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AL.com: Hangout director dishes on what it's like to dream up your own music festival

The story of Hangout starts with founders Lilly and Shaul Zislin, who expanded the festival out from their Hangout restaurant in Gulf Shores. The couple has had O'Connell pushing buttons from behind the curtain since the event's inception. In 2013, he left a festival consulting company he started to dig into Hangout full-time.

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