By Kelly Baughman
The salty air on the beaches of Gulf Shores will fill with the sounds of some of the biggest names in music May 16-19 for the 10th Annual Hangout Music Fest. Founded by Hangout restaurant owner Shaul Zislin in 2010, this one of a kind music festival is set to the backdrop of the beautiful Gulf of Mexico and attracts more than 40,000 concert go-ers each day, giving music lovers a reason to party and the local economy a big boost to kick off tourist season.
With production giant Goldenvoice, best known for their involvement with the world renowned Coachella Music Festival signing on for the 2019 Hangout Festival, this year is expected to be bigger and better than ever with a lineup that’s a millennial’s dream.
This year, festival organizers focus on acts from every genre from rock, to pop, to rap, and more. But music isn’t the only thing ticket holders will enjoy at the 2019 Hangout Music Festival. This full, interactive beach getaway experience includes Beach Volleyball, Malibu Beach House, Roller Disco, Camp Hangout, Monster Energy Beach Club, Yoga, Tropical Spa, Puppy Kissing Booth, The Psychedelic Bus, delicious local cuisine, specialty drinks, and much more.
And for those who fall in love at first sight or those who’ve been thinking of taking the plunge for years, you can take a trip down the aisle and make it official at the Festival’s on site wedding chapel! (Divorce lawyer not included in the price of ‘I Do’.)
So what makes the Hangout Festival one of the best music gatherings in the country? Set in Alabama’s coastal hidden gem, there’s plenty of options for affordable beach lodging. Not only are you getting to see the shows, you’re getting a beach vacay too! There’s also plenty of other fun activities to take part in along the Gulf Coast while you’re here like parasailing, dolphin cruising, deep sea fishing, jet skiing, or just soaking up the sun. The May weather in Gulf Shores is on average around 75 degrees with ocean breezes that make for perfect beach days, unlike the sweltering summer festivals like Bonarroo and Lollapalooza.
With huge crowds surging in like the tides for the weekend festival, why would the locals want to keep welcoming such chaos into their town? Well, according to a study by Keivan Deravi, professor of economics at the University of Auburn at Montgomery, the festival provides 581 local jobs and creates $1.8 million dollars in local and state tax revenue. Deravi calculates that since its birth, the Hangout Festival has had a $290 million dollar impact on the local economy.
Already have tickets? Here’s what awaits you on the sugary white sands where Hwy 59 meets the water.
Kick off the weekend early with the Thursday night pre-festival Kickoff Party featuring 8 bands on 3 stages. Thursday acts include Big Gigantic, A Boogie Wit Da Hoodie, Camelphat, SNBRN, and more. Tickets for the pre-festival Kickoff Party are $55 and are on sale now. Super VIP and Big Kahuna ticket holders get in FREE to the Kick-off Party. Gates open at 6 pm on Thursday, May 16th for the Kick-off Party.
Friday, the anticipation is over as the festival kicks off with bands like Diplo, Flora Cash, Judah & The Lion, Vampire Weekend, and Travis Scott to name a few.
The jams keep on coming on Saturday, May 18th with Lovely the Band, Alison Wonderland, Jimmy Eat World, Kygo, Walk the Moon, and Khalid and more.
Sunday, the festival wraps up with Bebe Rexha, Hozier, Cardi B, The Lumineers, and local favorites The Red Clay Strays among many others.
General Admission tickets will give patrons access to all three days of music for $319. A Hangout VIP pass provides perks such as early access to the site through no wait entry lines, shaded groves to kick back, enjoy a snack and maybe even catch a nap between sets. Enjoy FREE alcoholic (and non-alcoholic) beverages as you lounge at our VIP only pools with direct views of main stage. Now that’s a way to see a concert! VIP tickets are $1099 per person.
If regular VIP perks just aren’t enough, then shell out the cash to upgrade to a 3 day Super VIP Pass. This is the all-inclusive side of VIP. From the moment you step on site, festival staff has got you covered. With a Super VIP pass, you get all the VIP amenities PLUS a concierge to take care of anything else you might require while at Hangout. Want your condo stocked with groceries before you arrive? Forgot your socks? How about finding a ride to the airport? Ask and you shall receive.
You will indulge in culinary delights from the region’s most renowned chefs in a private air-conditioned dining room. Enjoy private main stage Super VIP viewing areas, a Hangout Festival Welcome Package, and a private dedicated golf cart concierge service. Tickets for the Super VIP treatment are available for $1699 per person.
Still not VIP enough for you? Then the Big Kahuna Package is for you. Including all of the amenities provided by the VIP and Super VIP Tickets, the Big Kahuna Ticket will elevate your festival experience to the highest level. By providing you with unprecedented access you will receive on stage viewing, backstage access, and personal concierge service and artist style transportation.
Additional perks will include access to the legendary artist compound at the Hangout, on stage access for most performances at main stage, complimentary access to all amusement rides on site, complimentary “Headliner” transportation back to your place after the show, 1 parking pass, and personalized concierge service where you will have your on-site representative’s cell phone number for any needs that may arise during your weekend at the Hangout.
After going Big Kahuna you will never want to experience a festival any other way! Please call the Hangout VIP Guest Services line at (888) 786-0270 to book a Big Kahuna ticket or with any questions you have. The phones will be open from 10am until 6pm, Monday – Friday.
For more festival lineup information or to purchase tickets, visit www.hangoutmusicfest.com or call (888) 512- SHOW.