The Hangout Beach, Music & Arts Festival

By Brian Kelly for the Pensacola News Journal

So you've carved a sizable gap in your college fund, and opted for the $500 weekend pass at The Hangout Beach, Music & Arts Festival in Gulf Shores, Ala. Sweet. First question on your mind at this point, May 7 is: Will it be happening with the oil slick heading this way? As of May 3, organizers tell Pelican and the Pensacola News Journal that three-day music festival will go on as scheduled. There have been no artist cancellations, except for The Flaming Lips because of health reasons. Also, to keep up with what's happening for daily, visit

A list of food vendors includes: Asian Sensation, Crescent Foods, Fresh Burrito, Grateful Belly Cafe, Pleasure Island Smoothies, Southern Most Falafel and The Hangout will be serving in the restaurant.

Getting to The Hangout Beach, Music & Arts Festival: Parking will be available along Highway 59, Gulf Shores Parkway, West Beach in Gulf Shores, and along Highway 182, also known as "the beach highway." But similar to all festivals, expect to shell out $10 to $20 per vehicle, and expect to hoof it for a while. It's best to park at one of the shuttle stops.

A few of the acts include Zac Brown Band, John Legend, The Black Crowes, Gov’t Mule, and Alison Krauss & Union Station featuring Jerry Douglas.
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