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Hangin’ out at Hangout

This beachfront festival knows how to bring the heat

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Crank up the heat and turn up the beats with blu at the Hangout Music Festival, May 16–18. The festival takes place on the white, sandy beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama—just across the Florida border and down the coast from legendary Spring Break locales like Panama City Beach and Destin.Here, you can frolic with 35,000 like-minded music-lovers while rocking out to performances from 70 artists covering a variety of musical genres.

Entering its fifth year of legendary performances, Hangout is the place to be for those searching for a weekend of non-stop tunes in a beachside paradise. And blu is taking it to the next level this year with the blu Beach Club.

The blu Beach Club offers resort-style relaxation and a chance to play in the ocean while you’re taking a break between sets. In addition, the blu Butt Patrol will be combing the festival grounds and encouraging smokers to dispose of their cigarette butts properly. Keep an eye out for the blu Butt Patrol, because they’re rewarding Hangout fans with some serious upgrades! Search for them onsite, share your photo with them using #blubuttpatrol and you could score “Beach Baller” access at blu’s Beach Club. Imagine snagging preferred access complete with beach cabanas, lounge chairs, umbrellas and, of course, palm trees.

This highly anticipated festival is already sold out. But if you didn’t snag a ticket, you can still hang with the best of ’em by watching the live stream at mtv.com and following all of the blu action on Twitter and Instagram. Check out some of the headliners we’re super-stoked about.

Anxious fans await the official release of Turn Blue, the latest album from The Black Keys. And lucky Hangout attendees will get to be a part of the kickoff to their European and North American tour in support of the album. The duo will close the main Hangout stage on Friday night.

No stranger to performing on the Hangout stages, Pretty Lights is sure to show fans a good time with an eclectic musical experience. Catch the act closing out Saturday night at the Boom Boom Tent.

Or if you’re in more of a rocker mood that evening, The Killers will take the main Hangout Stage on Saturday. Their set at Hangout will be one of their biggest festival appearances this season.

Hailing from Concord, N.C., not too far from the blu HQ in Charlotte, The Avett Brothers return to the Hangout stage after performing as part of the 2011 lineup. Their folk-rock and indie-rock jams will spice up the main Hangout Stage on Sunday night.

No one knows beachside musical bliss better than Jack Johnson. Take a lesson in relaxation as you kick back on Sunday night with his chill music and upbeat vibes.

Stopping by Hangout to drop their “Southernplayalisticadillicmusik” beachfront-style, OutKast continues their summer festival tour here in the Dirty South. The duo is ready to bring it as they celebrate 20 years in the music industry with eager fans, so make sure to catch them closing out the weekend on the main Hangout Stage.

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