim and Este Haim of Haim perform during the Austin City Limits Music F
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HAIM apparently had a ton of superfans in the crowd who screamed during the different members solos. The trend started from the opening song "Want You Back" as a slew of supporters screamed as youngest Haim sister Alana began her solo on the bridge which made the 25-year-old smile.

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ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 17:  Matthew Brue of Missio performs during Day 2 of Music Midtown at Piedmont Park on September 17,
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Missio was one of the earlier sets of Day 2, but the electro-emo duo got Sunday started on a rowdy note, ending their energetic set with their popular single "Middle Fingers." Members Matthew Brue and David Butler took the lyrics, "I'll just keep on throwing middle fingers in their air" to heart as they ran into the pit to join the crowd in some middle-finger throwing, sending everyone off perhaps a little more rebellious than they were feeling prior. 

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Bruno Mars

LOS ANGELES, CA - DECEMBER 02:  Bruno Mars performs at 102.7 KIIS FM's Jingle Ball 2016 at Staples Center on December 2, 2016
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When Bruno Mars came out for his headlining set to close out Day 1 of Music Midtown 2017, the singer initially had just one request: for the audience to put their cameras away. With his set that recalled simpler musical eras, it soon became borderline-silly to even have one's phone out during a set thanks to the focus on classic entertainment.

Read more about why Bruno dazzled while keeping it classic in our full review here.

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Dua Lipa

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 16:  Dua Lipa performs during Day 1 of Music Midtown at Piedmont Park on September 16, 2017 in Atlant
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Dua Lipa was the first act to play Music Midtown 2017 with her 1:30PM set, but there was still a huge and intensely passionate crowd for the rising pop sensation. The crowd screamed every time the husky-voiced starlet every time she engaged in a little crowd banter, started shrieking when she went into the pit to get close to fans during "Be the One," and went nuts when she closed with "New Rules," her bubbling single that looks likely to be her breakthrough hit in America. And if the Atlanta crowd's reaction was any indication, "New Rules" is just about to crack through the surface to make Dua as huge a star as she can.

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NEW YORK, NY - DECEMBER 13:  Musicians Ryan Met, Jack Met and Adam Met of AJR perform onstage at T.J. Martell Foundation's 16
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While fans gave Backstreet Boy mania–like screams for the AJR brothers, the most notable moment might have come from when the crowd was the quietest. When Adam Met received a lukewarm reaction to his announcement that he and his band mates were doing a cover, the singer hilariously commented, "That might have been the lowest reaction to a cover ever." The brother band did get their due hollers though after nailing a piano-led cover of Khalid's "Location" with only one minor hiccup—a voice crack which Adam called himself out on and laughed through.

Below, watch our interview with AJR at Music Midtown where they try to guess each other's answers to random questions to prove how well they know each other:

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ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 16:  Lindsey Gunnulfsen of Pvris performs onstage at 2017 Music Midtown at Piedmont Park on September
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Lynn Gunn proved why she's the ultimate frontwoman as she and her Pvris band mates powered through their super-sunny and humid 3:30 set time—a situation not lost on the singer-multi-instrumentalist as she asked the crowd how sweaty they were multiple times. Gunn not only kept the crowd entertained, but sang, played guitar and handled keyboards further proving why she's multi-threat, electro-emo star that needs to be on everyone's radar now that the band has officially avoided the sophomore slump with their recently released All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell from last month.

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DOVER, DE - JUNE 16:  Rivers Cuomo of Weezer performs onstage during the 2017 Firefly Music Festival on June 16, 2017 in Dove
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With the audience packed and many people watching from under park trees, the Cotton Club stage almost couldn't fit the intense crowd on hand for a festival performance from Weezer. Whether or not they could see, they inevitably were singing along to classics by the band including "Pork & Beans," "Island in the Sun," and "Beverly Hills" (the latter of which saw frontman Rivers Cuomo donning a sombrero halfway through) plus unexpected covers of Mike Posner's "Took a Pill in Ibiza" and Andre 3000's "Hey Ya" (where Cuomo delivered the rapper's "Now I wanna see y'all on your baddest behavior / Lend me some sugar, I am your neighbor" line totally deadpan).

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Tove Lo

ATLANTA, GA - SEPTEMBER 16:  Tove Lo performs during Day 1 of Music Midtown at Piedmont Park on September 16, 2017 in Atlanta
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While the sea of Tove Lo fans at the main Salesforce Stage loved every dark-pop song the Swedish singer dished out, the star herself seemed most visibly excited about performing her new single "Disco Tits." Tove even seemed to embrace the sexy track's "I'm wet through all my clothes" lyric somewhat to heart as she kicked off her shoes while before ecstatically bringing the track to life.

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