Hangout Festival 2011 Lineup

I went to the inaugural Hangout Festival last year after winning tickets, and it was pretty much the perfect festival setting.  I’m fairly sure there’s not another major festival where the two main stages are actually on the beach.  Gulf Shores hasn’t gotten oppressively hot yet in May, either, and the hotels and rental properties are still on their spring rates.  Overall, it was just a really relaxing weekend, with plenty of space on the beach between the two main stages to throw down a towel and take it all in.  The only problem was the lineup, which skewed a little too jam band (Trey Anastasio, Gov’t Mule) and mom-rock (John Legend, Zac Brown Band) for my tastes.  It was free, though, so no complaints, especially since the atmosphere was so great.

This year they’ve clearly made a push at becoming a major national festival.  The jam bands are still making a strong showing (Widespread Panic is a headliner), but this is a far more indie-friendly lineup than last year.  The Black Keys, My Morning Jacket, The Flaming Lips, Girl Talk, Ween, and Drive By Truckers are all bands that have crossover appeal between the two camps, as do some of the smaller names like Minus the Bear and Portugal. The ManPaul Simon might not be the sexiest headliner ever, but he’s got some legendary material in the back catalogue (plus, he’s the type of act Bonnaroo or Coachella would conceivably go after).  Locally, you’ve got Cee Lo Green and Dead Confederate representing Georgia.

I really cannot stress enough how much fun this was last year.  With a lineup that’s more tailored to my tastes, it’s going to be even better.  Full lineup after the jump.

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 + Warren Haynes Band + Umphrey’s McGee + Slightly Stoopid + Drive-By Truckers + Amos Lee + Old Crow Medicine Show + G. Love & Special Sauce + Medeski, Martin & Wood + Keller Williams + Galactic + Xavier Rudd + Minus the Bear + Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue + Portugal. the Man + Beats Antique + Dead Confederate + Jonathan Tyler & Northern Lights + Easy Star All-Stars + Mariachi El Bronx + Truth & Salvage Co + Kristy Lee + Civil Twilight + Rich Aucoin + A Thousand Horses + Jon Black + Cas Haley + Roman Street

[Update 3/15/11] Another round of artists has been announced:  The Avett Brothers, STS9, Grace Potter and the Nocturnals, Brandi Carlile, JJ Grey and Mofro, Karl Denson’s Tiny Universe, Big Gigantic, Soja, Railroad Earth, Greensky Bluegrass, Rival Sons, Honey Island Swamp Band.

  1. How did you win tickets? Sign me up

    • Ticket Alternative/Atlanta Music Blog had a giveaway last year. It was a nice surprise.

    • Sean
    • February 15th, 2011

    How long does it run, by that i mean when do they kick you out every night? do the bands get long sets or did they last year? Three of my fav bands (Lips, MMJ, Foos) are playing at this, so thats a huge draw, but if they (especially MMJ) only get a 1-2 hour slot I will be disappointed, because they will probably have double that playing time at Bonnaroo. Also do they put a limit on how much alcohol you can buy? I don’t wanna black out or anything, but i’ve been to other festivals where they give you a wrist band with like 5 tabs on it, and every time you get a beer they take a tab and then no more for you and in my opinion 5 beers for a day long festival is kinda ridiculous. Thanks for any feedback you can give me =)

  2. There’s surprising little info on all of this on the internet, so I guess it’s good to put it out there.

    There were no formal guidelines or limits on alcohol. I think you had to get a wristband (like you do at most any public, outdoor event), but there was no limit on how many times you could use it. Re-entry was also allowed, and there was never a line, if you want to duck out and hit one of the restaurant/bars in the area for a quick drink.

    Headliners played from 8:45 til 11:00 every night, and they played unopposed. I believe everyone was expected to leave the beach after 11, but I didn’t linger around, so I can’t say for certain. There were late night performances in the Hangout (the restaurant on the beach the festival is centered around), but they were separately ticketed. I didn’t go to any of those, so I can’t say how late they went.

    Sub-headliners (which seem to be MMJ, Black Keys, and Flaming Lips this year) either played from 7:00 or 7:15 til 8:45, right when the headliners started. That might not be as long as MMJ or the Lips would get at Bonnaroo, but it’s worth noting that there were very few conflicting set times last year. You might not get 2-3 hour sets, but you have a chance to see all the big names. Also, all of the bands on the two main stages had at least 1:30 to play.

    It seems like they’ve changed things up for this year, though. Widespread Panic has already said their set time is 8:00, which suggests they’re getting a full 3 hours. I would imagine Paul Simon and Foo Fighters would get the same treatment. The rumors also point to more official late night performances. One rumor has Galactic going on after 11:00, and Bassnectar has mentioned two sets, one early and one late. Girl Talk and Pretty Lights are rumored to be doing the same, too, but that could just be random guessing based on the type of acts they are.

    Hope that helps. Nothing is set in stone yet, though. I’ve been sounding like a broken record lately, but I highly recommend this festival. It’s well run, and the setting is unbeatable.

    • Sean
    • February 16th, 2011

    Thanks a lot man, that is probably the most info I have been able to find so far on Hangout, and it was all very helpful. Hangout is definitely in the lead for my big summer festival right now

  1. February 7th, 2011

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