Hangout 2013

Yes, music festivals may have reached a saturation point, but they’re still one of the industry’s top earners, and at their best, they offer fans not just an opportunity to experience live music, but for an oft-diffuse community to congregate annually, with music offering an impetus, a soundtrack, and a distraction. Now entering its fourth year, the Hangout Festival, held on the beach in Gulf Shores, Alabama, features a bill made up mostly of jam bands, and more generally, American roots music. The 2013 lineup has a few Stereogum regulars — notably Kendrick, the Shins, Passion Pit, the Breeders (?!), Jim James, and the Roots — plus headliner Tom Petty And The Heartbreakers, who I wouldn’t personally pay to see but probably put on an unbelievable live show that just embarrasses everything that preceded it. The oddest man out here is Bloc Party, I think, and it’s just weird to imagine them singing tense, taut, hard-edged and -angled shit such as “Like Eating Glass” (“It’s so cold in this house”) to some 35,000 sun-baked kids chilling on the beach, waiting to see Gov’t Mule, but hey, they do have the word “Party” in their name. Check out the full lineup below.

Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers
Kings of Leon
Trey Anastasio Band
The Shins
Kendrick Lamar
The Black Crowes
Slightly Stoopid
The Roots
Steve Aoki
Passion Pit
Ellie Goulding
Bloc Party
Gov’t Mule
Jim James
Porter Robinson
Public Enemy
Dirty Projectors
Toots and the Maytals
The Breeders
Best Coast
Jason Isbell & 400 Unit
Twin Sister
Ryan Bingham
The Sheepdogs
Shovels & Rope
Moon Taxi
The Revivalists
Zion I
Lance Herbstrong
Anders Osborne
Twenty One Pilots
Delta Rae
Nikki Bluhm and the Gramblers
The Bright Light Social Hour
The Werks
The Tontons
Brassft Punk
Kingston Springs
The Mowgli’s
Chancellor Warhol
Luella and the Sun
The Weeks
Space Capone
Wild Cub
Colin Lake


Hangout 2013 goes down 5/17 – 5/19 in Gulf Shores, AL. Go here for more info.

Comments (2)
  1. Michael_  |   Posted on Feb 13th, 2013 -1

    I don’t know, I would have to disagree with Bloc Party being the odd man out. Their latest album cops a few Deftones riffs, but overall, their foundation is synthetic. There are many festivals like this one that try to appease to two major demos in indie music fans and jam band aficionados, but what’s a bit genius about that is those two demos is that both have a big interest in weed. This is where electro-pop musicians on this lineup like Passion Pit, Twin Sister and Ellie Goulding win out during festival season, because the indie kids obviously are drawn to them anyway and the stoner hippies in attendance are on something that draws them to beat-centric dance music that elevates their high. So, the headliner for this thing really is your dealer.

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