Hangout Music Festival 2013 is a wrap, and we have plenty to show for it besides sand-filled suitcases and sunburned noses. Hive was on the ground all weekend, scouting the different types of Hangout fans, exploring the Gulf Shores area, and of course, taking in back-to-back shows along the white Alabama beaches.
There were plenty of great musical moments to blog about. Ra Ra Riot played an energetic afternoon set day one that included a host of cuts from their new album Beta Love. An an unusually peppy James Mercer and the rest of the Shins closed out the first day avoiding kites on stage and rocking a tremendous 18-song set. Dave Longstreth of the Dirty Projectors failed miserably at getting the crowd loosened up with some onstage banter, but the band's afternoon set on day two from a musical standpoint was nothing short of excellent. On day three, Best Coast had to jokingly deflect marriage proposals which running through punchy versions of songs from their two albums Crazy For You and The Only Place.
At most big music events and festivals its the surprise moments and unexpected minutiae that make for the best moments, and Hangout Music Festival 2013 was no exception. Below, we've pulled together the eight best moments from the festival, including a Sway-led cypher, a sick Roots mashup and the latest fashion statement from the Yeah Yeah Yeah's Karen O. Maybe we'll see you down in Gulf Shores next year?
Sway brings amateur MCs from the crowd onstage to freestyle before Kendrick Lamar:
The Roots mash up "Jungle Boogie"
The best view at Hangout Fest, for 20 seconds at a time
Best Coast debuts "Fear of My Identity"
Amber Coffman (Dirty Projectors) slays "The Socialites"
Yeah Yeah Yeah's Karen O rocks lime-green Christian Joy jacket
Gulf Shores = Endless shrimp
The Mega Drop ride nobody could stop talking about