The wait is over. The initial line-up announcement for Hangout Fest 2014 has sent a multitude of music junkies from around the globe into a frenzy. So far, the big headliner for this year is Hangout alumni, The Black Keys.
With the news that Outkast was reuniting for several festival dates, many fans were praying for an appearance by Big Boi and Andre 3000. Those prayers were answered with the addition of this Atlanta hip-hop duo. The Killers will be this year’s rock headliner, and their dedicated fan base is sure to be in attendance. Jack Johnson rounds out this year’s headliners, as he makes his Hangout Fest debut. Gulf Shores is certain to be the perfect setting for his trademark beachside ballads. And festival veterans can look forward to another memorable performance from The Flaming Lips. Last year, the band took a year off from the fest, but they are sure to make up for lost time with their grand return.
As always, Hangout Fest has something for all musical tastes. Queens of the Stone Age, Black Lips, Andrew W.K. and Diarrhea Planet will deliver a heavy dose of modern rock. Wiz Khalifa and Chance the Rapper will mount a verbal assault full of rhythms and rhymes. The event has also developed a reputation for featuring some of the best electronic acts in the nation. This year will be no different with performances from Pretty Lights, STS9 and Balkan Beat Box. The festival will also have its share of modern troubadours with Amos Lee and Conor Oberst presenting their aural artwork. The Avett Brothers and Blackberry Smoke will be bringing their backwoods sounds to Gulf Shores. With their extensive following and alt. rock sound, the crowd will erupt with a rare regional performance from Modest Mouse.
Other bands scheduled to appear include Zedd, Childish Gambino, Tegan & Sara, Portugal the Man, Fitz & the Tantrums, Capital Cities, Needtobreathe, Boys Noize, Blood Beetroots, Ingrid Michaelson, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue, Bastille, Soja, Allen Stone, The 1975, ALO, Claude VonStroke, Los Lobos, Moon Taxi, Little Green Cars, Tom Odell, Valerie June, Brodinski, Wild Belle, RAC, Daedelus, Robert DeLong, heRobust, RDGLDGRN, Shakey Graves, Bronze Radio Return, Wild Cub, Le1f, Reinwolf, Gemini Club, The Wans, Bad Suns, Desert Noise, John & Jacob, Ethan Tucker, Mystery Skulls, The Lonely Biscuits, Los Colognes, Bagheera and Dugas.
The festival takes place May 16-18 in Gulf Shores. Weekend passes are on sale now at the Hangout Fest website. For those wanting to get the party started early, tickets for the official pre-party on Thursday, May 15, featuring Girl Talk, will go on sale in February.
Tickets are also on sale for the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival (Apr. 25-May 4). In addition to Mobile’s The Mulligan Brothers, this year’s festival features a seemingly endless list of iconic names. Artists scheduled to perform include legends such as Eric Clapton, Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band, Christina Aguilera, Phish, Arcade Fire, Santana, Robin Thicke, String Cheese Incident, Trey Songz, Vampire Weekend, Foster the People, Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue and many more. Tickets can be purchased at the gate and through Ticketmaster.