We just got back from Hangout Fest 2014, and I am so tan (read: sunburnt)! Aren’t the best work functions the ones where you don’t have to wear pants all weekend? I was shooting a second round of street style for Paste as well as covering the shows, but here are some of the outtakes (from my phone and camera).
Good morning, Hangout! This was before the festival was underway on Thursday morning. What a great balcony view from the 7th floor!
Every morning Bonnie and I had breakfast at the mexican place across the street from our hotel. Quesadillas and beer at 10 AM=kind of like breakfast?
I liked watching the shows and getting work done from the balcony (aint nobody got time to fight through a crowd, unless it’s for Outkast). My office for the weekend!
The sheer size of the crowd: I think this was for Wiz Khalifa. At least 12,000 people were RSVPing to shows with the app, but I think there were about 20,000 people in attendance. Which is a ton, but actually about a quarter of the UGA football stadium, for perspective.
On Saturday, Diarrhea Planet (yes, actual band name) brought out doughnut innertubes during their set and threw them into the audience for people to crowd surf. Bonnie snagged me one and we took it to our hotel pool!
Matt & Kim were so fantastic—I really loved seeing performers look like they were having SO MUCH FUN on stage. They tossed out little beach balls…
And then these massive ones!
Kim danced on the hands of the audience; they really held her up like that for a minute. I loved them. I wished the show would never end.
Later on, The Flaming Lips brought out these massive duckies (among other shenanigans) during their show. They were more fun than the innertubes, I think, because they were harder to run away with. People made out like bandits with those innertubes (oops).
We had free oysters one day for lunch—there used to be oysters in this picture, but someone ate them before I could take a picture (it was me).
Folks in the media tent, working hard!
Dacey, me, and Bonnie just, you know, hanging out in the VIP area.
The sun was so bright, photographs of the sky turned out really beautiful (neither of these are Photoshopped).
I didn’t get to ride the ferris wheel, but maybe next year! There were a bunch of random fun activities apart from the music—a drop ride similar to Acrophobia at Six Flags, and a huge waterslide. Not to mention the various sponsor booths giving away tons of free swag.
It’s been real, Hangout! I think I might be ready now to attend Bonnaroo in June.