Around this time last year, I started hearing talk about a festival taking place at the public beach around a small Gulf Shores, AL bar/restaurant. “Hangout Fest”, as it was called, seemed like a novel enterprise, and besides, you don’t exactly need a valid excuse to spend a weekend relaxing on the gorgeous white sand beaches of the Gulf of Mexico.
While the corresponding coastal cities that span from Ocean Springs, MS to Panama City, FL run the gambit from “boring” to “deplorable”, the actual points at which the land hits the Gulf of Mexico is as magnificent as I have seen beaches get. It seemed like only a matter of time before someone decided to adapt the festival blueprint that works so well on farms (Bonnaroo), fields (Coachella), and even downtown city parks (Lollapalooza) and move it to a beach.
But the first Hangout Music and Arts Festival was more than just a quaint little experiment. A lineup featuring Trey Anastasio, the Zack Brown Band, The Roots and Ben Harper drew more than 100,000 people over the three day weekend, and they are coming back for round two:
The Hangout Music Festival is thrilled to announce its 2011 lineup featuring Paul Simon, Foo Fighters, Widespread Panic, The Black Keys, My Morning Jacket, Flaming Lips, Cee Lo Green, Primus, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Pretty Lights, Bassnectar, Girl Talk, Ween, Matisyahu and dozens more.
The headliners will be joined by Portugal. The Man, 2010 Voodoo Experience alums Minus the Bear as well as New Orleans’ own Galactic and Trombone Shorty (just to name a few). The first tier of three-day passes and VIP tickets are on sale now.