by Gil Kaufman
GULF SHORES, Alabama — As one of the select hip-hop headliners at this weekend’s Hangout Festival, Macklemore & Ryan Lewis had some serious priorities. Yes, one was representing for the genre, but the other was crushing one of the local delicacies while hanging out in the plush artist area before their Friday night set.
Mack and Lewis have played a lot of festivals, but Hangout was a whole new experience for them. “You know what? [I] Immediately hit the catering … catfish!” said Macklemore during some downtime before the duo’s high-energy set in the Boom Boom Tent. “You can’t go wrong with catered catfish at a festival. It came with some sauce, the sauce was great. That was amazing and then we walked out and there’s hammocks and I fell asleep for like two hours.”
Then, the Seattle slayers just kicked back in the sand with MTV News’ Sway Calloway and took in the “spectacles” laying out on the beach, which stretched as far as the eye could see. They were also psyched to get that headliner slot on Friday, which is another recent experience for them.
“For so long we would come to these festivals and it was show and prove time,” said Macklemore. “‘For real? They put us on at 1:15? All right, there’s no one here but we gotta still kill it. To be in a prime time slow, closing out one of the stages of the day, it’s dope. I miss that, ‘okay, we have to be hungry, we have to show these fools what’s up so in a couple years when they book us again we’re gonna get that spot.’ But to have that spot finally, it’s great.”
And they didn’t disappoint, capping a hectic day of beachside music with a set heavy with their breakthrough hits, surfing the crowd on inflatable whales and taking a minute to talk about their support for marriage equality during “Same Love.”
We’re live-streaming performances throughout the weekend on our official Hangout hub, bringing you interviews, behind-the-scenes access and on-demand performances from all your favorite artists on MTV.com, VH1.com, CMT.com and LogoTV.com. Highlights from Hangout 2013, will also air on MTV, VH1, CMT, MTV2, MTV Hits, MTV Jams, VH1 Classic and Palladia.
MTV, VH1 and CMT are on the ground at Hangout 2013, bringing you all the latest news, interviews, performances and more from the Shores. If you’re not able to be there, be sure to check in and watch live streaming performances all weekend.