Picture this. You're on a beach with crystal-clear water with your toes in the sand. You've got a cold beer in hand, and you can feel the sun soaking into your skin. You're surrounded by thousands of your friends, rocking out to some of the best bands in the world. Sounds like a perfect dream, right? It's not. It's Hangout Fest.
Every year, bands of all genres make their way to Gulf Shores, Alabama the third weekend of May to play the three-day festival. It marks the beginning of summer for us music-lovers, who use festivals as time-markers rather than summer solstice. After you see the lineup, you're going to want to add a ticket to your holiday wish list. With so many amazing artists to look out for, it's hard to choose who makes it on your final schedule. Ones To Watch has curated our own go-to list for you (in no particular order), with all the up-and-coming artists you need to see!
You know those artists that are an absolute must-see live? Bishop Briggs is one of those artists. The alt-pop rockstar has been creating a name with herself since the release of her viral hit "Rivers." She continues to rack in million of streams with every track she releases and has spent 2016 touring with Coldplay and Kaleo. Catch a sneak peek of the vocal powerhouse live here.
The guys behind the alternative experimental project, Lewis Del Mar, will have no problem vibing on the beaches of Gulf Shores–considering they wrote their album in a similar setting. The Rockaway Beach, New York duo went viral with their debut single "Loud(y)" in 2015, and haven't slowed down since. They're kicking off a tour with Young The Giant in the spring and are known to tear up every stage they set foot on.
Here at Ones To Watch, we believe that festivals were made for dancing and that the Bob Moses guys were made to inspire such grooving. The Brooklyn electronic duo joined Kygo for his Hollywood Bowl shows in October and are now headlining their own shows all across the globe. Regrets are bound to ensue if you're not in the crowd for "Tearing Me Up."
The boys of LANY do sunshine music better than anyone, making Hangout Fest the perfect place to see them live. The pop trio is fresh off of their tour supporting their latest EP Kinda and are working on their debut album. We're predicting that the album will be released prior to the festival, which means their Hangout set will feature fresh tunes channeling their dreamy pop style. If you still need some convincing, check out our recent review of their Hollywood show on the blog. Life-changing.
The indie-rock four-piece that formed in 2015 quickly found themselves in the spotlight following the release of their first single, "Bonfire." They have been touring or in the studio since, releasing their debut album 100 in August. The UK band is currently wrapping up their tour with Sirius XM's Alt Nation, and we've heard serious praise about their electrifying stage presence.