What You Need To Know About
The Hangout Music Festival, known as Hangout Fest, is an annual three day music festival that takes place on the beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama. My husband, Blake, and I attended Hangout Fest 2017 for the first time. It is impressive! Whether you are considering going next year or have already booked a room with your friends, here is everything that you need to know about Hangout Fest.
What Is Hangout Fest?
Hangout Fest began in 2010 when two guys had the idea to create a music festival on the beach. It was the first of its kind, incorporating both a music festival and vacation. Hangout Fest has continued every year since and only drawn more and more people to the area, generating millions of dollars for Gulf Shores’ economy.
The festival is centered around The Hangout restaurant in Gulf Shores, where guests are encouraged to come and relax while eating great food and listening to live music with their friends.
2017 Lineup Highlights:
Mumford & Sons, Twenty One Pilots, Phoenix, Chance The Rapper, Marshmellow, Migos, Band of Horses, A$AP Ferg, Lukas Graham, Lil Yachty, Franz Ferdinand, Shaun Frank, Cherub, Young The Giant, DJ Jazzy Jeff, Major Lazer, DJ Snake, MGMT, Charli XCX, Phantoms
The Weeknd, Fetty Wap, Ellie Goulding, Foo Fighters, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dave Matthews Band, The Killers, Stevie Wonder, OutKast, Florence and the Machine, The Avett Brothers, Widespread Panic, Bassnectar, Paramore, The Flaming Lips, Moon Taxi
There are several ticket options available for Hangout Fest. The list price includes all fees.
General Admission $309
Receive a wristband for admission all three days of the festival.
You also gain admission to the Thursday Kick Off plus access to the stage side pool, VIP Grove area, drinks and food, nice bathrooms, VIP Entrance, and surprises.
Super VIP $1599
The Super VIP Package comes with all of the VIP amenities, as well as hot tubs with main stage viewing, golf cart shuttles, gourmet food, and air-conditioned dining rooms.
The Big Kahuna
Go all out at Hangout Fest with The Big Kahuna tickets! You will receive access to the Big Kahuna Cabana (above the main stage Super VIP viewing area) with a private bar and hor d’oeuvres, stage access for most performances, headliner transportation to and from the festival, access to the backstage artist beach dining area, 24/7 concierge service, Thursday Kick Off tickets, free amusement park rides, access to all hospitality and VIP areas, private air-conditioned rooms (bathrooms, lounge, dining room), a reception at the Gulf in OBA on Thursday, and golf cart service.
Rent a private luxury suite and have an elevated, unobstructed view of the main stage, all inclusive private bar, chef-prepared dishes all day long, concierge service, private air-conditioned restrooms, upscale shaded seating, VIP entrance, and access to VIP amenities, main stage viewing areas, swimming pools, and hot tubs.
Guests 17 years of age and younger must be accompanied by an adult. Children 5 and under are free. Due to safety concerns, only two children are allowed into the festival per ticket holding adult. The Festival will continue rain or shine and is ADA accessible.
Hangout Fest has a zero tolerance policy for illegal activities. You must be 21 to consume alcohol and drug use is prohibited.
Lodging And Transportation
There are not many hotels in the Gulf Shores area, but there are a plethora of condos and beach houses. Condo rentals are linked to the Hangout website.
Hotel rooms and condos in Gulf Shores will sell out. I recommend looking into the neighboring areas of Orange Beach, Perdido Key, and Foley. These three towns are only a short drive away from Gulf Shores.
There is no parking on Hangout Fest property. Business and houses surrounding the festival grounds will let you park at their building for a fee. Prices start at $10 and go *way* up.
Uber is available in Gulf Shores and Hangout Fest has several prepaid shuttle services, should you opt not to drive.
My Experience At Hangout Fest
Blake and I loved Hangout Fest! We were blown away by how nice the festival was; everything was very well though out. After eight years, the festival runs like a well-oiled machine. We were impressed by the quality and variety of food offered (Brazilian, Jamaican, Mexican, Caribbean, American), cleanliness of the bathrooms, the number of activities set up on the festival grounds, and how seriously the Hangout Fest staff took searching guests when they entered the festival. Plus, you get to spend three days on the beautiful beach of Gulf Shores, Alabama. We will definitely be back to Hangout Fest!
Go ahead and mark your calendars for Hangout Fest 2018, taking place May 18th-20th. Sign up for updates on the Hangout Festival website so that you will be the first to know when tickets go on sale; they will sell out! Whether you choose to come to Hangout Fest with a group of friends or experience it solo, you are sure to have a great time.
Hangout Fest Photos
All Photos Courtesy of Hangout Music Festival
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Taylor Pittman Hardy wrote this article.
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We received media passes to cover Hangout Fest 2017.
All reviews and unbiased and completely my own.