Hangout Fest is beautiful experience.  The beaches!  The seafood (if you’re not a vegetarian)!  The main stages!  The pretty girls!  I could go on, but you get the idea: A music festival on the beach is a good thing.

I’m almost ashamed to admit that, aside from my hotel down the beach, there is only one place I call home during Hangout: The Boom Boom Tent.  A microcosm of the whole festival, The Boom Boom Tent is, likewise, a beautiful experience.  The bass!  The lasers!  The pretty girls (again)!  Strap on your LED gloves and crack some glowsticks, cause these are the dance acts you can’t miss at Hangout 2014!


The most recent PL live sets have been unique experiences.  Don’t get me wrong, Pretty Lights live shows have always been incredible.  Mr. Derek Vincent Smith has performed with drummers, full live bands, members of orchestras and as solo DJ sets–each with their own character and, as you’d expect, amazing light shows.  Having seen PL at CounterPoint last month, I would expect the live band to be hitting the Gulf this weekend.



Dirtybird Records’ founder Claude Vonstroke is hitting the beach during the daylight on Friday.  This house-music producer has spent some time in the southeast, playing festivals like TomorrowWorld and Mountain Oasis.  Having seen his sets at both fests, I can safely say this guy can both open and close stages without issue.  His early evening set in Asheville started a weekend-long party while he closed out the night in Chatahoochee Hills with a deep and trippy mix.



As an Atlantan who digs the electronic scene, I couldn’t be happier to see heRobust, a local favorite, on the Hangout lineup this year.  Now, his set is early in the day on Friday, but that just means that anyone who has a hotel near the Boom Boom Tent is in for a heavy & trappy wake up!  Skrillex digs him, Bassnectar digs him, you should dig him!



In a world of computer wizards and Ableton knob-turners making music (not that that’s a bad thing!), Boyz Noise is a unique producer in that all of his jams are entirely “out of the box.”  Analog synths squeal over heavy bass making for a unique sound across his three full length albums.  No Skrillex on this year’s Hangout Fest, but that doesn’t mean we can’t keep our fingers crossed for some Dog Blood tracks, a project on which the two collaborate.



Do Germans like the Beach?  I guess we’ll find out on Sunday as Zedd shuts down the Boom Boom Tent.  This guy is everywhere in 2014–having produced tracks for Lady Gaga and Justin Beiber and collaborating with Ellie Goulding, Foxes and Hayley from Paramore, just to name a few.  Get ready to dance, singalong and dance some more.


Check out the rest of the line-up here.


Ready to rage this weekend at Hangout?  Make plans to rage with @theactualkurt!

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