Hangout Beach Music & Arts Fest Announces initial 2012 Lineup


With much speculation and countless message board guesses preceding it, today, via Facebook and its website, the Hangout Beach Music & Arts Festival announced the initial lineup for its third installment that will take place on the sandy white beaches of Gulf Shores, AL on May 18, 19 & 20.


Honest Tune is unclear as to when other acts will be announced but are clear on the fact that an additional headliner will be announced soon.


As we will be this year, over the past two years, Honest Tune has been at the Hangout in a major way and the event has historically set the bar high going into the summer festival season with lineups for both its freshman year — with Trey Anastasio, John Legend, Alison Krauss, Zac Brown, Gov’t Mule, The Roots, Franti — and sophomore year — with Paul Simon, Foo Fighters, Widespread Panic, Flaming Lips, My Morning Jacket, Pretty Lights — that were hard to top for those that followed.


In so doing, they have set the bar high for themselves, so the big question for fans was: “Could they outdo themselves yet again in their junior year?”


2012 Hangout Music Fest Lineup (full press release below)


The Hangout Music Fest, which was recently awarded “Best Festival of the Year” honors by leading concert industry outlet Pollstar, is proud to announce its highly anticipated 2012 lineup. Scheduled for May 18th, 19th and 20th on the beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama, the Fest will feature main stage headliners Dave Matthews Band, Jack White, and a soon-to-be-announced third act, along with dance tent headliner Skrillex. General Admission, VIP, Super VIP and Big Kahuna festival tickets are on sale beginning at 12 noon EST/11 am CST/10 am MST/9 am PST on Fri., Feb. 10 at Fans should act quickly, as demand is high for the event — the limited number of “Early Bird” passes sold out within three hours of going on sale in November, and 2011’s festival sold out well in advance.


The festival’s music performances will take place across four stages—featuring two main stages right on the beach and an air-conditioned dance tent. Confirmed artists also include String Cheese Incident, Wilco, The Flaming Lips Perform Dark Side of the Moon, Dispatch, Steve Winwood, Chris Cornell, STS9, Gogol Bordello, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Mac Miller, Flogging Molly, Coheed & Cambria, Paul Oakenfold, G. Love and Special Sauce, Randy Newman, Dr. Dog, Young the Giant, Cage the Elephant, Dawes, Alabama Shakes, M Ward, Yelawolf, Switchfoot, Julian Marley, Zeds Dead, Mavis Staples, Shpongle, Gary Clark Jr., Rebelution, Allen Stone, Big Freedia, The Devil Makes Three, Paper Diamond, Futurebirds, Hey Rosetta!, Sleeper Agent, The Lumineers, Archnemesis, Tribal Seeds, Rich Aucoin, Jamie Bergeron and more to be announced (line-up available at


The 2012 Hangout Fest will offer even more room for amenities and the comfort of fans, with capacity capped at last year’s limit of 35,000 attendees per day, but with a considerable amount of new space added to the festival grounds. Hangout takes great effort in making sure that every concertgoer receives star treatment, and that VIPs are treated like royalty.  All fans will enjoy a plethora of amenities including: Hammock Beach, a shaded area with art installations; the Sky-bar tower, offering 360-degree views of the festival; amusement rides; water stations with free refills for all guests; plus live comedy performances and a family-friendly kids’ stage at The Hangout club.


VIP pass-holders will reap such rewards as easy access to the site through special VIP entrances; prime viewing areas, including an in-ground pool with views of the main stage; a shaded VIP Grove with complimentary drinks and food as well as private restrooms; and more. Super VIPs will also receive 24/7 concierge services; access to a private, air-conditioned dining room and lounge featuring exclusive meals prepared by renowned chefs; admittance to the Pre-Fest party; golf cart chauffeur service; priority on-site lodging reservation privileges; and more.  Additionally, “Big Kahuna” pass-holders will enjoy all of the above, as well on-stage access for most performances at the main stage; access to the artist compound at the Hangout; “headliner” status post-show transportation; and much more. Visit for specific amenities included in each level.


Gulf Shores offers a wide range of lodging options, from luxury to budget to family-friendly, many within walking or biking distance of the site – packages are available at Travel package information is available at


The Fest has teamed up with ReverbNation for the “2012 Hang Loose Band Competition” to find one more band for the event. The winner will perform at the festival, and receive three-day passes to enjoy the whole experience. Competition submissions and rules can be found at


ABOUT THE HANGOUT MUSIC FEST: The inaugural Hangout Music Fest was launched on May 14-16, 2010, and featured performances from Trey Anastasio, The Zac Brown Band, John Legend, The Roots, Ben Harper and Relentless7, The Black Crowes, Alison Kraus and Union Station, and more.  Singer Grace Potter described 2010’s Fest as “Coachella on the beach.” The second Fest, which hosted a crowd of 35,000 concertgoers per day, took place on May 20–22, 2011, with performances from Foo Fighters, Paul Simon, The Flaming Lips, Widespread Panic, My Morning Jacket, Cee-Lo Green and The Black Keys, among many others. The 2011 event was estimated to have generated approximately $30 million for the Gulf Shores area economy, while Foo Fighters frontman Dave Grohl remarked that “This is the funnest festival I have ever been to in my entire life.”