hangout fest 2016 florence photo by kristian tapia

Hangout Fest 2016 at Gulf Shores, AL

Hangout Fest returned to Gulf Shores, AL for its seventh year on the sands of the Gulf Coast despite the troublesome weather predictions.

The Weeknd kicked off the Hangout Fest on Friday night with an unforgettable performance that drove the crowd wild. The “Can’t Feel My Face” star hit the stage, and the crowd sang along with intensity that could be heard for miles as the Gulf waters amplified the sounds of the show.

On Saturday, Calvin Harris was forced to cancel his performance after being involved in a car accident in Los Angeles. MC’s January cover act Panic! At the Disco took Harris’ place at the main stage, wowing the audience and made everyone wonder why they weren’t originally the headlining act.

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The closing day of the Fest consisted of many highly anticipated acts. Fetty Wap got the crowd hyped early in the day. Haim rocked out bringing Cali style to the Gulf Coast with their effortlessly cool presence. Lenny Kravitz took the stage with an energetic set playing “American Woman” that showed off his veteran status. Ellie Goulding returned for a second year to perform her hit songs. Florence Welch closed out the show stunning the crowd with her ethereal energy and outstanding vocals.

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Text and photos by Kristian Tapia

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