Hangout Music Fest is almost here

Hangout Music Fest is almost here

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Make a fist and stick out those pinkies and thumbs: the 2017 edition of the Hangout Music Festival is almost here.

Kicking off on Friday, May 19 and wrapping May 21, Hangout Music Fest will be bringing many of the biggest names in music to the sandy beaches of Gulf Shores, Ala. From rock radio staples like Mumford & Sons, Twenty One Pilots and Weezer to EDM heavy-hitters Major Lazer and DJ Snake to critically-acclaimed art rock bands like MGMT and Local Natives, there’s a huge variety of artists and styles on the bill.

Related: Check out the set times and full list of performers at Hangout Fest

To help you make some of the tough choices that come with multi-stage festivals, here’s a look at five must-see artists to catch in Gulf Shores this weekend. A limited number of GA and VIP passes are still available, so visit the official Hangout Music Festival website to get yours today.

Phoenix (performing Friday, May 19 at 9:30pm on the Hangout Stage)
A last-minute addition after Frank Ocean cancelled his headlining performance, the French dance-rock band Phoenix will be returning to the stage for one of their first performances since announcing their upcoming album Ti Amo. The band’s stage design at Shaky Knees last weekend drew rave reviews and fans should be treated to some brand new music in the set list, including a performance of the just-released title track from their new album, which is due out June 9. For tickets to see Phoenix with Miike Snow and Lemon Twigs at Red Rocks on June 7, click here.

Chance The Rapper (performing Sunday, May 21 at 7:15pm on the Surf Stage)
One of the most colorful and magnanimous personalities in hip-hop, Chance has gone from an underground favorite to a Grammy-winning arena artist in the span of just twelve months. Earlier today, his former tourmate Francis and the Lights dropped the video for his new version of “May I Have This Dance” which features a guest spot from Chance; let’s hope he busts out some of those slick dance moves during his Sunday night set. Click here for tickets to select dates on Chance’s upcoming summer tour.

Sigur Rós (performing Saturday, May 20 at 9:15pm in the Boom Boom Tent)
The music of the indescribable Icelandic band Sigur Rós is best experienced in idyllic environments, so the Gulf Shore beach should be the perfect place to get washed away by their gorgeous sound. If you’re looking for a more mellow and cerebral way to end a long day of fun, Sigur Rós is the ideal come down. Click here to check out our exclusive interview with the band and get tickets to their summer tour.

PVRIS (performing Friday at 7:30pm on the Mermaid Stage)
With the upcoming release of their sophomore album All We Know of Heaven, All We Need of Hell, the moody rock-electronic hybrid PVRIS are gearing up for a big year. Expect the trio to perform some new tunes -- including their haunting new single “Heaven” -- before they head out on tour with Muse and Thirty Seconds to Mars for a summer tour. Get tickets to their September Red Rocks show by clicking here.

Lil Yachty (performing Sunday, May 21 at 2:30pm on the Surf Stage)
At last we come to Lil Boat, one of the most idiosyncratic figures of rap’s new vanguard. If all things were fair, all of Yachty’s shows would take place on the beach; as it stands, we wouldn’t be surprised at all if the 19-year-old exits the stage, swims out into the gulf and disappears on his namesake. For more on Lil Yachty and tickets to his upcoming Teenage Tour, click here.