The Kingston Springs, formed out of high school boredom in their namesake town, The Kingston Springs are living the dream. They started playing together in the summer of 2008, released “The Vacation Time EP” in 2010 and were playing Lollapalooza and Austin City Limits in 2011. Celebrating the April release of their first album, “Secret Game,” the band impressed both their audience at the BMI stage at Hangout and their hometown fans through a series of Nashville shows. The Kingston Springs teamed up with Red Bull Sound Select team for The Basement to The Beach showcase also featuring Moon Taxi and Chancellor Warhol.We met up with the band before their set at The Basement for a quick little chat.
L100: “Tell me about your first show in Nashville .”
KS: “Our first show in Nashville was really cool, ’cause it was in a small place. And it;s cool to do those shows because it’s pretty intimate, and dark, and it’s really different than playing outside. And it’s more, it’s personal.”
L100: “Is it easier to make fans at these small, intimate shows?
KS: “Actually it seems like we get more fans at festivals and places that you’re playing, because if you’re playing outside it’s definitely more people and it’s bigger, and there’s more fans that come to that, I guess. But venues, whether you’re in town or out on tour, it’s more random, I guess. And you can affect a crowd if they haven’t heard you before. It’s fun.”
L100: “What’s the largest crowd you guys have ever played in front of?”
KS: “We just played Memphis in May last weekend and – no wait”
“Probably Live on the Green.”
“yeah, yeah it was Live on the Green. Um I think that was like, five or six thousand.”
“it was cool too, because it was our hometown so that was nice.”
L100: “Talk to me a little bit how it’s different, playing hometown shows to these festivals?”
KS: “Well, definitely the festival shows are always a whole new crowd, so that’s pretty cool and it’s definitely kind of a bigger stage and just bigger crowd which is a whole different environment, cause at home you know we play a lot of house parties and smaller venues and so the vibe is definitely different the more intimiate crowd, to being on a stage taller than everybody, it’s a little different but they’re both good. Festivals are fun.”
“Yeah and you know whenever you’re playing shows either at home or just in venues in other states, people go there to see you, I guess, just to see that one show but here it’s like so many people stumble upon you, their vibe is completely different. But uh, it’s always good.”
“I remember being at like Lolla 2010 or something and stumbling upon Mumford and Sons and Black Angels before they were really well-known and that’s how I discovered these bands. It’s pretty cool.”
L100: “Is there anything special about playing on the beach? Is theere anything different about playing Hangout that you”ve noticed?”
KS : “Um, different vibes, playing on the beach for sure. Um I mean of course this breeze is just great. Yeah and just everybody’s- I don’t know, it’s just beachy. It’s different. You’re playing on a beach. I don’t normally play on a beach if you’re us I guess.”
We caught up with the guys with The Kingston Springs at their hotel, like the creepy stalkers we are, for a beach side performance before their set. Please take notice that we are not touching the dunes, no dunes were hurt in the filming of this take away show.
After cleaning all of the sand out of our camera lenses, tripods, computers(some how), and other places we don’t care to mention, Lightning 100 is able to start posting our backstage performances at 2013 Hangout Music Fest. Nashville artists were definitely representing at the festival this year performing at small/major stages and even the shuttle buses. The Nashville lineup included Moon Taxi, The Kingston Springs, Chancellor Warhol, The Weeks, Luella and the Sun, Josh Farrow, Wild Cub, The Wild Feathers, and a few others that were just enjoying the festival. Click here to check out photos from the festival! We’ve got more backstage performances coming!
Lightning 100 understands that everyone needs a vacation. Sign up now for Ultimate Hangout Music Festival Vacation Pack and you could win two tickets to the festival and hotel stay at Meyers Vacations Rentals for the weekend! Hangout Music Festival is May 17th – 19th in Gulf Shores Alabama featuring Tom Petty and the Heart Breakers, Steve Wonder, Kings of Leon, The Shins, Jim James, and more! The Hangout Festival is the first and only music festival of it’s kind in North America. Located directly on the white sandy beaches of Gulf Shores, AL. The festival treats guests to a unique festival experience and consistently features a diverse selection of top touring artists. Participates must sign up before April 22nd at noon(CST) to be eligible to win.
General Admission tickets, plus VIP, Super VIP and Big Kahuna festival passes, will go on sale beginning on Friday, February 15 at 11:00 AM ET at www.hangoutmusicfest.com/tickets. Fans should act quickly, as the festival is expected to sell out of all tickets at all price levels. Daily tickets will not be available, and tickets will not be available at the door. The limited number of “Early Bird” tickets and passes sold out within five minutes of going on sale in December, and last year’s Fest sold out of all general admission tickets in less than two weeks after going on sale.
Lightning 100 has been to every Hangout Music Festival! Check out our coverage over the years.
Lightning 100 has been at every Bonnaroo Music and Arts Festival since it began in 2002! Tune in to 100.1 FM or Lightning100.com for backstage performances and a live broadcast Thursday through Saturday from noon to 2pm and a re-cap Sunday at 10pm after Nashville Sunday Night. Visit our festival blog for photos from Lightning 100 artists, backstage performances, video coverage, and show reviews. See you at the Roo! Click here to see every backstage at Bonnaroo videos! Why stop there….check out the videos we did at Hangout and Deluna Fest too!
We ran into The Lumineers backstage at Hangout Music Fest and grabbed them before their interview with the evil corporation known as Sirius Radio. We did a quick performance with the guys on the 5th floor of The Phoenix inside of the Hangout Festival. You’ve been hearing “Ho Hey” on Lightning 100, so we asked the guys to perform a different song from the album. Check out their second single entitled “Slow it Down” live at Hangout Fest. What do you think? Would you like to hear it on 100.1 FM? Let us know.
The first band we met up with at Hangout Music Festival were our friends from Nashville The Kingston Springs. The guys kicked off the festival on Thursday night at The Hangout pre-party. We decided to do a video with the guys on top of the sky bar at Hangout Music Festival. Check out this backstage performance of “Kinda Shaken” at Hangout Music Fest.
We had several different ideas for a backstage performance with Cherub at Hangout Music Fest. After debating the logistics of a jet ski performance and finding out that they’ve already done a bathroom session in Mexico, we went with the hot tub idea. It was the end of the festival and everyone just wanted to do a little relaxing. After carrying around 30 pounds of gear up and down the beach all weekend, I was all for this idea. Cherub perform an acoustic performance of “Hold Me” right before The Flaming Lips were about to take the stage to perform Dark Side of the Moon.
”Hey bros, you want to get into the hot tub and play some music?”
Filmed by Brian Waters and Victor Huckabee
Edited by Brian Waters
Hangout Music Fest has released a very limited amount of VIP tickets to Lightning 100 listeners. General admission might be sold out, but we still have some VIP tickets available. Join us at the Hangout for a TRUE VIP EXPERIENCE! Don’t miss the opportunity to see Red Hot Chili Peppers, Dave Matthews Band, Jack White, String Cheese Incident, Wilco, M. Ward, The Flaming Lips perform Dark Side of the Moon, Steve Winwood, Chris Cornell, STS9, Gogol Bordello, Michael Franti & Spearhead, Dawes, G. Love and Special Sauce, Randy Newman, Dr. Dog, Young The Giant, Cage the Elephant, Alabama Shakes, Gary Clark JR, and more! A Hangout VIP pass provides perks such as early access to the site through no wait entry lines, private shaded groves to kick back, enjoy a snack and maybe even catch a nap between sets. Enjoy FREE alcoholic (and non-alcoholic) beverages as you lounge at our VIP only pools with direct views of main stage. Now that’s a VIP real experience! And that’s not all…
VIP Expierence includes:
Complimentary select beer, wine, mixed drinks, water, & soda
Access to our main stage VIP-only swimming pools
Early access to the site through special VIP entrances
Unlimited access to VIP Grove (shade & seating)
Complimentary snacks and finger foods throughout the day
March 31, 2011 (Gulf Shores, Ala) – Hangout Music Festivalhas announced the daily performance schedule for their 2nd annual beach, music and arts event. Headliners includingWidespread Panic and My Morning Jacket open the festival on Friday, May 20th, Foo Fighters,The Flaming Lips, and The Avett Brothers round-out Saturday, May 21st, and Paul Simon, The Black Keys, and Michael Franti and Spearhead close-up the festival on Sunday, May 22nd. A full schedule with more than 60 bands can be found on the Hangout Music Festival website.
Hangout has also announced that tickets for select late-night performances go on sale this Friday, April 1st at 10 am ET for Hangout Music Festival ticketholders. Attendees to Hangout who have already purchased their 2011 festival tickets will have an advance week to secure their tickets to the exclusive Hangout late-night concerts. Late-night tickets are limited and can be purchased through the Hangout website and Front Gate Tickets. Any remaining tickets after the first week of sale will be made available to the general public on Friday, April 8th.
The Hangout will host 2 late-night stages Friday and Saturday night of the festival. A 3,000 capacity Hangout Late-Night Tent will host sets by Bassnectar and Pretty Lights – who will both perform additional sets during the main Hangout festival event. A second Hangout Late-Night Stage is located within the Hangout Restaurant. All shows begin at midnight.
Paul Simon Foo Fighters Widespread Panic
The Black Keys My Morning Jacket Flaming Lips
Cee Lo Green Primus Michael Franti & Spearhead
Pretty Lights Bassnectar Girl Talk Ween
Matisyahu Warren Haynes Band Umphrey’s McGee
Slightly Stoopid Drive-By Truckers Amos Lee
Old Crow Medicine Show G. Love & Special Sauce
Medeski, Martin & Wood Keller Williams Galactic
Xavier Rudd Minus the Bear
Trombone Shorty & Orleans Avenue Portugal. the Man Beats Antique
Dead Confederate Jonathan Tyler & Northern Lights Easy Star All-Stars
Mariachi El Bronx Truth & Salvage Co Kristy Lee Civil Twilight
Rich Aucoin A Thousand Horses Jon Black
Cas Haley Roman Street
The one-of-a-kind music festival takes place May 20th – 22nd on the beaches of Gulf Shores, Alabama – just minutes from the Florida border. Tickets go on-sale this Wednesday at 9 am CST. A confirmed lineup is listed below. More bands, amenities and activities will be announced in the coming weeks. The Hangout Music Festival debuted in 2010 and set itself apart from other festivals by featuring a blockbuster lineup of bands performing on stages located directly on the beach. Thousands of condominiums within walking distance add to the exceptional experience shared by music enthusiasts and beach lovers. This year, the festival is adding a fifth music stage under an air-conditioned tent and creating Hammock Beach, a replenishing salt-water lagoon where music fans will find shade, hammocks, and art installations. Another feature of Hammock Beach will be the Sky-bar tower, a structure built specifically for Hangout offering 360-degree views of the festival. For fans interested in taking their festival experience to the next level, VIP ticket holders are invited to take a dip in Hangout’s new resort style in-ground pool with views of the main stage (deck side bar service is included). Other new attractions include an extended kids’ area, family events, late night deejays, and shuttle service between stages.
Lightning 100 videos from Hangout Music Festival 2010