Matt and Kim at Hangout Fest 2014. Photo by: Matthew McGuire
Matt and Kim at Hangout Fest 2014. Photo by: Matthew McGuire

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The additional 5,000 attendees at the Hangout Music Festival stretched the festival grounds to new limits on Friday and Saturday. Chance the Rapper cancelled due to illness, and Moon Taxi will be shutting down the Red Bull Stage.

Friday evening concluded with two over-the-top sets featuring STS9 and The Black Keys. Vintage rock fans consumed the buzz surrounding the Hangout Stage. Their was minor technical difficulties in the first song, but were evened out quickly into the set.

Dance hungry, electronic music fans packed the Boom Boom Tent. It was my first time watching STS9 with David M., their formed bassist. After watching the set, it feels the band continues to push new ground in all directions.

Saturday got rolling with The Black Cadillacs on the Red Bull Sound Select Stage in the early afternoon hours. Their pulsating rock brought out the best in the crowd surrounding the stage.

NEEDTOBREATHE from South Caroline brought a hip-shaking, southern rock to the Hangout Stage on Saturday. The crowd laughed and cheered along with the band in the hot sun.

ALO brought their A game to the Palladia Stage just after 2:30 on Saturday. The Bay Area rockers kept the crowd wanting more for the entire set. They played classic favorites: Walls of Jericho, Plastic Bubble and Sounds like This. Their set was the best I have seen the band perform live. 2014 should be an interesting year for ALO.

Best gig ever. – Zach Gill

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Tommy Trash kept the BPM cracked up for his set in the Boom Boom Tent midday Saturday. He remixed contemporary sounds of Justice and threw in his original material as well. The set was a hot mess around the outside of the tent in the best way possible.

Matt and Kim stole Saturday with an unforgettable performance on the Chevrolet Stage. They performed their larger than life music for the crowd and came to the conclusion that it was their best show of the year.

This is our best show of the year, and I don’t just say that. I don’t know how any festival is going to top this. – Matt

The Killers, Pretty Lights, Wild Belle and many more are still up for the day. Make sure to stop by the Red Bull Stage at 7:15 for Moon Taxi’s special set