5 must-see artists at Hangout Music Festival 2018
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It would be hard to convince us that there's anything better to do on May 18, 19 and 20 than dance on the beaches of Gulf Shore, Ala. to the likes of Kendrick Lamar, The Killers, The Chainsmokers and more. It would be even harder to convince us that anyone in their right mind would purposely miss this annual event that brings some of music's best and brightest stars. That's why it's our job to convince you that these 5 acts alone (Not including the amazing headliners!) are worth the price of admission to this year's Hangout Music Festival

1. Portugal. The Man 

These Alaskan natives have been a must-see live band for well over a decade, but they've recently enjoyed more mainstream success with the release of their eighth studio album titled Woodstock and subsequent Grammy Award that followed. Portugal. The Man's style can be described as psych rock with obvious alternative rock roots that blend nicely with lead singer John Gourley's near-falsetto vocal range. 

2. St. Vincent 

St Vincent is quickly becoming one of the most respected artists in the live music game right now. Her live performances are passionate with raw emotion, yet composed and orchestrated like a true artist. St Vincent is currently on her Fear The Future tour, which essentially offers her own creative outlook on the history of music and the bleak future that could be in store for the music industry. This could be your chance to see a future legend in the making and something to tell your kids about. 

3. Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals

What else can we say about Anderson .Paak and The Free Nationals other than that missing their performance would be like musical blasphemy. Anderson .Paak brings his unique musical skillset on the road with his group of funky, soul musicians that can turn any crowd into a bunch of rowdy dancing machines. This is truly 'feel-good' music that encompasses the whole vibe of the Hangout Music Festival. You can thank us later. 

4. Cold War Kids 

LA's own Cold War Kids are surely a band you don't want to miss if you're craving some headbanging and a truly energetic performance. The band's latest album, L.A. Divine, was released in April 2017, representing the band's fifth studio album. 

5. Greta Van Fleet 

When you first read Greta Van Fleet on a festival lineup, it's easy to think how an unassuming festival-goer could easily mistake this 4 piece rock band for something maybe ...Lana Del Rey-ish. That's of course until you see Greta Van Fleet live. This 4-piece band from Michigan is as close to a classic rock/hair metal revival as you're gonna get minus the tight pants and poofy hair. 

Check out the rest of the lineup here and don't forget to stay tuned to AXS.com for more information on The 2018 Hangout Music festival!