Hang Loose at Hangout Music Fest 2014
10 ways to make the most of the Gulf Coast’s hottest music festival
By Amy Delcambre
There are few ways to improve the pristine white sand beaches of Gulf Shores and Orange Beach, Alabama, but apparently, adding a music festival is one of them. Though Hangout Fest has quintessential music-fest building blocks: great bands, the wristband (what’s a music fest without a wristband?) and a huge and energetic crowd, it’s anything but cliché.
For one, Hangout Fest is one of the biggest music festivals to take place on a beach. Given that all 40,000 tickets for the three-day event sell out, this setting was clearly a very good idea. Two, Hangout Music Fest doesn’t overcrowd, so while 40,000 beach and sun-loving souls sounds like a lot, it’s really not.
Imagine you’re kicking it on the beach watching the waves roll in, listening to live music when the lead singer you came to hear sprints by and dives into the waves. That happens at Hangout Music Fest. Have you ever watched a concert from a Ferris wheel? You can at the Hangout Fest.
Hangout Fest combines all of the awesome things about music festivals while keeping it intimate. Thinking of going? (You should.) Here are 10 must-haves for the ultimate Hangout Music Fest experience.
1. Dress like a minimalist. Temperatures are in the 70s & 80s, so don swimwear that will leave the least-awkward tan lines and a pair of cutoffs and call it a wardrobe. If bathing suits aren’t your thing, make sure that whatever you wear is light and versatile.
2. Bring a towel or a sheet to land on (unless you’re okay with a sandy tush) because the hammocks fill up fast, and there are no guarantees.
3. Don’t forget your ID for obvious reasons.
4. Hat and sunblock are must-haves. Getting blistered on day one will put a damper on the fun. Wear a hat that goes with both day and nighttime styles and don’t worry about that hair.
5. Take awesome photos with your smartphone (professional cameras are forbidden, but then again, who wants to waste their festival experience coddling a camera like it’s a newborn anyway, right?). With a smartphone, you can also text your friends and say cool things like, “I’m at the water station filling up my CamelBak, where are you?” You can update your Facebook with selfies, making people at home wish they were there (so they could post their own selfies, obviously).
6. Money (cash or card) guarantees access to those pesky life essentials, food and drink.
7. Wet naps and hand sanitizer earn MVP status. Fashion one of these bad boys around your neck on a lanyard and you will be the most popular festivalgoer on the beach.
8. A small bag (no bigger than 20’ x 15’ x 13’) for safe, easy storage of all of the aforementioned things will be your best friend (so take a selfie with it!).
9. Don’t forget to arrange your shuttle pass; it’s your ticket to safely go back and forth between your car or condo and the festival. Your beleaguered feet will thank you at the end of the day for guarding it with your life.
10. Download the Hangout Music Fest mobile app to know what’s going on when (you don’t want to be that person without a clue).
Hangout Fest App
The Hangout Fest app is your one-stop-shop for all things Hangout Fest. Use this app to find out when your favorite acts are playing, create your personal schedule for the weekend, and discover new acts before you set foot on the shores. (The 2014 schedule and updates are coming soon.)
And, because we like you, here’s a bonus tip: Party with dignity. MTV will be there, and you don’t want to look like a hot mess on TV (your classier, future self might want to run for politics one day). So, hang loose, enjoy the ride and have an epic Hangout Music Fest experience. See you there.
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