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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.

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Hangout Festival: day by day wrap-up and pics

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Below is a summary of what we saw each day accompanied by pictures.  As you read this, keep in mind that I didn’t pay for tickets.  I’m not a masochist or unrelentingly negative in general, I just like other types of music that weren’t represented here.

For a more general wrap-up of the festival and more pictures, you can read my earlier post here.  The full lineup can also be found here.

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Live Review: The Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores, AL

[EDIT (2/7/2011)] – This post has been getting a lot more attention since the 2011 lineup was announced, so I thought I’d qualify some of the comments found below for the benefit of new readers.  The organizers seemingly saw room for improvement in the same areas I did, and this year they have added an additional fifth stage and booked a much more well-rounded lineup.  If you found this post because you’re on the fence about going this year, I strongly encourage you to go for it.  It sounds like they have made some key improvements to what was already a really fun festival.  My reaction to the initial lineup can be found here.

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This past weekend, springwardrobe and I went to the inaugural Hangout Festival in Gulf Shores, AL. The lineup wouldn’t have ordinarily inspired us to drop $160 for weekend passes, but we got the tickets for free and couldn’t pass up the chance to see a three days of music on the beach. General thoughts and pictures below, with a day by day wrap-up to follow tomorrow.

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