“I don’t want to leave the Hangout” yelled Grace Potter of “Grace Potter and the Nocturnals,” halfway through the band’s Friday afternoon set. “I want to stay here forever with all you beautiful people.”
Potter’s quote pretty much sums up the feelings of both the musicians and participants of this year’s Hangout Music Fest. Boasting sold-out ticket sales (35,000 tickets) and practically sold out room accommodations from Fort Morgan to Orange Beach, nobody can claim the event was not a success.
The weekend festivities began Thursday evening at the pre-party, open to those who opted for the extra night’s ticket, giving those in attendance a sneak peak of what was to come. Friday, the opening day of the festival, could have been described as hectic but fun, with thousands of people excitedly waiting outside the gate to exchange their paper tickets for the 3-day wristband before the festival’s 1 pm start time.
“The priority is the fan experience,” Shaul Zislin, the festival’s founder, told a Press-Register reporter Friday evening, and it was obvious to all that this was one amazing experience.
Crowds were filled with people from all over the globe, and the eclectic lineup surely brought first time Gulf Shores visitors to our beautiful destination. Those who were unable to procure tickets could still share in the experience with festival-goers as local radio stations and even Spin.com were providing on-air commentary and live video streams directly from the venue.
From the standpoint of a vacation rental business, the crowds that came for the festival made it seem like the Fourth of July came early this year. People started piling into the Kaiser Realty parking lot around 3 am, according to the first couple of parties checking-in, but the fun didn’t officially start until lunch time. Our lobby quickly became filled with excitement as large groups of festival goers began to check-in for their stay. Most people opted for the Thursday to Monday reservation, but Friday still brought large amounts of people checking-in and picking up tickets.
Purchasing your tickets through Kaiser Realty was one of the other luxuries that we offered our guests. They had the option to book their room(s) and purchase tickets all at the same time, making the entire process of check-in and ticket collection much less time consuming. We also were able to offer a “Hangout Concierge” Thursday afternoon at our offices that allowed our guests, and other ticket holders, to exchange their tickets for their 3-day wristbands, eliminating the need to stand in line on Friday outside of the festival.
With buzz already surrounding next year’s Hangout Music Fest, we are excited to see what the future will bring. As always, be sure to stay tuned in to Kaiser Realty’s blog, Facebook and Twitter pages for all info surrounding future events, specials and the latest and greatest Gulf Coast information.
C’mon and have a ball with us!