Five things not to miss at Hangout Music Festival this weekend, the chillest, sunniest festival in the South

In the past five years, Hangout Music Festival has done what so many festivals have failed to do by creating a party on the beach with amazing talent from around the globe in a sunny, beachside setting. The award-winning festival returns to Gulf Shores, Alabama from May 18 to 20 with three days of music, headlined by The Killers, Kendrick Lamar and The Chainsmokers.

Our pick for five things not to miss this weekend are below. Tickets and the full lineup are at hangoutmusicfest.com.

1. Oh Wonder

We love Oh Wonder, the London-based duo Anthony West and Josephine Vander Gucht, who make music that’s breezy and a treat to listen to. “Ultralife” is both Oh Wonder’s extraordinary second album and their debut proper, and the t lead single and title track sums up the band’s sometimes emotional, sometimes joyful sound.

Find a spot on the sand, grab a drink or two, and sit back (or stand up and dance) during Oh Wonder’s Friday set.

2. The Puppy Kissing Booth

We’re not 100% sure what’s in-store for the puppy kissing booth, listed alongside a ferris wheel, volleyball courts and on-site tattoos, but it is definitely worth visiting. Lines may be long but a kiss from a puppy is always worth a wait.

Greta Van Fleet at Shaky Knees. Photo by Ryan Rose.

3. Greta Van Fleet

If every member of Led Zeppelin had a kid, and they formed a new band, you have Greta Van Fleet. This band of brothers (plus drummer) has amazed many with their old school, rock and roll attitude. They formed in 2012, when the group were only early teens. After their sign to Lava Records in 2017, the band has since been hailed as Rock legends. Lead vocalist, John Kiszka, has been quote to have the same “husky howl” as Led Zeppelins Robert Plant.

4. Kendrick Lamar

I mean c’mon. The 11-time Grammy Award Winner also has a Pulitzer Prize now. He’s the best headlining act of this year’s festival circuit (Beyoncé doesn’t count here).

Ron Gallo at SXSW. Photo by Brian Benton

5. Ron Gallo

Ron Gallo is the type of musician that’s made for a show on the beach. His garage rock sound is fun, funky and doesn’t take itself too seriously. His 2017 album “Heavy Meta” captures his vibe perfectly. It’s fun for sure, but also gets a little heavy at times.

Ron Gallo plays a grungy guitar, but he also channels the jangly sound of classic 60s rock like Bob Dylan and takes notes from the tongue-in-cheek lyrics of The Beatles. One of his best songs is “Why Do You Have Kids?”, which showcases all of these things. Get there early for this one.

Brian Benton
Brian is the founder and editor of Respect Your Youngers. He currently lives in New York City, and previously lived in St. Louis and San Francisco. He enjoys public transportation and coffee, and can be found online at brianfbenton.com

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Five things not to miss at Hangout Music Festival this weekend, the chillest, sunniest festival in the South

In the past five years, Hangout Music Festival has done what so many festivals have failed to do by creating a party on the beach with amazing talent from around the globe in a sunny, beachside setting. The award-winning festival returns to Gulf Shores, Alabama from May 18 to 20 with three days of music, headlined by The Killers, Kendrick Lamar and The Chainsmokers.

Our pick for five things not to miss this weekend are below. Tickets and the full lineup are at hangoutmusicfest.com.

1. Oh Wonder

We love Oh Wonder, the London-based duo Anthony West and Josephine Vander Gucht, who make music that’s breezy and a treat to listen to. “Ultralife” is both Oh Wonder’s extraordinary second album and their debut proper, and the t lead single and title track sums up the band’s sometimes emotional, sometimes joyful sound.

Find a spot on the sand, grab a drink or two, and sit back (or stand up and dance) during Oh Wonder’s Friday set.

2. The Puppy Kissing Booth

We’re not 100% sure what’s in-store for the puppy kissing booth, listed alongside a ferris wheel, volleyball courts and on-site tattoos, but it is definitely worth visiting. Lines may be long but a kiss from a puppy is always worth a wait.

Greta Van Fleet at Shaky Knees. Photo by Ryan Rose.

3. Greta Van Fleet

If every member of Led Zeppelin had a kid, and they formed a new band, you have Greta Van Fleet. This band of brothers (plus drummer) has amazed many with their old school, rock and roll attitude. They formed in 2012, when the group were only early teens. After their sign to Lava Records in 2017, the band has since been hailed as Rock legends. Lead vocalist, John Kiszka, has been quote to have the same “husky howl” as Led Zeppelins Robert Plant.

4. Kendrick Lamar

I mean c’mon. The 11-time Grammy Award Winner also has a Pulitzer Prize now. He’s the best headlining act of this year’s festival circuit (Beyoncé doesn’t count here).

Ron Gallo at SXSW. Photo by Brian Benton

5. Ron Gallo

Ron Gallo is the type of musician that’s made for a show on the beach. His garage rock sound is fun, funky and doesn’t take itself too seriously. His 2017 album “Heavy Meta” captures his vibe perfectly. It’s fun for sure, but also gets a little heavy at times.

Ron Gallo plays a grungy guitar, but he also channels the jangly sound of classic 60s rock like Bob Dylan and takes notes from the tongue-in-cheek lyrics of The Beatles. One of his best songs is “Why Do You Have Kids?”, which showcases all of these things. Get there early for this one.

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