With February winding down and spring days ahead, there is one thing above all else that should give you hope when combating this frigid winter weather and that’s FESTIVAL SEASON. Besides the chance to escape reality and experience an entire weekend of music-loving hippie chicks, and the world’s best live music acts, festival season just good-vibes with care-free fun in the sun. But since there are various festivals that are jockeying for your hard-earned cash, we have a viable option to make narrowing down the choices easier: Hangout Fest, in Gulf Shores, Alabama is the place to be May 15th -17th weekend. A beach party, the multi-genre Hangout Fest lineup features 74 artists, including recently announced headliner, Sam Smith.
Fans that have attended Hangout Fest in its previous five years rave about the overall scene, so we’ve compiled this list of reasons why Hangout Fest rules. Don’t forget to get your tickets for Hangout 2015!
In its fifth year of existence, Hangout Fest continues to attract larger audiences because of its incredible lineups. Hangout Fest has partnered with Goldenvoice, who are the organizers of Coachella, and these organizers have made several updates to their previously announced lineup. Following up their phase 1 announcement of Foo Fighters, Beck, Zac Brown Band, Skrillex, My Morning Jacket, Major Lazer, TV on the Radio, and Future Islands, 11 new acts such as Tove Lo, Joey Bada$$, and Sam Smith are slated to also headline. It’s worth mentioning that a few weekends ago, Sam Smith won four Grammy awards, including Best Pop Vocal Album and Record of the Year for “Stay With Me,” while Beck won his Grammy for Album of the year. Sam Smith and Beck will be two awesome acts to witness, but with 74 artists and 6 stages all together, you will for sure be jamming out all weekend.
Gulf Shores in Alabama is a tourist destination that’s popular for college spring breakers. The Hangout Festival is expected to attract more than 40,000 young adults, and, since it’s not a camping festival, your belongings will be kept locked up and safe in the hotel or rental property. Furthermore, when you’re looking to save money on booze, Alabama sells kegs. What may be most convenient is that the festival offers re-entry all weekend, so you can pre-game your life away, while either walking, along the beach, or catching the festival shuttle bus to and from the festival.
Hangout Fest takes place May 15th – 17th weekend, which is before Memorial Day and the unofficial start of summer. Hangout Fest brings the party to the beach, while most other festivals are mud-fests that leave you feeling NASTY afterwards. Not only is the Hangout Fest beach location unique, but also the natural scene will present opportunities to flex your hard work in the gym and more importantly it also means babes in bikinis. Girls having fun, at the beach, is a classic scene that will balance perfectly with sand volleyball games and picturesque ocean sunsets amenities.
Southern states are celebrated for their good cooking, especially Bar-B-Q. Hangout Fest’s gulf location provides almost an unlimited variety food options ranging from sea-food to Bar-B-Q and other fried items. The Hangout restaurant is located within festival grounds with tons of fresh seafood options. Plus, the Alabama Gulf Seafood courtyard features menu items like Gulf seafood jambalya, shrimp po boys and fresh shucked oysters.
This year’s menu hasn’t been finalized yet, but last year featured Gulf seafood jambalya, shrimp po boys and fresh shucked oysters. You can bet that when you’re starving, plenty of delicious choices will be readily available to fill you up so you can keep partying all night long.
Hangout Fest app
An app these days shouldn’t surprise anyone, but some festivals actually still don’t have one. The Hangout fest app is a necessity as it’s a tool for real-time updates when circumstances alter official festival plans. Not only does the app let you customize your own schedule, but its paperless maps prevent you from looking like a newbie when you’re trying to locate bathrooms. Best of all, the Hangout Fest offer FREE charging stations throughout the festival that can be located from the the app.
Memories and Music
With arguably the most star-studded lineup of any festival this year, Hangout Fest will definitely make you feel nostalgic several years down the road. As Hangout Fest is certain to draw its largest audience yet, being there presents an opportunity to blow off some steam, go all out partying, and mingle with new people. It’s not every day that one can say they saw the likes of Sam Smith, Beck, Foo Fighters, Zac Brown Band, Skrillex, Major Lazor, Lupe Fiasco, and more headlining, on soft sand beaches with a roaring crowd of millennials.
Don’t miss out on this chance to make fond memories with good friends, at Hangout Fest, that will become a common bond you each can relive on social media several years down the road.