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Three of the Best Outdoor Music Festivals in Alabama Featured

Spring has sprung and May is just around the corner. While children are getting out of school and pollen counts skyrocket, the music festival scene emerges in the background. Check out some of these local festivals to get your music fix as summer approaches.


Toadlick Music Festival

Dothan will host its Toadlick Music Festival at the National Peanut Festival Fairgrounds on April 23 through 25. The Toadlick line up for 2015 features the legendary Hank Williams, Alabama, STYX, Ronnie Milsap and more.

Toadlick not only provides general admission tickets, but camping passes as well. Declared a rain or shine event by the festival’s website, tickets are nonrefundable. General admission three day passes start at $119. Primitive camping passes start at $110 and hookups for RVs are made available as well. Partial hookups that include water and power start at $330, while full hookups start at $550.

To find out more about Toadlick’s roots with Southern music, maps and more, visit toadlick.com.


Hangout Music Festival

Perhaps the most well-known musical festival in Alabama is The Hangout Music Festival held in Gulf Shores. The festival will be held May 15 through 17 from 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. all three days. The festival features a star-studded line up of musicians that will leave viewers in awe. Headliners like The Foo Fighters, Sam Smith and Beck are joined by Skrillex, Paramore, Lupe Fiasco, My Morning Jacket and more. More than 50 artists will take the Hangout Fest stages for 2015.

The kickoff party for the festival will take place Thursday, May 14 at 4 p.m. and will feature The Word, Mayer Hawthorne, Break Science and more. Tickets to the kickoff party are around $45.

Three day general admission tickets for the Hangout Festival are $280 and are $330 with a three day shuttle pass. Registration for tickets should be completed within six minutes, or the ticket reservation will be released to others according to the festival’s website.

For more information, on shuttle services, ticket information, maps and more, visit hangoutmusicfest.com.


Sloss Music & Arts Festival

Garnering large amounts of attention for its line up this year is Birmingham’s inaugural Sloss Music & Arts Festival. Named after Col. James Withers Sloss of The Sloss Furnace Company established in the late 1800s, the 2015 festival will be July 18 and 19. The festival is keeping tight-lipped about its headlining act, but Modest Mouse, Cage the Elephant, Young the Giant, St. Paul & The Broken Bones, Primus and more are already confirmed.

Aside from hosting famous musicians, the festival will host local food and art vendors and will feature live iron-pouring demonstrations.

Tickets for “Slossfest” are selling fast, with only one type of general admission packages left for purchase at $135 with additional fees. A VIP two-day pass is $325 with additional fees.

For more information about the Sloss Festival, including payment options for tickets, the history behind Sloss Furnaces and more, visit slossfest.com.

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