[PICS] Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, AL

Hangout was back in May, so this post is like 2,000 years old in blog years.  It’s so late that it’s almost not late anymore, just strangely out of time.  Whatever, I like some of these pictures quite a bit.  I previously wrote about this years Hangout Music Festival for Consequence of Sound, and you can read that here (I wrote the intro, plus capsule reviews of Widespread Panic, Primus, The Flaming Lips, Justin Townes Earle, and Paul Simon).

Check out the rest of the pictures after the jump.  Kyndall took about 60% of them, which is pretty much the case anytime she goes to a show with me.

Umphrey’s McGee

Minus the Bear

The Avett Brothers

The Flaming Lips


Portugal. The Man

Drive-By Truckers


The Black Keys


I love this festival.  I’ve never had so few conflicts at a music festival before because they really organize this thing with a good eye as to what kind of crowd is going to show up for each band. When multiple stages were going at once, it tended to be indie band vs. jam band vs. womp womp band. Unless you’re the rare fan that moves freely between all three of those styles, decisions were easy.

The beach setting still can’t be beat, and this year’s sellout crowd even made it cooler. I read somewhere that Gulf Shores’ rental capacity is roughly the same as the festival’s capacity (35,000). The festival atmosphere extended past the official festival grounds as a result. It’s also pretty amazing to be able to swim in the ocean before heading into the festival each morning.

There have been some reports of an intrusive police presence this year, but I honestly didn’t see it. You were probably fine if you kept in mind that you’re in a beach town, not a field or a mountain in the middle of nowhere.

Overall, I highly recommend Hangout. There were a couple of issues I mentioned in my CoS review, but those should be easy fixes for next year. I’m sure the lineup will be even bigger after this year’s sellout, too. Unless some jerk friend decides to get married in May, I’ll probably be there.

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