What: Hang Out Music Fest
When: May 14th-16th
Where: Gulf Shores, AL
Headliners: Zac Brown Band, John Legend, Alison Krauss and the Union Station, The Black Crowes
Line-Up Highlights: Gov’t Mule, Michael Franti and Spearhead, Rodrigo y Gabriela, Girl Talk, Guster, The Whigs, Black Joe Lewis and the Honey Bears, A.A. Bondy
Tickets: 3 day passes $171 (including fees), VIP starts at $500
Accommodations: Nothing listed yet, but looks like hotels. If anyone knows of camping, speak up (supposedly, there is a state park 2 miles away).
So I guess this pales in comparison to Tuesday’s big line-up announcement at Bonnaroo, but still very interesting (and only 6 hours from Atlanta, GA). The inaugural Hang Out Music Fest will be going down this May “on the beach” in Gulf Shores, AL. Only 4 stages, but Hang Out is supposedly offering 60 bands over the weekend (initial only lists 26 so far). The early line-up doesn’t feature many of the blog bands I’m interested in, but it has popular names aplenty. Zac Brown is one of the few country acts that I truly want to see, John Legend is on my limited R&B performers list and The Black Crowes could be nostalgic fun. The real draws would be the south of the border dueling guitarists, Rodrigo y Gabriela, GA-based band The Whigs and some guy named Girl Talk. You might have heard me mention him before. Jam band Gov’t Mule and Michael Franti and Spearhead could also be worth seeing. Now if we could just get some hip-hop…
So basically, I’m deciding between Hang Out and Bonnaroo this year. Beach vs Farm. Bonnaroo is closer to Atlanta, has more acts, but also costs more and will take 1 more vacation day. Accommodations haven’t been announced for Hang Out yet, but I can bet its cleaner than a tent in a field(if you care about that sort of thing).
To Be Continued…but feel free to discuss below.