Festivalist’12: Hangout Music Festival – The Preview

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One week to go until the 3rd annual Hangout Music Festival. Are you ready? Based on the great line-up last year and promises of overall improvement from organizers, expectations are high. Festival grounds are more expansive this year with the XBox Stage moving north and Beach Blvd. being part of the official site. More room should help alleviate last year’s overcrowding issues, especially since the 35,000 capacity limit hasn’t increased. Based on initial looks at the map, the much needed extra water stations and restrooms should help as well. Shuttles sound much improved with better service, more stops and possible artist appearances on buses. Personally, my group is about a mile closer to the festival, so I’m hoping for more flexibility if I feel the need to rest (yeah, right) and a nice walk home at the end of the night.

Now that the schedule has been released, festival maps have been scoured and checklists have been made, whats the game plan? Below is my plan of attack with not as many conflicts as I initially thought:

Fri
It would be nice if we arrived in time for Sleeper Agent, but Alabama Shakes will likely be the kickoff to the weekend.
12:15 – Sleeper Agent
1:15 – -Rebelution
2:15 – Alabama Shakes – Um, yes. In fact, I might even suggest skipping Rebelution for the Shakes
3:15 – Yelawolf – Trunk Muzik from Catfish Billy
4:30 – M. Ward vs. Dawes – a tough one, but I lean towards Dawes
5:45 – Chris Cornell vs. Paul Oakenfold – Since I doubt I’ll be in the tent much this weekend, I choose the EDM of Paul instead of reliving “Black Hole Sun” glory
7:00 – Wilco vs. Umphrey’s – Last time I saw Wilco, they were a bit sleepy. However that was 10 minutes after I watch Rage Against the Machine. A good friend loves Umphrey’s live and I tend to trust his judgement.
8:30 – Jack White – Yeaaahhhhhhhhhh, I like this fella and Blunderbuss exceeded my expectations.

Sat
11:30 – Givers vs. Archnemisis – A tough call. I’ve been listening to People’s Radio a lot lately, but I’d also like to give Givers another shot
No one is a must from 12:30 – 2:15, so we could get lunch or go for a dip in the ocean!
12:15 – Devil Makes Three
1:15 – Julian Marley
2:15 – Heartless Bastards
3:15 – Gary Clark Jr. – “Bright lights big city goin thru my head…” hell.yes.
4:15 – Dr. Dog vs. Gogol Bordello- Don’t really have a preference here. I’ve heard rave reviews of Gogol Bordello’s live show, even if I don’t love their album material.
5:15 – Dispatch vs. Kaskade – Toss up. Maybe start with Dispatch and maybe catch some Kaskade dance party?
7:00 – Flogging Molly – yup.
9:00 – RHCP – double yup.

Sun
11:45 – Lumineers – A crappy time slot, but I’m a fan.
12:30 – Delta Spriit – Yes.
1:45 – Young the Giant – Missed them at Music Midtown last year and their ATL stop this year. I’m due.
2:45 – Michael Franti – The only artist thats been at Hangout all three years. This will be the year I see him.
3:45 – Steve Winwood vs. Cage – no preference
5:00 – Ed Sharpe vs. Skrillex – Ed Sharpe, maybe end of Skrillex?
6:30 – G. Love
8:00 – DMB

Be on the lookout at Atlanta Music Guide’s page and Twitter as I’ll be covering the festival all weekend.

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