Hangout Fest is here!

Hangout, here we come!
Hangout, here we come!

TODAY is the first day of the BEST weekend ever: Hangout Fest. So, here I am in Orange Beach, ready to get this party started!

This is my third year at Hangout, and every year, there’s so many things I look forward to: sipping vodka tonics in the white sand, consuming endless amounts of fried food, wearing my swimsuit and body glitter for three whole days, and of course, an eclectic lineup of live music, right on the shore.

In years prior, I’ve gotten to see Outkast, Jack Johnson, Major Lazor, Skrillex, Zac Brown Band, Paramore, Dawes, The Black Keys, The Killers, Wiz Khalifa, Childish Gambino, Foo Fighters, Umphrey’s McGee, Jack U, Beck, and Tove Lo, among many others. This year, here’s who I’m looking forward to seeing:

Walk the Moon – This is not a band I would seek to see otherwise, but they’re from Cincinnati and I wouldn’t mind dancing on the beach to some “Shut Up and Dance” after a day of boozing.

Alabama Shakes – Now, this is surely going to rock the freaking beach! I love seeing bands like this live, because they are likely to go off course & put on a great show.

The Chainsmokers – Unfortunately, The Chainsmokers are scheduled to perform at the same time as The Weeknd, and I’ve made my choice. I was really looking forward to seeing a few of their songs live, and I’m still holding out hope that perhaps the schedule will change. They are most known for the “Selfie Song”, but have recently put out a few goodies, including “Roses” and “Don’t Let Me Down”.

The Weeknd – I’m not a huge fan here, but this is probably the person I’m most looking forward to seeing. There’s a lot of mystery behind this guy, and I want to see what he brings to the stage. Will it be chill, or will he melt faces? I’m hoping for the latter, and I’m excited to get my groove on with this show.

Panic At The Disco – So, it’s totally going to feel like 2005 again and I’m really looking forward to it. I have no clue if they’ve put out any new music since then, but I’m hoping to hear this song:

Calvin Harris – I’m not huge on Calvin Harris, but this is where Hangout Fest turns to magic. Every year, there’s an artist that I’m kind of “meh” on, and then they do a bang out job. And I’m giving Calvin Harris that chance; even if he is with Taylor Swift.

Fetty Wap – WHO doesn’t want to see Fetty Wap?! This is going to be a fun little midday show!

Lenny Kravitz – Hells yes, y’all. I cannot wait to see this man on stage. This is kind of embarrassing to admit, but “It Ain’t Over ‘Till It’s Over” was popular when I was a kid and I’ve always loved that song. I know he’s had a ton of hit songs since then, but I would d-i-e if he played it.

Ellie Goulding – I’m not only excited to dance and sing along to this girl’s songs, but I’m equally as excited to see what she’ll be wearing for the show.

Florence & The Machine – I am certain this lady is going to rock the house; she’s closing out the entire weekend, so I think this will be a good time. I’ve always heard awesome things about her live shows,  so I’m really looking forward to it!

And that’s my weekend, in a nutshell. Feel free to live vicariously through me on SnapChat @OrangeJulius7 – otherwise, I’ll see you right back here on Monday!

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