The three-day event, which is held on the scenic beaches at Gulf Shores, Alabama, gets a thumbs up from city authorities on the basis of a few conditions
The Hangout Beach Music & Art Festival has set an example of how festivals can not only contribute to local economies but also help in create civic awareness and initiate social change.
The past few months saw the organisers and the civic officials of Gulf Shores engaging on many levels to decide the fate of the beach event. Thankfully, according to a news report, “with a unanimous vote, the Hangout Music Festival now has a home in Gulf Shores through the end of the decade.”
The authority acknowledged that the music festival, which has been held on the white sands of the Gulf Shores beach since 2010, has been successful. However, to obtain the extension, the organisers had to say yes to two main conditions.
First is that the city will take a small percentage of the revenue from 2017, and second, a zero drug policy. The city officials have demanded the organisers not condone any substance abuse and also not book artistes that have a history of on-stage drug use.
Imposing an age restriction has also been agreed upon. Starting next year, persons under 18 will be be allowed on festival grounds.
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