BREAKING: Freaknik party has been canceled

So much for Freaknik 2016. The owner of the venue where a Freaknik-themed party had been scheduled just contacted the AJC to say that party is now canceled.

“In light of the year that black lives matter, we don’t think Freaknik does,” Terry Brantley, owner of the Atrium events venue, told the AJC.

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His comment referenced the modern-day civil rights movement Black Lives Matter, and said he wanted the community to focus on serious issues like combating violence and police brutality, not a rehash of a party known for tying up traffic in the 1990s.

Brantley’s Stone Mountain facility has stayed busy for more than two decades hosting a range of cultural events, fashion shows, weddings, family reunions and other events.  Recent offerings there have included a performance by R&B vocal group the Delfonics and reggae artists Richie Spice & The Elements Band.

The so-called “Freaknik” event was booked simply as a party at the facility’s indoor pool – not unlike so many other events the Atrium hosts. Then an energetic promotional blitz, including posters billing the party as “Freaknik,” sent #FreaknikATL soaring to the top of Twitter’s “trending topics” list this week.

“It’s just another pool party at the Atrium,” Brantley said Wednesday of the supposed Freanik 2.0.

And now it’s not.

Party planner Danny Hefner wasn’t at the original Freakniks back in the day – he’s only 20 – but his mom attended and had shared her stories.

“I’m getting calls from people asking if it’s for real,” he told the AJC earlier this week. “It is real. This is going to be wild, fun, just like parties used to be. We’re expecting thousands of people…We’re expecting a lot of people from all over the country.”

Contacted for comment this afternoon, Hefner was surprised at word the party had been canceled.

“Really?” he asked. “Let me call you back.”

Reader Comments 0

52 comments
Jim Chapman
Jim Chapman

Freaknik happens everyday in Atlanta. No need for any planning.

David Smith
David Smith

So I guess no twerking at the Marta bus stop for me then,breaks my heart :)

Kevin Shields
Kevin Shields

You took an article, put it behind the paywall, and yet didn't update it from what you posted a week ago

Peggy Meadows Zell
Peggy Meadows Zell

I heard Freaknik had been moved to where Orange Crush Was. I think Tabby Island would welcome you with open arms.

Tiffany White Collier
Tiffany White Collier

Tybee Island will no longer have Orange Crush either. The people partying trashed Beach.

Daryl Andrews
Daryl Andrews

Gonna have to change our plans up, Jimmy Walters.

Daryl Andrews
Daryl Andrews

I think so, too. Maybe a change of venue in your neighborhood. Do our own thang.

Amir Ali
Amir Ali

Sorry to inform you but ,you don't need permission to hold freaknic . All you need is people to show up

Billie Thomas
Billie Thomas

Kinda need the ole welcome mat too... don't think that has been rolled out for freaknic in a while

Amir Ali
Amir Ali

It never was welcomed except those last two years when they tried to make it a job fair of sorts lol.

Jeremy Wilson
Jeremy Wilson

They made it a job fair? No wonder people stopped attending!

Des Mitchell Crosby
Des Mitchell Crosby

That was a very smart move. I could already see violence happening. It never fails.

Shana Davis
Shana Davis

Any ways it should be at a park with grills and bbq HELLooooo lol

Eric Baker
Eric Baker

It's cause the crowd that it brings out brings nothing good to the city

Carla Saulters
Carla Saulters

I think that was a good idea we dont need anymore problems than what we have now

Lake Barrett
Lake Barrett

Zach Mays we there anyway dog \U0001f4af x3

Trevor Smith
Trevor Smith

We didn't need that retard convention here anyway.. we have enough crime and trash.

Trevor Smith
Trevor Smith

Ignorance is what you see at freaknik. Bye Felicia...

Felicia Garris
Felicia Garris

So that's all it would bring, huh? Please, continue speaking so we can hear the ignorance. Smh...

Shana Davis
Shana Davis

Sad sad sad one reason why BLM is in affect.

Trevor Smith
Trevor Smith

BLM is in effect to promote Freaknik? I thought they were just a racist terrorist organization. Learn something new every day.

bills68
bills68

......just ruined Jay Bookman's weekend !!!

Billie Thomas
Billie Thomas

Guess folks will have to pony up $15 and pay for their companionship instead lol

Tin Lizzie
Tin Lizzie

And don't forget the motorcycles

David Smith
David Smith

Dang all that money I spent on twerking lessons gone out the window :(

Michelle D. Ford
Michelle D. Ford

\U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602I triple dog dare you to twerk on PEACHTREE \U0001f602\U0001f602\U0001f602just bring traffic to a halt,

David Smith
David Smith

Ikr,I,d be better at break dancing,break my arm,break my leg,ect,ect

Tim Langan
Tim Langan

It wasn't going to be Freaknik. It was just using the name.

Donald Pattillo
Donald Pattillo

I myself thinks it is a great idea to cancel Freaknik we just do not need the drama they may bring and the congestion of our roads as well.

CeCe Burkes
CeCe Burkes

THANK YOU FOR RECOGNIZING THE SERIOUSNESS OF THIS CURRENT STRUGGLE!!!!!

Alyssa Floresta
Alyssa Floresta

BLM would have proven that their useless by gangs showing up and doing what they do best

Chrys Latimore
Chrys Latimore

You can always count on stupidity to show up and make a comment about BLM.

Malinda Reddie
Malinda Reddie

This new generation can't handle freak. They can't act right and it would be to dangerous.

Walter Reinhardt
Walter Reinhardt

Any bets that the freaknikers come anyway and say screw the city these are public streets

Brett Malloy
Brett Malloy

And I was looking forward to some exciting gun battles. Boring.

Brent VanWie
Brent VanWie

awww man no widespread crime no blocking the streets and no huge cleanup at the expense of the taxpayers awww darn