Hangout 2023 Preview

Come Hangout in Gulf Shores for another year of its great music festival, Friday-Sunday, May 19th-21st....

Come Hangout in Gulf Shores for another year of its great music festival, Friday-Sunday, May 19th-21st:


Hangout Stage  

Red Hot Chili Peppers, 9:30 PM

How can you be into music and not know the Red Hot Chili Peppers (QRO photos at a ’22 festival)? RHCP (QRO photos) emerged from the same sweaty Los Angeles eighties music scene that gave birth to Jane’s Addiction & more, and the Peppers (QRO photos) mix alt-rock with the funkified bass of the one-and-only Flea plus the sexy energy of singular frontman Anthony Kiedis. Along with drummer/Will Ferrell-look-alike Chad Smith and guitarist John Frusciante, the band racked up awards and record sales with such classics as Mother’s Milk, Blood Sugar Sex Magik, “Higher Ground”, “Under the Bridge”, and much more. Frusciante left in 1992 to be replaced by Jane’s Addiction’s own Dave Navarro, before Frusciante returned in 1999 for the band’s biggest selling record ever, Californication.

More recently, Frusciante has left again, to focus on his solo work (QRO review), replaced by upgraded touring guitarist Josh Klinghoffer for 2011’s I’m In You (QRO review) and 2017’s year’s strong The Getaway (QRO review). But of course, Frusciante came back, ‘cause ain’t nothin’ stoppin’ the Red Hot Chili Peppers (QRO photos), who come back to Hangout (QRO photos at a festival) to headline (after having to miss 2020), touring (QRO ’22 live review) behind this year’s Ultimate Love and Return of the Dream Canteen.

Red Hot Chili Peppers

Rainbow Kitten Surprise, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

North Carolina’s Rainbow Kitten Surprise (QRO photos at a festival), or ‘RKS’, come down to Gulf Shores (after having to miss 2020) behind 2018’s How To: Friends, Love, Freefall and last year’s Mary (B-Sides).

Rainbow Kitten Surprise

Russ, 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM

Rapper Russ Vitale has been living up to the hype ever since 2017 debut There’s Really a Wolf – even as he’s also gotten into fair share of beefs…


Tove Lo, 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

Out of Stockholm, Ebba Tove Lesa Nilsson – a.k.a. Tove Lo (QRO photos at a festival) – has written for numerous other artists like Icona Pop, Ellie Goulding, and Hilary Duff, but 2013 hit single “Habits” has made her a leading lady all of her own (QRO live review). She comes to Hangout (after having to miss 2020 – QRO photos at a ’22 festival) behind last year’s Dirt Femme and her latest big tour (QRO ’23 live review).

Tove Lo

Meet Me @ The Altar, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

Originally formed by three musicians in three different states making music over the internet, the pop-punk Meet Me @ the Altar (QRO photos at a ’22 festival) have come together & were signed by Fueled By Ramen, and come to Hangout (QRO photos at a ’22 festival) after releasing this year’s Past // Present // Future.

Meet Me @ The Altar

Shein Surf Stage


Lil Nas X, 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Just four years ago, Montero Lamar Hill had a massive, out-of-nowhere, overnight hit with the singular country-rap “Old Town Road”, and the world had met Lil Nas X (QRO photos at a ‘22 festival). “Road” had the longest ever run atop the Billboard charts, with numerous remixes (including with Billy Ray Cyrus). He’s since taken his superstardom by the reins, coming out as gay and taking on the ridiculous conservative haters (as well as do a slew of commercials).

Lil Nas X

Gryffin, 6:15 PM – 7:30 PM

Remix master Dan Griffith comes to Hangout as Gryffin.



Mike., 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Stephen Sanchez, 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

The Vegabonds, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

The Vegabonds

Boom Stage


REZZ, 8:15 PM – 9:30 PM

Persian-Ukrainian by way of Canada DJ, Isabelle Rezazadeh, a.k.a. REZZ (QRO photos at a festival), comes to Hangout (QRO photos at a festival) behind 2021’s Spiral.


GloRilla, 6:30 PM – 7:15 PM

Just last year, Memphis’ GloRilla burst onto the scene with the Grammy-nominated “F.N.F. (Let’s Go)” and hit with Cardi B, “Tomorrow 2”. Anyway, Life’s Great…


Two Feet, 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Out of a jazz background, Zachary William Dess became electronic artist Two Feet, and returns to Hangout.

Two Feet


Night Tales, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

A Hundred Drums, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

A Hundred Drums

Mermaid Stage


Thundercat, 7:15 PM – 8:15 PM

Known for his psychedelic excursions, Thundercat (QRO photos at a festival) has worked with the likes of Flying Lotus, and won a Grammy working with Kendrick Lamar on To Pimp a Butterfly. He (QRO photos at a festival) has been compared to the likes of Jaco Pastorius for his precise and experimental basslines, and in 2020 (QRO photos in 2019) his fourth studio album It Is What It Is won him his own Grammy for Best Progressive R&B Album, and now comes to Hangout (QRO photos at a 2021 festival).


Jordana, 5:30 PM – 6:15 PM

Catch the sad girl bedroom pop of Jordana (QRO photos) at Hangout (QRO photos at a ’22 festival), behind last year’s Face the Wall.


Caye, 3:15 PM – 3:45 PM


Monster Beach Club


Night Tales, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Moore Kismet, 4:15 PM – 5:15 PM

Aluna, 2:15 PM – 3:15 PM

Zewmøb, 12:50 PM – 1:30 PM

Moore Kismet

Malibu Beach House


Aluna, 5:15 PM – 6:15 PM

A Hundred Drums, 3:15 PM – 4:15 PM

Harleigh Colt, 1:30 PM – 2:15 PM

Zewmøb, 12:00 PM – 12:40 PM

A Hundred Drums


Hangout Stage  

SZA, 9:45 PM

Solana Rowe, a.k.a. SZA (QRO photos at a festival), had people talking from the get-go, but that’s only been more so since 2017’s debut full-length, Ctrl, regarded as one of the albums of the year (QRO Top Albums of 2017), including playing Saturday Night Live and working with Kendrick Lamar on Black Panther’s Oscar-nominated “What Lovers Do”. And she finally won her deserved Grammy in 2000, for “Kiss Me More” with Doja Cat, and last year put out her #1 follow-up, SOS (QRO photos at a ’22 festival), now returning to Hangout.


Flume, 7:45 PM – 8:45 PM

Bringing electronics from the other side of the world is Sydney’s Harley Streten – a.k.a. Flume (QRO photos at a festival). He’s coming off winning the 2017 Grammy for Best Dance/Electronic Album for Skin, and more recently this year’s mixtape Things Don’t Always Go the Way You Plan. He plays his second Hangout (QRO photos at a ’22 festival).


AJR, 5:30 PM – 6:45 PM

Adam, Jack, and Ryan form the Manhattan DIY indie-pop trio AJR, who bring their eclectic pop back to Hangout.


COIN, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Nashville indie-pop outfit COIN (QRO live review) come to Hangout (QRO photos at a ’22 festival) behind last year’s Uncanny Valley for happy crowds (QRO photos at a ’22 festival).



Kidd G, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Kidd G

Shein Surf Stage


Paramore, 8:45 PM – 9:45 PM

You might as well just stop being a hater and embrace the pop-punk of Paramore (QRO live review). The group your little sister likes (QRO live review) may be huge, but they’re also enjoyable (QRO photos at a festival). Fronted by the singular Hayley Williams (though there have been some revolving cast members behind her since 2013’s self-titled record – QRO review), they come back to play Hangout for a second time (QRO photos at a ’22 festival) as part of their big hiatus return behind this year’s excellent This Is Why (QRO review).


Sabrina Carpenter, 6:45 PM – 7:45 PM

Sabrina Carpenter has risen at a young age from acting to music, because “Can’t Blame a Girl for Trying”, with already her fifth full-length in last year’s Emails I Can’t Send.

Sabrina Carpenter

Big Wild, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

After a trip to Big Sur in California, Boston DJ Jackson Stell became Big Wild, and finally comes to Hangout after having to miss 2020.

Big Wild

Highly Suspect, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Cape Cod rock outfit Highly Suspect (QRO photos) come to Hangout (QRO photos at a festival) behind last year’s The Midnight Demon Club (QRO photos at a ’22 festival).

Highly Suspect


flipturn, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM


Boom Stage


Ferg, 8:15 PM – 9:15 PM

From out of the acclaimed hip-hop collective A$AP Mob, New York’s Ferg (QRO photos) has made his own name (QRO photos at a festival), most recently with 2020’s Floor Seats II, and now returns to Hangout.


John Summit, 6:00 PM – 7:15 PM

One of the few people who had a good pandemic, John Schuster was fired as an accountant for spending too much time on his music in 2019 – only to have his breakout as John Summit in the following, otherwise-dark year.

John Summit

The Maine, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Tempe, Arizona’s The Maine (QRO photos at a festival) come to Hangout off of 2021’s eighth full-length, XOXO: From Love and Anxiety in Real Time.

The Maine


Dr. Fresch, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Wenzday, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Dr. Fresch

Mermaid Stage


Mariah the Scientist, 7:30 PM – 8:15 PM

Atlanta’s alternative soul artist Mariah the Scientist (QRO photos at ’21 festival) comes to Gulf Shores off of 2021’s sophomore full-length Ry Ry World.

Mariah the Scientist


Charlotte Sands, 5:15 PM – 6:00 PM

Daniel Nunnelee, 3:15 PM – 4:00 PM

Charlotte Sands

Monster Beach Club


Dr. Fresch, 7:00 PM – 7:45 PM

Ranger Trucco, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Nostalgix, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Meachie, 12;50 PM – 1:30 PM

Dr. Fresch

Malibu Beach House


Nostalgix, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Deeper Purpose, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Ranger Trucco, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Meachie, 12:00 PM – 12:40 PM



Hangout Stage  

Calvin Harris, 9:30 PM

Scottish big-name DJ Calvin Harris (QRO photos at a festival) Created Disco (QRO review), has been Ready For the Weekend for 18 Months, so get in Motion for his Funky Wav Bounces, as he finally plays Hangout (after having to cancel in 2016).

Calvin Harris

The Kid Laroi, 7:30 PM – 8:30 PM

Coming from across the Pacific to Gulf Shores is Australia’s The Kid Laroi (QRO photos at a ’22 festival), who just in 2020 became the youngest artist to ever reach the top of that country’s charts, with F*ck Love mixtape.

The Kid Laroi

The Backseat Lovers, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Utah’s Backseat Lovers (QRO live review) are Waiting To Spill at Hangout (QRO ’22 photos).

The Backseat Lovers

Yung Gravy, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

Out of the same Soundcloud rapper scene as Chief Keef and bbno$ (QRO ’22 photos with bbno$) has come hit Yung Gravy.


Beach Weather, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Yung Gravy

Shein Surf Stage


Skrillex, 8:30 PM – 9:30 PM

Originally frontman for L.A. post-hardcore outfit From First to Last, Sonny Moore – a.k.a. Skrillex (QRO photos) – has since reinvented himself as the electro-house/dubstep DJ (QRO photos), headlining all sorts of festivals (QRO photos headlining a festival), teaming up with the likes of Diplo (QRO photos together at Madison Square Garden), and even been impersonated on Saturday Night Live. He plays his third Hangout (QRO photos at a festival).


Ashnikko, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Ashnikko (QRO photos at a festival) found popularity on TikTok with her 2019 single “Stupid” with Yung Baby Tate, and comes to Hangout (QRO photos at a ’22 festival) behind this year’s debut full-length, Weedkiller.


Noah Kahan, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Check out the new folk-infused pop of Noah Kahan, coming to Hangout (QRO photos at a ’22 festival) behind last year’s Sick Season.

Noah Kahan


Jessie Murph, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

The 502s, 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

The 502s

Boom Stage


Kevin Gates, 8:00 PM – 9:00 PM

From just over in Baton Rouge (but born even closer in New Orleans) comes Kevin Gates (QRO photos at a festival). After some issues with the law & parole that were dismissed, this year he’s come roaring back (QRO photos) with Khaza.

Kevin Gates

Mayday Parade, 6:00 PM – 7:00 PM

Tallahassee’s Mayday Parade (QRO photos) goes more for the straight rock ‘n’ roll, but still with some of the emo-skate northern Florida is known for (QRO ’22 live review in Florida). They come over to Gulf Shoes behind last year’s What It Means To Fall Apart.

Mayday Parade

Said the Sky, 4:00 PM – 5:00 PM

Spinning the tables at Hangout will be Trevor Christensen, a.k.a. Said the Sky, off of last year’s sophomore full-length, Sentiment.

Said the Sky

Hippie Sabotage, 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Sacramento brothers Jeff & Kevin Saurer form EDM duo Hippie Sabotage, and return to Hangout.


SFAM, 12:00 PM – 1:00 PM

Hippie Sabotage

Mermaid Stage


Priscilla Block, 7:15 PM – 8:00 PM

Gashi, 5:15 PM – 6:00 PM

Sam Fischer, 3:15 PM – 4:00 PM

Priscilla Block

Monster Beach Club


Elohim, 6:30 PM – 7:30 PM

Los Angeles electro-pop songstress Elohim comes back to Hangout behind her beautiful self-titled debut and 2023’s Journey To the Center of Myself Vol. 1 EP (QRO review).



It’s Murph, 4:30 PM – 5:30 PM

Honeyluv, 2:30 PM – 3:30 PM

Grant Fisher, 12:50 PM – 1:30 PM


Malibu Beach House


Honeyluv, 5:30 PM – 6:30 PM

Rossy, 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM

It’s Murph, 1:30 PM – 2:30 PM

Grant Fisher, 12:00 PM – 12:40 PM