Hangout fest has redeemed itself! Friday was an absolute blast. The staff was
super nice and really helpful and all the sets were awesome! It was a good day
There is just so much to write about!
I'll start with the over all venue; Hangout Festival is located on Gulf Shores
beach, they closed down an entire street for it! There's 6 stages and an
incredible lineup. Some of the best parts about the festival are the access to the
beach, the VIP pool area, and the carnival rides at night when they're all lit up.
We got to festival a little bit late, which is understandable considering that we
were abruptly awaken by a park ranger that morning… Our lack of promptness
made us miss HeROBUST's set but we were lucky enough to casually run into
him backstage afterward and even got a selfie with him (we have this thing
where every time we meet a musician we take a selfie with them)! Let me just
say that he is the chillest dude ever and was super friendly.
The biggest struggle we had that day was finding the media tent… We literally
ran around the whole festival asking every staff member we could find where it
was before we actually found it. (note to other festivals: Be sure that the staff
knows where the media tent is). Also, the Gulf Shore locals who were charging
$20 or more for parking in their yards, that is absurd! Luckily we found a free
spot to park!
RAC killed it. Which was expected. They opened with Lana del Rey's "Blue
Jeans" remix (which Madi freaked out about, it's her favorite song.)
Wiz Khalifa was a bit overwhelming, only because the crowd was nuts. It took us
almost 10 minutes to get from one side of the crowd to another. But then again,
it's Wiz Khalifa, and i'd expect nothing less. It was kind of crazy being in the pit
for it, we were standing next to photographers from MTV, Rolling Stone,
American Songwriter, and Getty Images…. then there was tiny little us. It was an
insanely humbling experience.
Childish Gambino was absolutely incredible! His energy never stopped and he
connected with the crowd unbelievably. I'd definitely recommend seeing him
perform. One of the best parts of his performances was his freestyle rap. We
were lucky enough to be able to watch his set from back stage. We also ran into
heRobust again and chilled with him for a minute.
One of the funniest moment of the first day at Hang Out was when some random
guy was called an asshole by thousands of people while the Queens of the
Stone Age were performing. The Band had just played a song about drugs when
the lead singer singled out some guy in the audience and said "we're singing
about drugs, not assholes!" the guy was apparently pushing some girl around
pretty violently. The guy got what he deserved though, the whole crowd started
chanting asshole at him AND he was shown on the mega screen getting
escorted out by security and policemen. That really sucks.
The VIP pool area was essential for viewing The Black Keys. The crowd was
gigantic. If you were in the middle of that crowd, there was no getting out. It
seriously stretched AT LEAST 800 yards down the beach. Of course it was a
hard decision to choose between seeing The Black Keys or STS9 so we went to
both! We watched the first half of the Black Keys and ended our festivities by
…and we camped legally this time, go us!
Peace and Love,
Madi and Kylie