It’s the most wonderful time of the year here in South Alabama.

No, not Christmas, although we love that season too. It’s time to start preparing (mentally, physically, emotionally, maybe even romantically?) for the 2014 Hangout Music Festival!

For the third year, Big will be traveling down to Gulf Shores May 15-18 on behalf of Alabama Gulf Seafood to help out with the Alabama Gulf Seafood Courtyard at the BMI Stage. We’ll be servin’ up fresh-caught Gulf seafood throughout the weekend and testifyin’ to folks from all over the world about our tiny coast’s bountiful resource.

But, well, it’s hard not to catch a few bands while you’re on the beach.

So we made a killer playlist (no pun intended, although The Killers are certainly on there) to prepare ourselves for the festivities, and we wanted to share it with y’all.

If you’ll be joining us at The Hangout Fest, you’ve got three weeks to prepare your eardrums by digging into the artists you aren’t familiar with and rockin’ out to the artists that you already love.

40 songs. 41 Hangout Fest artists. 2.5 hours of music. Just press play.