The Boom Boom Tent
When you first ate ice cream as a little kid, you were probably like “whoa, what is this and how come I can’t have it all the time.” That’s how we felt about the Boom Boom during HOMF. Situated right outside the beach, we were at first skeptical. After all, most of the bigger shows were on the beach itself, and as a side benefit when you’d be moving and grooving, you could anchor yourself in the sand. We move and groove a lot here at F4L by the way. But then, the combination of the high ceilings, and more importantly, the water falling from the ceiling randomly like artificial rain was refreshing and amped up the atmosphere. Our two favorites from this tent were Galantis and Lost Kings.
Galantis and Odesza
Speaking of Galantis and Odesza, these two artists always put on a great show. As early adopters of Odesza and because, let’s be honest, it makes us feel really cool when we’re proven right, Odesza is a personal favorite here at F4L. From smaller stages at smaller festivals to now having a marching band playing with them during their set, the band continues to set the bar higher and higher. We could not recommend going to see them more at one of the best venues in the U.S. at Red Rocks on June 15th and June 16th. With Galantis, we already mentioned the amazing atmosphere in the tent, but it was their set that made all the difference. Combining some of their upbeat hits while still able to slow things down, the Swedish duo probably realized that we all had “No Money” after the festival but made us not care.
Sour Punch Popup – Embrace Your Punch
Obviously biased here, but if Sour Punch is not my favorite candy, it is absolutely in the top five. After all, as someone who loves him some versatility, the combo of being able to use it as both a normal food and a drinking utensil is something that cannot be overstated. What we also loved about this particular popup, along with the free candy, was the simple, yet powerful, message they were trying to bring to Hangout. The “Embrace Your Punch” campaign is recognizing that we are all different and that we just needed to be kind to one another. What a better way to do that than with some Sour Punch at Hangout.
The Music… but also everything else
With its combination of different music and vibes, the lineup at Hangout lived up to the billing as one of the best of the summer. However, what we really think put the cherry on top, was the other activities and opportunities to relax. Whether it was the banana hammocks, random giant swan pool toys, or the roller rink, the organizers of the festival realize that it’s a lot about the music, but it’s not all about the music.
The People and the Pool
Whether it’s at sporting events or music festivals, if there is a pool next to other things to do when it’s kind of hot, you can do no wrong. For those of you who were lucky enough to be in VIP, watching the bands perform from that vantage point is incredible. If you’re someone who can spend that extra bit of cash, we definitely recommend. That being said, what made the festival is the people, plain and simple. For the most part, if you’re going to Hangout, making the trek to a small town in Alabama is a commitment that means you really want to be there. Especially in a time when most of us are glued to our phones, standing on a beach next to tens of thousands of people from all over, maybe making a couple of friends along the way, and listening to Zedd do Michael Jackson remixes, well it’s just hard to beat that.