In an announcement posted to social media today, the Hangout Music Festival announced rather than attempt to reschedule the festival later this year, it would return May 21-23, 2021. Late last month, Hangout Fest became one of the largest local public gatherings to be canceled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Originally scheduled for May 15-17, the 2020 lineup featured the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Billie Eilish, Post Malone, Marshmello and Cage the Elephant, and was the fastest sell-out in the festival’s 11-year history. In the statement, organizers said they would try to replicate the 2020 lineup as possible. Meanwhile, refunds will be offered to ticket holders who can’t commit to next year’s date, but the 2020 passes will be transferable.
“We want to thank you for your hopeful patience over the past few weeks as we vetted all options for a possible fall reschedule,” the statement said. “But ultimately, we feel like the true essence of Hangout belongs in May as the most epic, carefree, ‘let’s kick-off the summer right’ beach party. Trust that after taking a year off, we’re going to come back massive and will work endlessly to make 2021 the best Hangout ever.”
Over the years, rumors have circulated about the possibility of the festival moving away from the city of Gulf Shores. While the statement did not mention a location for 2021, Gulf Shores Public Information Officer Grant Brown confirmed organizers did confirm the 2021 dates with the city, and it will be subject to the same permitting and City Council approval process as in years prior.
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