In the next hour, when Hangout Music Festival announces it’s 2013 lineup, your friends will start buzzing about the bands they can’t wait to catch at this year’s shows. But as a Southern Living insider we wanted you to have the inside scoop. So when your friends start posting about their favorite headliner you can say you heard it here first. Consider it an early Valentine’s Day present.
Going three years strong, the beachfront concert has grown to be one of the biggest music festivals in the country with tickets selling out months ahead and bringing more than 35,000 people to Gulf Shores for three days in May. The lineup’s interesting mix of indie darlings, hipster hoppers (read: underground hip hop), and folksy rockers has us thinking this might be the next Coachella. But better because there’s a beach involved. And this year the organizers are partnering with MTV, VH1, CMT and Logo to broadcast shows on TV and online.
So who is hitting up the Gulf Shores for the three-day music festival this year? Let’s start with the headliners: Gainesville, Florida-bred Tom Petty & The Heartbreakers and Nashville-by-way-of-Oklahoma rockers Kings of Leon. Is it a coincidence both are Southern? Probably not.
Also on the roster:
Trey Anastasio Band, The Shins, BASSNECTAR, Kendrick Lamar, The Black Crowes, Slightly Stoopid, The Roots, Ellie Goulding, Steve Aoki, Passion Pit, Bloc Party, Gov’t Mule, Jim James Band, Porter Robinson, Public Enemy, moe., Galactic, Dirty Projectors, Grouplove, Toots and the Maytals, Lissie, 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 Ι One Ι Pilots, Delta Rae, Nicki Bluhm and the Gramblers, The Bright Light Social Hour, The Werks, The Ton Tons, Brassft Punk, Kingston Springs, The Mowgli’s, Chancellor Warhol, Luella and the Sun, The Weeks, Space Capone, Wild Cub, and Colin Lake.
Last year, by the end of February the festival was completely sold out, so this year we got you free tickets. To take home a pair of two general admission, three-day passes tell us what Southern band you are most excited to see at this year’s festival in the comments.
The contest begins today and ends March 1. Official rules here.