Curbed Atlanta reported earlier today that Old Fourth Ward music venue and dance club the Masquerade would be leaving the old Dupree’s Excelsior Mill on North Avenue for a new home on the westside. The club made is official this afternoon with a media statement.

The Masquerade’s new home will be 1421 Fairmont Ave. in a former warehouse space. According to the media statement, the Masquerade will be “nice, and new and shiny, built from scratch. It will have upgraded bathrooms – a ton of them, and many backstage rooms that will be fancy also. The ceilings will be tall – Heaven will have a mezzanine. Yes, there will be parking.” The owners also promised to keep the “unique aesthetic” of the venue with the Heaven, Hell and Purgatory multi-stage format well-known to club-goers. The re-opening date is set for Aug. 20.

Masquerade will celebrate its departure from North Avenue on Aug. 13 and 14 with one final blowout,  The Wrecking Ball ATL 2016. Featured performers will include Quicksand, L7, Dinosaur Jr, Drive Like Jehu, Kathleen Hanna and the Julie Ruin, Deerhunter, Gorilla Biscuits, the reunited Thursday, American Football and The Promise Ring and over 60 more artists. The festival will take place over all levels of the club and in two stages set up next door in Historic Fourth Ward Park. There will be food trucks, local vendors and endless amounts of PBR.

Tickets are available for The Wrecking Ball ATL 2016 at all Ticketmaster locations and the Masquerade box office. Weekend passes and single day tickets are available. VIP tickets are already are sold out. For more information and complete lineups, visit or

During Masquerade’s residence at the old mill, the stages were graced by Nirvana, Fugazi, N.I.N, Bjork, Radiohead, The Dave Matthews Band, Foo Fighters, Motorhead, Ice Cube, Outkast, RATM, Coldplay, Green Day, Nick Cave, My Chemical Romance, Fallout Boy, and countless more.

The mill is being transformed into a mixed-use residential, retail and dining venue.

Collin Kelley

Collin Kelley has been the editor of Atlanta Intown for two decades and has been a journalist and freelance writer for 35 years. He’s also an award-winning poet and novelist.