Hangout Music Festival 2014: Photos + Recap - Friday

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Hangout Music Festival 2014: Photos + Recap - Friday

It’s pretty impossible not to have a good time at Hangout Festival, what with the beautiful scenery, the sunny weather and the all-around good-natured vibes of the participants. Day one of the festival was exactly as oh-my-gosh-is-this-my-life wonderful as expected: sets from ATL neighbors The Black Lips all the way to closers The Black Keys entertained, and we’re eager to see what day two holds. Check out photographer Mark C. Austin’s images from day one of the festival in the gallery by clicking above, and keep reading for the low-down on some of our favorite shows.

Black Lips
From everything we know about the Black Lips, it seems unlikely that they’d even be awake before 12:30, but sure enough, that’s when their set kicked off on Friday at the Palladia stage. It was a relatively tame one by Black Lips standards—no nudity, only one beer can lobbed from the stage into the crowd—but that didn’t make it any less effective. The band tore through some new stuff from Underneath the Rainbow like “Drive-By Buddy,” as well as a healthy dose of Arabia Mountain material (“Family Tree,” “Modern Art,” “New Direction”), before closing with the one-two punch of “Bad Kids” and “O Katrina.” —Bonnie Stiernberg

RAC
I walked into RAC’s set not knowing much about them beyond the fact that the name stands for Remix Artist Collective. As you might’ve guessed, they play danceable live remixes of other people’s songs (their take on Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zeros’ “Home” was a big hit with the crowd). It’s only when they played some original stuff that they lost me; when the keyboardist stepped to the front of the stage to sing “Seventeen,” she was more than a little out of tune. But when they stuck to what they do best, RAC was worth venturing into the Boom Boom Tent for a quick dance break. —Bonnie Stiernberg

Ingrid Michaelson
Ingrid Michaelson has a large and devoted following alone, but what made her set work at Hangout is how many of her songs the masses knew without realizing it: songs like “Everybody Wants to Love” and “Be OK” are so accessible and pervasive in TV and commercials, even the casual observer on a blanket in the back could have his or her moment to jump up and knowingly shout the words. It was a buoyant, fun set, and Michaelson made plenty of jokes about the “pretty girls in bikinis” getting in trouble for sitting on shoulders to see the show. The high point of the performance was “Afterlife,” a track from Michaelson’s latest release Lights Out. She guided the audience into a momentus sing-along, making for a more upbeat experience than I’d expected from a singer-songwriter. —Dacey Orr

Valerie June
Timing can be everything at a festival, and those midday slots can be brutal. People have been drinking and standing in the sun all day, and by 3 p.m., they’re often wandering, looking for some food and a reprieve from the hottest part of the afternoon. But Valerie June was exactly what we needed at that time, her smooth roots-folk vocals washing over the crowd and allowing us to sit down, catch our breath, enjoy the sunshine and—most importantly—enjoy gorgeous tunes like “Tennessee Time” and her cover of Sam Cooke’s “Bring It On Home to Me.” —Bonnie Stiernberg

Dawes
When festival season rolls around, Dawes is a band that just doesn’t quit. Taylor Goldsmith is just a good time to watch on stage—it’s clear he has a blast playing for the enormous audience, and although the band shares the spotlight well (after their own set, they turned right around to back Conor Oberstfor the second weekend in a row), these fans were all their own. They introduced a few new songs and took a minute to express their gratitude to festival and its crowd, which welcomed them back warmly this year after an appearance a few years back at a much smaller stage. —Dacey Orr

Wiz Khalifa
By Wiz Khalifa’s 5 p.m. slot, everybody had settled into the laid-back vibes that Hangout has to offer, and the sweat-drench masses showed up, seeming to keep their hands in the air for the duration of the set. Party anthems like “No Sleep” and “Young, Wild & Free” were a perfect fit for a crowd on the brink of getting wild as the sun went down: It was impossible not to sing along, bounce around and have a good time, and Wiz’s demeanor on-stage mirrored the fun had in the audience. —Dacey Orr

Childish Gambino
“What’s the name of this city?” Donald Glover asked the crowd. “Gulf Shore?” It took him a few tries to nail it down, but once he did, he launched into an impressive Hangout-themed freestyle as the sun began to set on Friday, and the massive amount of people who came to see Childish Gambino (the Boom Boom Tent crowd spilled all the way out into the surrounding walkways and nearby food areas) ate it all up. He may have left the now-canceled Community this season, but Donald Glover’s here to stay. —Bonnie Stiernberg

The Black Keys
If you’ve followed The Black Keys for any period of time that goes back further than their last album cycle, you’re probably a little stunned by the fact that they’re now selling out Madison Square Garden and headlining festivals. They didn’t quite fill their two-hour slot at Hangout, taking the stage about 15 minutes late, but it didn’t matter. They drew a crowd of approximately 40,000 people and played some Turn Blue material—including “Gotta Get Away”—live for the first time, so they had to be feeling pretty good. The sea of people who turned out to see The Black Keys seemed to love every minute of it, especially older songs like “Next Girl” and “Tighten Up” and El Camino hits “Gold on the Ceiling” and “Lonely Boy.” —Bonnie Stiernberg