Hangout Music Festival to Donatea
Gulf Shores, Alabama - In light of the Deepwater Horizon Oil Spill affecting the Gulf Coast, the Hangout Beach Music and Arts Festival will be donating all profits to regional coastal cleanup and preservation.
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#1 May 12, 2010
Such an generous thing to declare seeing as how they won't even break even, let alone see a profit. They are simply hoping some advertising propaganda will spur on ticket sales for the weekend when the oil comes ashore in Alabama. All these people at the festival and not a beach to swim at. Such a shame. The promoters need to stop burying their heads in the sand and face the fact that this fest cannot proceed in the area it is scheduled for. Isn't there somewhere else it can be moved to?
#2 May 18, 2010
Dear Oregon-Man21, Haven't seen the P&L statement for the fest, but I was there and it was the best festival I have ever been to and that number tops 10 and includes Bonaroos, Music Midtown's in ATL, SXSW, and other smaller fests. Seems like there could have been a larger crowd, but what do you expect with recent events.The weather was perfect minus some showers Sunday morning and there was NO OIL. There is nothing better than chillin in the sand - drink in hand, watching the waves roll in as you listen to great bands all weekend long. The organizers did an incredible job and I hope so much that this is a possibility in the future.
#3 May 18, 2010
I was there and stayed on the beach, a few buildings down from the festival. It was a beautiful weekend but I disagree with atlroc81, there were signs of the oil spill. If you happened to go out for a walk on the beach, in the morning as the tide was rolling in, you would have seen some funky looking brown foam that came in with the tide. It was different than the usual foam that contains algae or in many cases is a result of fish spawning. It was sturdier and had a definite rainbow iridescence to it. The local news insisted that the foam was present because it is spawning season but I don't buy that. I've seen that kind of foam and this was very different. Where the foam landed on shore, there were also brown/black streaks in the wet sand. Just prior to the festival, large tarballs washed up on shore at Orange Beach, among a couple other local beaches and were promptly cleaned up by men in head to toe haz-mat suits. Most people didn't realize that but the tarballs were reported on the local news, on the 12th of May and kept below the radar by the locals. Nobody in that area wanted to do or say anything that might discourage potential attendees and lessen the profits they stood to make on that important weekend. Things are going to be pretty bleak from here on out for the businesses in Gulf Shores AL.
The signs of oil were there, if you were looking for them and will increase quickly as the days go by. It is such a shame as the beauty of the area's beaches was outstanding. I hope they recover quickly.
#4 May 18, 2010
The water was pristine fool! Don't be so negative and don't say what you don't know! The Hangout festival was awesome!
#5 May 20, 2010
Don't call me a fool. There is never any need to resort to name calling. It usually makes you look like an ignoramus when you do resort to it.
I was there too. I stayed on the beach about 100 yards from the festival. I walked on the beach each morning shortly after sunrise while you were still sleeping or nursing your hangover. I walked again before lunch. I saw what I saw. I've lived near the ocean and I know about the ocean, seas and what is normal to be floating about.
I will report what I saw as is myright. I am being respectful which is more than I can say for you. I have every right to report it in a realistic manner and the truth is that a realistic manner in this case is going to be negative. I don't see why you need to sugar coat something that has already gone past. The weekend is over. The concerts were great but there were signs of the oil spill. Either you work for BP or just like to bury your head in the sand...pun totally intended.
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