The Hangout Music Fest has unveiled its 2012 lineup, with Jack White, Dave Matthews Band, Wilco and the Flaming Lips heading up the Gulf Coast festival this year.
White dropped the news of his participation a few days ago, but the newly-announced details set White and Matthews as main-stage headliners, with a third act joining the headliner ranks soon.
According to organizers, other confirmed artists include Steve Winwood, Chris Cornell, STS9, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Randy Newman, Yelawolf, Mavis Staples, the String Cheese Incident, G. Love & Special Sauce, Skrillex, Mac Miller, Gogol Bordello, Flogging Molly, Paul Oakenfold, Dr. Dog, Dawes, M. Ward, Coheed & Cambria, Switchfoot, Julian Marley, Cage the Elephant, Zed’s Dead, Sphongle, Young the Giant, Gary Clark Jr., Rebelution, Allen Stone, Big Freedia, The Devil Makes Three, Futurebirds, Hey Rosetta!, Sleeper Agent, The Lumineers, Archnemesis, Tribal Seeds, Rich Aucoin, Jamie Bergeron and Dispatch.
The balance of style and talent is wide and diverse, with jam bands playing alongside more aggressive rock bands, and rappers and electronica acts vying for attention. The Flaming Lips will throw a curve ball at the fest this year, by playing Pink Floyd’s timeless album The Dark Side of the Moon in its entirety. according to today's announcement.
In the lineup announcement, organizers promised "more room for amenities and the comfort of fans, with capacity capped at last year's limit of 35,000 attendees per day, but with a considerable amount of new space added to the festival grounds." The festival will feature four stages, according to the announcement, including two main stages on the beach and an air-conditioned dance tent. A children's area will again be featured, with performers to be announced later.
The 2012 Hangout Music Fest will take place May 18-20 on the beach at the foot of Ala. 59 in Gulf Shores. Tickets go on sale at 11 a.m. Friday at www.hangoutmusicfest.com/tickets. Basic weekend passes will start at $194, eventually rising to $209. VIP passes start at $749, with Super VIP passes going for $1,249. Top-tier "Big Kahuna" tickets, which include access to the artists' compound and other elite perks, are $2,500.