Hangout 2012 Lineup Release Waiting Game

2012 to Announce Soon

UPDATE: The Hangout Music Fest web site was down for awhile, is now back up and running, no announcement as of yet. 2/2/12 @ 12:05 A.M. CST

Last year, Jazz Fest released its lineup in mid-January, about a month later than the year prior and the local competitor taking place two weeks and 200 miles away down the coast came out with their sterling 2011 lineup a couple weeks later on February 1st. Judging by the facts that (a) last year’s lineup came out this week and (2) that the festival is a mere 3.5 months away, the lineup should be arriving any day now…right?

Although not necessarily direct competitors, the relationship between New Orleans’ Jazz Fest and the new kid on the block Hangout Fest as competitors for years to come is worth exploring. College-aged kids who are still bogged-down with finals during Jazz Fest likely can’t take in much/any of the NOLA juggernaut fest and thus will likely wait until the Hangout to get their festival fix. Also, with Jazz Fest drawing a much more demographically diverse lineup than the 18-30 dance/indie/jam band-centric Hangout beach fest, one has to think that an exceptionally great lineup like the one Hangout 2011 or Jazz Fest 2012 possessed/possesses could have some quantitative effect on ticket sales for the other. However, on the flip side, after last year’s overwhelming success for both festivals and especially the Hangout, it appears that the gulf shores beach fest, due to inherent space constraints and apparently huge pre-lineup ticket demands, is a likely sellout for the near future barring a dud lineup, having already established it’s brand as a can’t-miss stop on the summer festival circuit for those in the South or folks elsewhere looking for an early summer beach weekend escape. The Hangout may already be moving towards the alluring draw of festivals like Coachella or Austin City Limits, both mega-festivals that generally sell out before the lineups are released. Either way, for the 2012 edition, demand for Hangout passes will still hinge on the quality of the music lineup, which will once again likely draw heavily from larger dance acts and big-ticket bands of the jam/indie scenes to help anchor the top half of the bill. The Hangout Music Fest is expected to release their lineup very soon, so we’ll have to wait and see.

2011 Hangout Music Fest Highlights

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February 2, 2012 |  by  |  Festivals
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