If there’s one thing that I will rally my energy for at a music festival, no matter how hot or tired I become, even at the risk of having to be carried away at the end, it’s dancing. At Hangout, the appropriately named Boom Boom Tent serves as the weekend’s hip-hopping dance chamber, home to everything from Macklemore & Ryan Lewis “poppin’ tags,” to Ra Ra Riot bellowing “Come and dance with me, pretty sweet fool!”
Still, seasoned fest-goers know the tent isn’t the only place to get your dance on. In fact, some of the best dancing happens far outside of the tent. Just remember, if you hear the beat building, run toward it, because it’s about to drop. And when it drops, you’ll want to be there to break it down.
With that, here are a few of the weekend’s choice dance sessions:
Yes, a total wildcard. But any act that cites having climate scientists describing its sound as “a mother effing fun bomb that goes off inside of you,” deserves a listen, right? Videos show the real Lance Armstrong hopping on stage with the band to play drums last month at Austin Reggae Fest. Now, while I don’t foresee the real Lance making it down for Hangout, Lance Herbstrong promises enough entertainment and psychedelic dancing all on its own.
Friday, 11:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., Boom Boom Tent
If you are thinking, “Wait, there is no DJ involved, how do I dance to Passion Pit?” turn on their classic track “I’ve Got Your Number” and then come back and talk to me. Although not touted as a dance band, there are plenty of electro-pop grooves to go around. The moves are sure to find you.
Friday, 6:15 – 7:30 p.m., Hangout Stage
Bassnectar Get ready to go womp womp with Hangout veteran Bassnectar. No, I’m not talking about crying. I’m talking dubstep! Known for light shows, live performances and community engagement, which I take to mean bodies on bodies dancing, what more could you ask for on a Saturday night? Saturday, 7:30 – 8:45 p.m., Chevrolet Stage
I hope he tells the crowd how to pronounce his name so that everyone can stop referring to him as “The Harlem Shake Guy.” While it is his claim to fame and certainly his most viral song to date, I am betting he has plenty more where that came from since he has been producing from the time he was a teenager. Either way, grab your sunglasses and any props you can find and “Do the Harlem Shake” until you can’t shake anymore.
Sunday, 1:15 – 2:15 p.m., Boom Boom Tent
I can’t say with confidence that I know how to properly pronounce Aoki either, but what I do know is that this world class American electro house DJ and producer is right up there with his European counterparts, such as Italian Benny Benassi. Benassi may be bringing the noise at the Hangout kickoff party Thursday night, but Aoki graces the Boom Boom Tent with an unforgettable grand finale Sunday night.
Sunday, 5:15 – 6:30 p.m., Boom Boom Tent