With dozens of artists across six stages, where do you begin when trying to plan your weekend at Hangout Fest? WEGL has you covered, giving you five of our favorites from each stage with all the information you need to set your schedule.
Check out our five favorite artists for The BMI Mermaid Stage.
Briston Maroney 7:00pm on Friday 5/20
Energetic and rowdy, Briston Maroney has embodies the spirit of rock since he smashed onto the scene with his debut studio album, Sunflower. Touring near-nonstop ever since, he's been steadily building his name with fans across the world from his wild performances, heartfelt lyrics, and genuine personality. His fast-paced rise will soon see him hitting bigger and bigger stages, so don't miss him now because you're sure to regret it.
For Fans Of: Manchester Orchestra, Michigander, Mt. Joy
Song To Check Out: It's Still Cool If You Don't
Blu DeTiger 7:15pm on Sunday 5/22
A name you might not know yet, but certainly will soon, is Blue DeTiger. With a few TikTok hits under her belt, Blu has been gaining notoriety in the alternative-verse thanks to producer Jack Antonoff. Appearing on Saturday Night Live with Jack's band Bleachers, Blu was opened up to a whole new world of fans. Expect this performance to be remembered as one of the coolest up and coming artists of the entire festival.
For Fans Of: Claud, Royal & The Serpent, Bleachers
Song To Check Out: Vintage
Hastings 3:15pm on Saturday 5/21
Close to the bottom of the billing for the entire festival, Hastings is another name you likely haven't heard of, but you've definitely heard music from. Songs "Blanks Me" and "Chapstick" have both done rounds online and the twenty-something artist just toured in support of The Band CAMINO's sold out North American tour. Hastings is still in the infancy of their career, but don't expect them to stay that way for long.
For Fans Of: LANY, flor, COIN
Song To Check Out: Blank Me
Koffee 8:45pm on Friday 5/20
Grammy Award winning reggae artist Koffee has built a name for herself in her home country of Jamaica. However, her 2019 album Rapture has since shoved her into the spotlight on a global scale. A powerful vocalist with a knack for easygoing groove, Koffee has brought reggae back into the cultural zeitgeist in way that few since the late Bob Marley have. If you're looking for something new to spice up your Hangout weekend, Koffee is the one to do it.
For Fans Of: Chronixx, Kabaka Pyramid, Lila Iké
Song To Check Out: Rapture
Joy Oladokun 5:30pm on Sunday 5/22
Folk meets R'n'B meets soul and jazz, Joy Oladokun brings it all. The Arizona native has made a name for herself in both the indie country and R'n'B worlds as a queer woman of color. Her self expression of identity is evident in her sophomore release, in defense of my own happiness, a double album. Opening for artists like Jason Isbell & The 400 Unit, Maren Morris, Leon Bridges, and many more, Joy has just recently set out on her first ever headline tour. Expect her to become a mainstay in the world of music.
For Fans Of: Allison Russell, Yola, The War and Treaty
Song To Check Out: Keeping The Light On
Check out our selections from the other five stages below: