Twenty Artists You Must See at Hangout 2016

Twenty Artists You Must See at Hangout 2016

Over 70 artists will perform at The Hangout Music Festival in Gulf Shores, AL this weekend. These are the 20 artists that Mother Plug Music is excited to see perform. Check out our recommendations below, in no particular order, as you begin to plan your weekend!

  1. The Revivalists

Formed in New Orleans, this crew has a sweet rock n’ roll sound with a NOLA-funk soul. This seven-piece brings all the feels to the stage, from their hit song “SoulFight” to their newly released “Wish I Knew You,” as seen on the Today Show.  They were listed by Rolling Stone as one of the “Top Ten Bands You Need to Know.” The Revivalists will perform on the BMI Stage on Friday, May 20 at 6:15pm

  1. Big Grams

Big Boi from Outkast collaborates with Phantogram to create the magnetic sound of Big Grams. Electronic, pop and rap music come together smoothly for these legendary artists. Big Grams performs at the Surf Stage on Friday, May 20 at 2:30pm.

  1. Prince Fox

Lights, camera, beach! This buzzing electronic producer out of New York will bring the party. With their catchy choruses and upbeat tempos, “I Don’t Wanna Love You” and his newly released “Fragile featuring Hailee Steinfeld” are a couple of his hits. If you are a fan of 3Lau, Prince Fox constructed a remix of “How You Love Me,” reaching number 2 on Hype Machine. Prince Fox performs at the Boom Boom Tent on Friday, May 20 at 11:30am.

  1. Grimes

Born in Canada, Claire Boucher has a unique musical and performance style. The sound is between electronic and pop, with a little bit of Fender Stratocaster rhythm. She is a self-produced writer, producer, videographer and singer. With a couple of synthesizers, a guitar and a mic, she creates a sound all her own. Don’t be surprised if you see leggings with denim shorts and crazy makeup. Grimes performs at the Boom Boom Tent on Sunday, May 22 at 3:45pm.

  1. Kaleo

From Iceland to…Texas??? Yes, this Icelandic band may identify more with the southern heat of Austin since calling it their home in 2015. Just listen to the Southern rock and blues anthem, “No Good,” for proof (featured in the pilot episode of Vinyl). But the band may not have ventured too far from the great expanse of their homeland that seems to influence atmospheric Icelandic music, like “All the Pretty Girls” or “Vor í vaglaskógi.”  You may have heard “Way Down We Go,” on TV shows Orange Is the New Black and Suites. Kaleo plays the AXS TV Stage on Saturday, May 21 at 12:30pm.

  1. Leon Bridges

This soul singer may be young, but his talent matches many Motown and soul artists from the 1950s. His debut album, Coming Home is nothing but an instant classic. The title song became a Top 10 Most Viral Track on Spotify.  His live performances bring a modern context to the decades of music that, until now, with artists like Alabama Shakes and St. Paul & The Broken Bones, seemed lost. Leon Bridges performs on the AXS TV Stage on Saturday, May 21 at 8:00pm.

  1. The Struts

English rock band, The Struts will surely put the crowd in an air guitar, head banging frenzy. “Could Have Been Me” has a powerful, emotional chorus and an engaging bridge that will be a fun time for everyone. The Struts performs at the AXS TV Stage on Friday, May 20 at 5:00pm.

  1. Vince Staples

One of a few rappers at this year’s festival, Vince Staples  will be a great break from the rest of the amazing artists. Having appeared on Odd Future and working with Mac Miller and Schoolboy Q, he provides a sound with a smooth beat complementing his original rapping voice. Vince Staples performs at the Mermaid Stage on Friday, May 20 at 7:30pm.

  1. BØRNS

Having just played Saturn in Birmingham last December, BØRNS is back in Alabama bringing his hot hit “Electric Love” to the beach. He has been recognized by celebrities such as Taylor Swift, and received worldwide attention by closing out the 2015 Victoria Secret’s Fashion Show with his single. BØRNS performs at the AXS TV Stage on Friday, May 20 at 2:30pm.

  1. Alabama Shakes

Duh, their name says it all.  Brittany Howard’s funky rock style will bring the blues to the Gulf. Winning several Grammy’s, as well as receiving attention from Adele, the Shakes will be all the buzz this weekend. Did we say Brittany Howard? Brittany Howard! That voice! Alabama Shakes performs at the Surf Stage on Friday, May 20 at 7:45pm.

  1. Seratones

From Shreveport, LA, the Seratones have skyrocketed across American stages with their blues, soul, and rock n’ roll sound. Signed to Fat Possum Records with the likes of The Black Keys, Al Green, Townes Van Zandt, and yes, Bass Drum of Death, their talent stands among the best. Seratones perform at the Mermaid Stage on Thursday, May 19 at 7:45pm. 

  1. Run the Jewels

This hip-hop super group, formed by Killer Mike of Atlanta and El-P from New York, has stood up to critical acclaim, performing to sold-out crowds nationwide. High energy and non-apologetic, Run the Jewels will bring the party. They perform at the Surf Stage on Sunday, May 22 at 2:30pm.

  1. Kurt Vile and the Violators

Listening to Kurt Vile & The Violators is one thing; seeing them perform live is a whole new experience. Vile gets caught up in deep guitar jams that occupy the same space as artists like The War on Drugs. It’s hypnotizing, and you’ll want to be up front for it all. Kurt Vile & The Violators perform at the ASX TV Stage on Saturday, May 21 at 2:30pm.

  1. Powers

This electronic duo started writing songs for artists like Selena Gomez, Eminem and Christina Aguilera. With both a male and female singer, their song “Beat Of My Drum” has over 22 million streams on Spotify. This funky style of electronic music  will surely pump up the Hangout.  Powers performs at the BMI Stage on Sunday, May 22 at 3:45pm.

  1. Courtney Barnett

Barnett’s debut album, Sometimes I Sit and Think, and Sometimes I Just Sit gained her international attention, being nominated for a 2015 Grammy and named as a stand-out performer by the New York Times and Rolling Stone. Her quirky lyrics sung with an Australian accent gives her music a stand-out quality. Courtney Barnett performs at the AXS TV Stage on Sunday, May 22 at 7:45pm.

  1. Portugal. The Man

Collaborating with superstar producer Danger Mouse for their 2013 album, Evil Friends and currently working on an album with Mike D from the Beastie Boys, Portugal. The Man is a heavy-hitting act. With years of festival experience under their belt, expect a masterful set of music. Portugal. The Man performs at the Hangout Stage on Saturday, May 21 at 3:45pm.

  1. Bass Drum of Death

Lo-fi garage-rock badasses with a debut album by Fat Possum Records, Bass Drum of Death will make you sweat on the beach more than you ever thought possible. If moshing and stage diving aren’t really your thing, you might want to listen from a distance. Bass Drum of Death performs at the ASX TV Stage on Sunday, May 22 at 12:45.

  1. Big Freedia

New Orleans gave the world a new style of hip hop: bounce music. Big Freedia introduces audiences around the country to the genre with an unforgettable performance. Expect things to get weird. Named Best Emerging Artist as well as Best Rap/Hip Hop Artist by Rolling Stone, as well as countless other critical accolades, this show is a must-see. Big Freedia performs at the Mermaid Stage on Thursday, May 19 at 9:00pm.

  1. Zoogma

Electro heads, rejoice! A staple in the festival circuit for years now, Zoogma weaves mind-bending dance music with live rock instrumentation. Add to it an enveloping light show, and you’ve got a night fit for the American discoteque. Zoogma performs at the BMI Stage on Saturday, May 21 at 3:45pm.

  1. Miike Snow

Snow? How about beach? Having just released their third studio album, iii, Swedish trio Miike Snow will be on the snow-white beaches of the Gulf this weekend playing their indie pop beats. Their hit songs “Animal” and “Genghis Klan” are sure to be in store, so be prepared to dance. We won’t judge you for acting like a party animal. Miike Snow performs at the Boom Boom Tent on Saturday, May 21 at 6:30pm.

-Anna Elliot, Sara Jane Overby, Lindsay McDuffie, Alec Bolton & Josh Matthews wrote this piece while eating popcorn in their pajamas