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Electronic music festival kicks off in Braselton
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Atlanta-based DJ Next A Kin, right, performs his set at the opening day of the Moonshine Music and Arts Festival on Friday.

Grinding electronics and thrumming, vibrating bass rolled around the hills of Braselton as the Moonshine Music and Arts Festival kicked off its first day.

With sodden clouds hanging overhead, the 18-and-older festival was in a slow windup early Friday evening.

Just after 5 p.m., most of the festival-goers were busy setting up campsites or had not yet arrived, booths were still unloading and food trucks were preparing themselves for the weekend.

The main stage was set up and opening acts were playing, but the three other stages were still being assembled under daylight.

There was a heavy presence of deputies from the Hall County Sheriff’s Office patrolling the area in golf carts, and a mobile command station was set up near the entrance of the RacePlex.

The electronic music festival lasts through Sunday evening, and a turnout of several thousand people was estimated by its organizers.

It was previously held near Ringgold in Catoosa County, but was relocated to Hall County to attract a larger audience from Atlanta.

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