ReverbNation announces 2012 Hang Loose Band Competition, winner to perform at Hangout Music Fest

ReverbNation — the leading provider of marketing, promotion, and social media tools for over 1.9 million artists and music industry professionals — is proud to announce the “2012 Hang Loose Band Competition,” in conjunction with America’s premier beachfront music festival, The Hangout Music Fest. The “2012 Hang Loose Band Competition” will give up-and-coming acts the chance to do what many have only dreamed of: looking out over a sea of thousands of fans while rocking out on one of the most beautiful beaches in the country.  One lucky winner will perform a highly coveted performance slot as part of The Hangout Music Fest’s all-star line-up during the weekend of May 18-20.

Free submissions for artists hoping to perform at The Hangout Music Fest 2012 will begin on January 23 here. Ten ReverbNation artists will be selected by the Hangout Music Fest to have their song streamed on the Hangout website beginning March 1, 2012. Fans will then vote for the band they want to see at the festival. The winner, to be announced March 12, will perform at one of the country’s most spectacular music festivals, with the added bonus of three-day festival passes to enjoy the whole experience.

“Giving fans the best music experience of the year means turning them on to new groups they may not have heard of yet,” states Hangout Music Fest co-founder, Shaul Zislin.  “ReverbNation is the perfect platform to discover the next big thing, and we’re happy to offer our stage to whoever has what it takes.  May the best band win!”

“We are very excited to work with Hangout in providing our artists with such a great opportunity,” said Howard Han of ReverbNation’s Live group.  “Hangout deserves a lot of credit for putting Gulf Shores back on the map as a premier tourist destination after the tragic oil spill of 2010, and their goodwill now extends to the young, talented bands who work hard enough to deserve this kind of big break.  We can’t wait to hear the results!”

In past years, The Hangout Music Fest has hosted headliners including Paul Simon, Foo Fighters, Cee Lo Green, Trey Anastasio, John Legend, The Roots, The Flaming Lips, The Black Keys, and more.  Stay tuned to for news on this year’s line-up.