Paul Simon, Widepread Panic and 35 other bands have committed to playing The Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama, on May 20-22 this year, according to the press release announcing the event. Tickets go on sale Wednesday, February 2 at 9 a.m. CST. at HangOutMusicFest.com through Front Gate Tickets. They will also be available at The Hangout Restaurant in Gulf Shores.
The Hangout Festival had its inaugural run last May, just one month after the BP oil disaster began in the Gulf of Mexico, changing the focus of the event from just another beach party with music into a charitable event for the restoration of the Gulf.
This year the economic impact of the festival is seen as critical for the revival of the economy along the coast. The Hangout Music Festival is the first and only concert planned for this summer and it will need to be successful for the sake of this economically-battered community.
“In spite of everything that’s happened over the last nine months this is definitely something that will be good for the area,” organizer Jimmy Aicone said.
Once tickets at the $159 price level are sold out, tickets will then go on sale for $174. VIP ticket packages and travel packages start at $525 and are also available online or by phone at 1-888-512-SHOW.
This year, the festival is adding a fifth music stage under an air-conditioned tent and creating Hammock Beach, a replenishing salt-water lagoon where music fans will find shade, hammocks, and art installations. Another feature of Hammock Beach will be the Sky-bar tower, a structure built specifically for Hangout offering 360-degree views of the festival.
For fans interested in taking their festival experience to the next level, VIP ticket holders are invited to take a dip in Hangout’s new resort style in-ground pool with views of the main stage (deck side bar service is included). Other new attractions include an extended kids’ area, family events, late night deejays, and shuttle service between stages.
Committed acts include:
The Black Keys
My Morning Jacket
Cee Lo Green
Michael Franti & Spearhead
Warren Haynes Band
Old Crow Medicine Show
G. Love & Special Sauce
Medeski, Martin & Wood
Minus the Bear
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue
Portugal. the Man
Jonathan Tyler & Northern Lights
Easy Star All-Stars
Mariachi El Bronx
Truth & Salvage Co
A Thousand Horses
Check out some of our coverage from the first Hangout Fest last year.
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