GULF SHORES, Ala. (WALA) - Beachgoers in Gulf Shores Thursday, May 9 were enjoying the best the beach had to offer. Just a stones throw away, though, workers were busy transforming the sugar white stands into stages that will host one of the worlds top outdoor music festivals.
The Hangout Music Festival is just over a week away and has become one of Gulf Shores biggest weekends.
"It's the amenities and the attention to details and the fact that we are very focused on making sure that the guest experience is the best it can be," noted festival organizer Brad Cohen.
With four stages, over 60 music acts, catered food, a sky bar and VIP treatment that's second to none, the Hangout Music Festival has developed a reputation reaching far from Gulf Shores.
"We're to the point where we have the credibility with the music industry that people want to come and play here, so we've been able to get some of the top acts in the country," Cohen said.
More and more artists may want to play the festival, but the folks really looking forward to the big weekend are the locals. They've felt the anticipation for weeks as preparations continue.
"There's going to be like over 30,000 people here in the Gulf Coast area, and there's going to be bands for all types of people and everybody's really, really excited and really pumped," said music fest fan Toni Revaldo.
"As a local, this is all the time we look forward to," added Revaldo's friend, Sara Gregorio. "We love just like seeing everybody in and getting ready for the great time we're all about to have."
As always, Hangout officials strive to impress their guests. This year will be no exception, but they're not quite ready to let go of all their secrets yet. Cohen did give a hint of changes they've made to the culinary part of the guest experience.
"From the Food Network we have Marty Duncan and Wesley Drew - two famous chefs that know how to deliver," said Cohen.
For everything else new, Cohen said you'll just have to get your ticket, wait and see.
The Hangout Music Festival is May 17, 18 and 19 in Gulf Shores. Full weekend and one day passes are available again this year.
For information on purchasing tickets, visit the Hangout Music Fest official website .
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