Alabama’s beachfront spring festival, Hangout Music Festival, joined the festival circuit seven years ago and hasn’t looked back since. The rejuvenating, three-day escape brought to the state’s Gulf Shores a cultural and artistic experience that opened doors and set new standards for the Southeast. Reigning supreme as the first major music festival held on the beach each year, it’s no wonder that Hangout has grown in both size and scope since its 2010 inception. Though a rock and indie-leaning festival, each year Hangout has made a noticeable effort to properly represent electronic music. Below, we present the five electronic acts you must see at the 2016 edition of Hangout.
Quebecois producer Snails has been producing soul-rupturing bass music on the Kannibalen label for more than three years now, but first became an icon among the public eye in 2014, when Jack Ü premiered his breakthrough hit, “Wild,” at Ultra. In the two years that have since passed, Snails has experienced a powerful ascension, collaborating with the likes of Jack Ü and Big Gigantic, and earning slots at some of the world’s most coveted festivals. For fans that can’t resist thumping basslines and searing synths, a Snails set is the place to be.
When / Where: Friday, May 20 at 6:15pm – Boom Boom Tent
24-year-old New York-based producer Jai Wolf made for one of the more unique success stories of 2014. A mere tweet was what stood between the nascent producer’s rare opportunity to release his remix of “Ease My Mind” on Skrillex’s OWSLA imprint. One year later, Jai Wolf was invited to join the country’s most reputable festivals, and saw the release of his debut single, “Indian Summer,” on Odesza’s Foreign Family Collective. With the recent release of his latest production, “Drive,” the young musician is sure to impress during his Hangout Fest debut.
When / Where: Saturday, May 21 at 11:30am – Boom Boom Tent
It had been three quiet years since we had heard new music from Miike Snow – up until the trio revealed its first original release since 2012, “Heart Is Full.” The comeback, long overdue, marked the introduction of a new Miike Snow that ditched their signature piano tones in favor of greater electronic tones and jazzy underlines. With the recent release of their third studio album, iii, fans can anticipate to see the trio at Hangout Fest, re-imagined, and in full force.
When / Where: Saturday, May 21 at 6:30pm – Boom Boom Tent
On the cusp of redefining modern-day electronic music with his sophomore album Skin, Flume has been an artist to watch ever since pioneering the future house sound nearly five years ago. Having gradually premiered songs including “Wall Fuck” and “Never Be Like You,” expect Harley Streten’s Hangout set to be brimming with new music.
When / Where: Sunday, May 22 at 6:15pm – Boom Boom Tent
Having coined and championed tropical house, Thomas Jack’s musical trajectory spans three bright, sunny years. In his teens, the native Australian had his first bush with dance music at boarding school, where he then learned the basics of music production. But it wasn’t until his father gifted him Ableton Live one Christmas that Jack had kick started his career. The rest, as you likely already know, led to the birth of a revolutionary subgenre of dance music.
When / Where: Sunday, May 22 at 8:00pm – Mermaid Stage