GULF SHORES, Ala. (WALA) - The Hangout Music Festival will kick off on the beautiful beaches of Gulf Shores Thursday, May 16, with a beach party starting at 2 p.m. Crews are getting ready for the estimated 35,000 people coming to the coast.
"We're making sure the site is really secure and safe that's the most important," said Sean O'Connell with Hangout Marketing.
The white tents were up on Tuesday, May 14, and merchandise is on the shelves waiting for eager customers.
While the shirts are sorted through and the hats hung, finishing touches are being put on the stages.
O'Connell said this year fans can get even closer to their favorite acts.
"We've moved the sky bar closer to the main stage, people can get up on the sky bar right on the water line," he said.
That's not all that's different. Security has also been beefed up.
O'Connell said staff will be thoroughly checking bags so the lines may be a little longer. While you're gearing up for the weekend, there are some key items you should bring.
"Bring suntan location, make sure you're hydrated. Bring you water bottle. It has to be empty and no glass, but we have water stations and bring camel backs," O'Connell said.
Hangout staff has been preparing for this year's festival for nearly a year and by the time the festival is ready to start, O'Connell said it will all be ready to go.
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