2018 Gulf Shores AL Hangout Music Festival - Helpful Info

Posted by Rachel Kelly on Friday, May 11th, 2018 at 8:12pm.

Updated on 8/9/18

Quick fly-by of the Hangout Music Festival on Saturday, May 19th 2018.  While gathering video for Island Winds East condos and Phoenix All-Suites West, we took a quick peak at the Music Festival.  Find additional Gulf Shores condo info along with other aerial videos and helpful local info on our website.  And visit our Facebook page @gulfcondos.


Hangout Music Fest Info -  Skip to find parking info, musical lineups, nearby condo locations, acceptable items, things to do and shuttle service info.

The Hangout Music Festival is preparing for its 9th annual gathering in downtown Gulf Shores, AL at Gulf Place.  The event was first proposed in November of 2009 and shortly after, Deepwater Horizon made headlines around the world.  Attendance suffered for the inaugural festival with turnout ranging from 13 - 15,000 daily patrons.  In 2011, ticket sales were capped for safety precautions and last year, in 2017, the highest attendance to date was recorded at approximately 40,000.

The Alabama Gulf Coast hosts two of the largest beach-front parties in existence.  In 2018, the annual FloraBama Mullet Toss drew in over 35,000 fans from Florida alone.  And each year, the Gulf Coast town of Gulf Shores, Alabama is transformed to one of the newest and most popular beach-front concert venues in the country.  While the Mullet Toss was responsible for approximately 5,500 hotel bookings and an estimated economic impact of $10.4M, it's dwarfed by the Hangout Music Festival which is estimated to contribute over $30M to the local economy.  The entire allotment of 35,000 tickets sold out in less than an hour.  Tickets are still available on the resale market however, with weekend passes for the 2018 event starting at $419 for general admission and VIP tickets starting at just over $1,000.

In the above video, setup has commenced and all of downtown Gulf Shores is buzzing.  Roads are being closed and opened with fervor as the event coordinators bend and stretch Gulf Shores to accommodate tons of equipment for stages, fences and other various gear.  The concert grounds stretch through two public beach areas, from Island Winds East & West condos all the way to the Regatta condos which sit directly to the East of the Pink Pony Pub and Phoenix All-Suites will again relinquish its beach for the concert.  The recent Gulf Place renovations - officially titled the "Vision of Sustainability 2025",  has downtown Gulf Shores looking its best ever.  Some of the more noticeable changes include additional parking, shaded areas and public restrooms, dune restoration for improved surge resistance and expanded boardwalk areas and additional showers and walkovers making the beach more accessible.  The Hangout Music Festival and Gulf Shores, AL seem to be meant for one another - they continue to grow and flourish and each new year seems to solidify the idea that it's here to stay.


Condos closest to the Hangout Music Festival


Beach area East of the of the Hangout Music Festival

Aerial map of the East Beach area condos in downtown Gulf Shores, AL

Royal Palms condos is approximately one mile from Gulf Place and Island Shores condos is one half mile from the Gulf Shores Music Festival.

Beach area West of the Hangout Music Festival

Aerial map of the West Beach condos in downtown Gulf Shores, AL

The Island Tower condominium is .35 miles from Gulf Place and the Phoenix Gulf Shores is approximately .75 miles from the Music Festival.

Additional Info for the 2018 Hangout Music Festival


Things To Do:

Partake in daily yoga out on the Great Lawn, relax in the shade at Hammock Beach, get Hydration IV treatment at the Tropical Spa, or shop at various booths along the Hangout promenade include Teva Outpost and Buckle.  Other fun activities include exciting beach games, contests and prizes from Hangout sponsors, roller disco, beach volleyball, and a puppy kissing booth.


Over 30 restaurants will be onsite providing great food including fresh Gulf Coast seafood dishes and vendor booths serving popular fest fare such as pizza, tacos, and burgers. 

Shuttle Pick-Ups


North Line:
Pelican Place Shopping Center

West Line:
Pier 33, Waves Market, West 13th St (near Sanibel condo)

Gulf State Park:
Store at Gulf State Park Campground

East Line:
Gulf State Park Pavilion, Hilton Garden Inn, Hampton Inn, Phoenix Condos I-V, Holiday Inn Express, Turquoise Place, Phoenix VI, The Gulf Restaurant

Beach Club Condominium (Fort Morgan)



Parking is harder to find than tickets.  Some things to consider is the traffic near the actual music festival.  Even if a parking spot is found, getting in-and-out of the area near the concerts can be very time-consuming.  It's probably a good idea to use the various shuttle services or hunt for a place at someone's house.  Local home owners will be camped in their yards charging for parking.  The costs for this type of parking can range from $5 to $25 and depending on proximity can be a great option.  Another benefit is security,  Chances are, the home owners will be able to keep watch on the vehicles parked on their property.

What To Bring:

Clear plastic or clear vinyl bags, backpacks, or purses no larger than 13x17 inches in size, liquid sunscreen (non-aerosol) in 3oz containers or less, fanny packs, sunglasses, hats, blankets, beach towels, (1) empty non-glass water container (up to 2 liters), empty single pocket CamelBak style water bladder system, prescription medication (allowed only in original bottle), ID required to verify name on prescription label.

What Not To Bring:

Non-clear backpacks, bags, purses over 13x17 inches, chairs, coolers, umbrellas, tents, weapons, firearms, narcotics, alcohol, glass containers, kites, glow sticks, laser pointers, selfie-sticks, fidget spinners, drones, video equipment, water balloons, outside food & drinks, skateboards. See entire list of prohibited items

2018 Hangout Music Festival - Daily Schedule



Friday - May 18th

The Hangout Stage

1:30PM - The Green
3:30PM - Tash Sultana
6:15PM - Portugal. The Man
10:00PM - The Killers

Surf Stage
12:30PM - Banners
2:30PM - Pussy Riot
4:45PM - Cold War Kids
7:45PM - Zedd

Boom Boom Tent
11:45AM - Cassian
1:15PM - Shallou
3:00PM - Lost Kings
5:30PM - Dej Loaf
7:30PM - blackbear
9:45PM - Galantis

Beach Stage
11:45AM - Lovelytheband
1:45PM - The Glorious Sons
4:00PM - Lauv
6:00PM - Oh Wonder

Sunset Stage
11:30AM - Yoga
12:45PM - Xperimento
2:45PM - Roots of Creation
5:00PM - Etana

Mermaid Stage
12:30PM - Luthi
2:00PM - Bones
4:15PM - Caroline Rose
6:45PM - Ron Gallo
9:00PM - Welshly Arms

Malibu Beach House
12:30PM - Dena Amy
2:30PM - Hotel Garuda
4:45PM - Oliver Nelson
7:30PM - Poolside

Monster Energy Beach Club
11:45AM - Justin Paul
2:30PM - Cassian
4:45PM - Pat Lok
7:30PM - Ducky

Saturday - May 18th

The Hangout Stage
1:30PM - Skip Marley
6:15PM - Logic
9:45PM - The Chainsmokers

Surf Stage
12:30PM - Amy Shark
2:30PM - Bleachers
4:45PM - Anderson .Paak & The Free Nationals
7:45PM - Halsey

Boom Boom Tent
11:45AM - Mersiv
1:15PM - Goldfish
3:00PM - Kasbo
5:15PM - San Holo
7:15PM - Cashmere Cat
9:45PM - St. Vincent

Beach Stage
11:45AM - Son Little
1:45PM - Poolside
3:45PM - Tank and The Bangas
6:30PM - Manchester Orchestra

Sunset Stage
11:30AM - Yoga
12:45PM - Roots of Creation
2:45PM - Etana
5:00PM - Pacific Dub

Mermaid Stage
12:30PM - The Wrecks
2:00PM - Leikeli47
4:00PM - R.LUM.R
6:15PM - Bahamas
8:45PM - Noname

Malibu Beach House
12:30PM - Oliver Nelson
2:30PM - Dena Amy
4:45PM - Pat Lok
7:30PM - Hotel Garuda

Monster Energy Beach Club
11:45AM - Justin Paul
2:30PM - Justin Paul
4:45PM - Ducky
7:30PM - Goldfish

Sunday - May 18th

The Hangout Stage
1:30PM - AJR
3:30PM - NF
6:15PM - Foster the People
9:45PM - Kendrick Lamar

Surf Stage
12:30PM - Alice Merton
2:30PM - Slightly Stoopid
5:00PM - SZA
8:00PM - Odesza

Boom Boom Tent
11:45AM - Melvv
1:15PM - Mansionair
3:15PM - Whethan
5:15PM - Getter
7:30PM - Grouplove
9:45PM - St. Vincent

Beach Stage
11:45AM - Alex Lahey
1:30PM - Hippo Campus
4:00PM - The Struts
6:00PM - Lil Pump

Sunset Stage
11:30AM - Yoga
12:45PM - Etana
2:45PM - Pacific Dub
5:00PM - Roots of Creation

Mermaid Stage
12:30PM - Mobley
2:00PM - MAX
4:15PM - Sunflower Bean
6:30PM - Greta Van Fleet
9:00PM - Anderson East

Malibu Beach House
12:30PM - Dena Amy
2:30PM - Hotel Garuda
7:30PM - Oliver Nelson

Monster Energy Beach Club
12:00PM - Justin Paul
2:30PM - Justin Paul
4:45PM - Goldfish
7:30PM - Ducky

Extra Videos and Info for the Hangout / Gulf Place

A clear night at Gulf Place in downtown Gulf Shores, Alabama

 - Summer Night at Gulf Place in Downtown Gulf Shores, AL -

This video was taken shortly after dark over Gulf Place in downtown Gulf Shores, AL.  The Gulf Shores Hangout lights up at night and for the upcoming Hangout Music Festival, the entire downtown area will be exploding with light from the concerts planned for May 18th - 20th.  We'll be adding some additional aerial videos of the Gulf Shores Hangout in the days ahead.  We've also created aerial videos for the condos adjacent to the Hangout up to one mile away which is basically walking distance to the concerts;  East Beach condos and West Beach with labeled condos for easy identification.

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