Residents of Alabama, other Gulf Coast states, and beyond are invited to head to the beach this weekend for three days of sun, music and oil spill relief. Starting this Friday, May 14, The Hangout Music and Arts Festival in Gulf Shores, Alabama, will kick off as planned, with all profits being donated to coastal protection and restoration.
Rather than being deterred by BP’s massive oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, The Hangout Festival’s producers have been motivated by it, urging everyone concerned about the oil to listen to live music from dozens of renown artists while enjoying the beach and participating in a number of opportunities to help the threatened Gulf Coast.
“As a large scale festival taking place on the front line of this disaster, the Hangout Festival on the beaches of Gulf Shores is the best venue for uniting people in the name of coastal recovery,” the festival’s website says.
“The waters are still emerald green, the sands are still pure white and the sun is still shining bright,” which, according to the producers, provides not only the perfect venue for a music festival, but an attractive opportunity to confront an ugly problem – an oily disaster that is “both heartbreaking and of urgent public importance.”
The festival will feature national headliners and Grammy winners, all of whom have rallied behind the cause of environmental preservation, corporate responsibility, and the preservation of coastal communities and livelihoods.
Additionally, the festival will include a three-pronged effort aimed at Gulf Coast recovery by organizing cleanup volunteers (those who receive training will be admitted to the festival free), raising pubic awareness, and fund raising opportunities to help the people, communities, and habitats that have been or will be harmed by the Deepwater Horizon oil spill.
“Now more than ever, the people of the Gulf Coast need their country’s support,” the festival producers said. Many of the area’s delicate ecological systems are still in recovery after Hurricane Katrina made a direct hit in the vicinity in 2005. The oil growing oil spill that looms off the Alabama coast could create an environmental and economic disaster that could be felt for generations.
Festival attendees are urged to bring donations and supplies and drop them off at a booth set up by the organization HeadCount. The list of supplies needed includes:
- Baby blankets
- Heating pads (without auto shut-off if possible)
- Large Rubbermaid containers with lids
- Heating lamps
- Rubbermaid roughs (can be purchased at tractor Supply)
- Large backyard portable pools like found at WalMart
For tickets, directions, performance schedule, and other information, please visit the festival’s website at http://www.hangoutmusicfest.com