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Freaknik returns, but it's not what you remember

After a 19-year hiatus, the legendary concert returns to Atlanta.

ATLANTA — Freaknik is back!

There was a mix of excitement and nostalgia Saturday afternoon at the Cellairis Amphitheatre at Lakewood.

After a two-decade hiatus, the infamous concert returned to Atlanta. But this time, it was much calmer than years past.

"I wouldn't even consider this Freaknik, it's just a concert," said one concert-goer.

Freaknik started in 1983 when college students hosted the first one at the Atlanta University Center. It quickly became a nationwide phenomenon that lasted through the '90s.

But even the organizers of this year's concert admit it's not the same old Freaknik. Back then, it was a rolling party that blocked downtown roads and interstates. It became the stuff of legend - right until city officials decided to put an end to it.

But the desire to bring it back was strong. And despite the subdued atmosphere, that didn't stop many from reliving their dreams.

"It's like a dream come true again," said radio DJ Lil Bankhead, from 94.5.


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