Another year of Hangout Fest is behind us, and the third day really emphasized laid-back beach jams and arena-pop hits with acts ranging from Jack Johnson and Portugal. The Man to Bastille and Capital Cities, all leading up to the band everyone wanted to see: Outkast. Check out a few highlights from the final day at the fest below, and take a peek at photographer Mark C. Austin’s images in the gallery by clicking above.
Opening up the main stage on Sunday was singer-songwriter Josh Farrow, whose raspy voice made for easy listening as we nursed our hangovers and prepared for a final day packed with new bands. Farrow was vocal about his excitement in performing at the fest, noting that the previous year he’d gotten engaged at that very stage. It was a sweet moment, and songs like “The Worryin’ Kind” held a certain tenderness that I left me interested to check out Farrow’s music even after I leave the beach. —Dacey Orr
St. Paul and the Broken Bones
They played on the smallest stage at Hangout, but that didn’t stop Alabama’s own St. Paul and the Broken Bones from drawing a large, enthusiastic crowd. Frontman Paul Janeway’s voice was fantastic as always, and on top of plenty of tracks off of their album Half the City, the soul band paid tribute to the greats that came before them by covering a healthy dose of Sam Cooke and Otis Redding, including closing their set with a rousing rendition of “Try a Little Tenderness.” —Bonnie Stiernberg
The Avett Brothers
The Avett Brothers always bring to their performances an balanced dose of buoyant energy and emotional weight, and this set on the beach was no different: we all jumped up and down to banjo-bangin’ songs like “Slight Figure of Speech” and “My Heart Like a Kickdrum” the same way we swayed to slower (yet equally powerful) songs like “Vanity” and “I And Love And You.” A particularly fun moment was, of course, “At the Beach,” a fitting song for the setting, and The Avett Brothers left first-time viewers raving (I walked behind a few particularly awe-struck bros afterward) and longtime fans (er, me) reaffirmed of the band’s ability to command an audience. —Dacey Orr
“If this isn’t nice, I don’t know what is,” said Jack Johnson to the crowd in the midst of his set at dusk, and it was hard not to agree. Johnson’s height of popularity may be a few years behind us, but you wouldn’t know it by the expansive crowd at Hangout’s second-largest stage. There are few places Johnson fits into the landscape better than on the beach, and the feel-good tunes felt like a perfect fit as the sun went down. He scaled through the newer songs like “I Got You” and old standards like “Bubble Toes” and even tossed in a cover of Steve Miller Band’s “The Joker,” creating the gleeful, carefree kind of sing-along atmosphere that brought him into the spotlight in the first place. —Dacey Orr
Whatever doubts resulted from their Coachella set earlier this year were immediately erased when Andre 3000 (sporting an Andy Warhol-esque blonde wig, a jacket that read “Big girls are beautiful to me” and a giant price tag that said “Sold Out”) and Big Boi finally appeared on the Hangout Stage and tore into “B.O.B.” Twenty years of hits followed from there, including “Gasoline Dreams,” “Rosa Parks,” “Ms. Jackson,” “The Way You Move,” “So Fresh So Clean,” “Hey Ya” and “Roses.” When the duo brought out Killer Mike for “The Whole World,” a guy behind me immediately started weeping with joy—and you know what? I don’t really blame him. —Bonnie Stiernberg