Hangout Beach, Music and Arts Festival
Gulf Shores, AL
The Hangout Beach, Music and Arts Festivals will take place for the first time on May 14-16 in Gulf Shores, Alabama. Over the course of this weekend, Hangout will play host to a talented and eclectic variety of bands on what will be the first large-scale festival held on a beach. With 35,000 people expected each day during the festival, attendees will be treated to a cast of all-star performers. Nationally known artists and Grammy winners that will take the stage during the three-day event include the Zac Brown Band, Trey Anastasio, John Legend, The Roots, Michael Franti, Ben Harper, the Black Crowes, Alison Krauss and Union Station, Ray LaMontagne, Matisyahu, Gov’t Mule, Keller Williams, Guster, Alex B, Gift of Gab and Big Gigantic.
Despite the explosion and destruction of BP’s Deepwater Horizon Oil Rig, Hangout expects to carry on as scheduled. With the catastrophic disaster affecting the entire Gulf Coast, the focus of the festival has shifted from simply an inaugural celebration to a opportunity for environmental action to take place. Beyond hosting a stacked lineup, much of the community at Hangout will aim to organize volunteers, raise public awareness, and continue to fundraise to help those severely impacted by the catastrophe.
While Hangout’s concentration may have shifted over the past month, Hangout will simultaneous play its part in the cleanup efforts while featuring artist performances on four stages in the Gulf Shores beach. I will be bringing you coverage on both all things Hangout throughout this weekend, so check back soon for more festival coverage.