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Traffic ramps up as Hangout Music Festival officially kicks off in Gulf Shores

Festival in Gulf Shores kicked off Friday ramping up traffic in the area
Festival in Gulf Shores kicked off Friday ramping up traffic in the area(FOX10 News)
Published: May. 20, 2022 at 12:13 PM CDT|Updated: May. 20, 2022 at 6:00 PM CDT
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GULF SHORES, Ala. (WALA) - It’s going to be a busy weekend in Gulf Shores. The Hangout Music Festival officially kicked off Friday morning, and that means traffic will be a lot heavier.

The city said starting Friday, traffic on East 1st Ave. and East 2nd Ave. will be a one-way-only route to accommodate festival-goers. Grant Brown with the City said if you’re not attending the event you may want to avoid the area.

“You may want to avoid the main HWY 59, 182 Beach HWY intersection. There’s a roadblock in place. If you’re going to the West Beach take Windmill Road around the back way. If you’re going to Orange Beach our recommendation is to go through Gulf State Park, take Canal Road or take the Foley Beach Express directly to Orange Beach,” said Brown.

As traffic picked up so did the lines to get into the festival as people were eager to get in. Long lines of festival-goers were seen at the gates as soon as it opened at 11 a.m.

Guests were asked to leave early Friday afternoon as bad weather moved in, but the venue reopened by midafternoon.

Brown said the best tip for festival-goers this weekend is to make sure to stay hydrated and have a plan to find shelter just in case storms roll through.

Nearly 100 music artists will take the stage including Halsey, Jack Harlow and Tame Impala.

It was announced on Friday afternoon that Doja Cat was canceling her performance.

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