GULF SHORES, Alabama — Now that the Hangout Festival is officially over, a look back at the weekend’s sets proves that EDM ruled. The official electronic tent appropriately named the Boom Boom tent was packed with festival goers of all kinds coming together for one reason: to dance.
The festival kicked off Thursday evening with a pre-party starring the likes of Dillon Francis and Benny Benassi. Benny closed the party, but not before blaring his ageless classic “Satisfaction,” and it seemed that tent was more than satisfied.
Afrojack stole Friday with marathon-like sets combining classics with new music. He came straight from Vegas on an hour of sleep and told Hangout Fest fans that they were the “best hangover he’d ever had.” The audience was very grateful the master DJ/producer braved the heat, humidity and lack of sleep to rock the EDM tent for the afternoon. Then, Wolfgang Gartner took over Saturday.
On Sunday, electronic music fans were able to really indulge in the genre. Baauer, Porter Robinson and Steve Aoki had sets that attracted fans from all over the beach, from the rides and food stands… and from the other performances. Baauer danced his way through his show, blasting and mashing hip-hop favorites. Porter Robinson and Aoki lit up the tent with insane light shows and active graphics as a backdrop to their massive performances. Aoki stayed true to his famous stage behavior by caking his front row and showering them with champagne. His final touch was sending a few lucky fans off to surf the wild crowd on inflatable turtles and boats. Needless to say, it was a success.
Hangout Fest 2013 brought electronic music to the Gulf Shore, and we can’t wait to see what 2014 brings.
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