December brings a sense of joyful excitement to the Gulf Coast, but anticipation of Christmas and Mardi Gras aren’t the only catalysts. The holiday season also ushers the initial announcement of the lineup for The Hangout Music Festival, taking place in Gulf Shores May 19-21. Last week, festival fans’ curiosity was satisfied with a preview of the eighth installment of this world-class music extravaganza.
As with many mega-festivals, Hangout Fest has evolved since its 2010 inception. Considering this year’s initial reveal and last year’s lineup, Hangout Fest seems to have established itself as a festival specializing in modern sounds with a peppering of popular bands from the past two decades.
Folk rock darlings Mumford & Sons will headline Hangout 2017. Festival veterans Twenty-One Pilots also will be returning to the Alabama Gulf Coast. With his new album “Blonde” thrilling critics and fans alike, R&B crooner Frank Ocean will be making his Hangout Fest debut. Chance the Rapper had to cancel his 2014 Hangout Fest appearance, but will make it up in 2017 with a headlining set.
Major Lazer (another Hangout Fest vet) and DJ Snake will be this year’s big EDM headliners, and Weezer will provide a set of old-school alt. rock sounds. After taking a short hiatus, psychedelic indie rockers MGMT are back and ready for the Hangout crowd. The lineup also includes performances from Sigur Rós, Band of Horses, The Head & the Heart, A$AP Ferg, Franz Ferdinand, Charli XCX, Warpaint, Cash Cash, Shaggy, Magic!, Mutemath, Arizona, Coin, Frances, White Reaper and many, many more.
Tickets are on sale now, currently set at $269. As always, there will also be several tiers of access. VIP credentials are currently going for $1,099, and Super VIP access can be purchased for $1,599. Once again, Hangout Fest will feature condo packages including both tickets and passes. More information is available at the festival’s official website, hangoutmusicfest.com.
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