Last updated on July 29th, 2017 at 09:56 pm
The eighth annual Hangout Fest, a unique festival that is in Gulf Shores, Alabama took place over the weekend of May 19th – 21st and our very own Bo Weber went down to check out what it was all about! Dubbed “Music’s ultimate beach vacation,” Hangout Fest takes place right on the beach of Gulf Shores, so you can quite literally watch your favorite bands perform with your toes in the sand.
To kickstart the weekend many opted to check out the Thursday Kickoff party, a low-key (only in size, not in excitement) precursor to what was about to come that weekend. Acts including Migos, Cherub, and Tchami started off the weekend right with a range of music to fit anyone’s interests.
Day one was hot, to put it lightly. Crowds were large, and the vibe across the land was quite mellow. Acts like Weezer and Phoenix were the biggest draws of the day performing on the Surf and Hangout stages, while others opted for a more intimate feel with Andrew McMahon in the Wilderness and RUSS at Fitz’s Stage. Dillon Francis closed out the night with an overpacked Boom Boom tent leaving people ready for more on Saturday!
Day two rolled around though, and it started off right where the first day left off. Rüfüs du Sol dazzled audiences at the Hangout Stage early in the day while later Cheat Codes owned the electronic scene at Boom Boom. Major Lazer took the Surf Stage and the EDM crowd moved over to the beach side of things. The excitement of the day dwindled slightly when rainstorms, which had been circulating the area all week, moved in and crashed the party. Organizers tried to beat the weather, pushing headlining act 21 Pilots set up 30 minutes. Although they played long enough for everyone to get their rock fix, the weather proved to be too much and the day was cut short.
The final day of Hangout was highly regarded as the best of the three day weekend. Getting off to a soggy start due to Saturday’s weather, however, by 3 pm the rain had faded and the headliners started to bring the weekend to a close. Epic performances by Chance The Rapper, Young the Giant, Franz Ferdinand, and Marshmello kept the energy high and ensured a satisfying, firework filled end to the three day weekend for all in attendance.
All in all, it is safe to say that the 8th installment of Hangout Fest a definite success, and hopes are high that next years festival picks up right where this one left off and keeps the energy going. The only downfall, we have to wait a whole year…