Hangout Festival Alabama 2013

City leaders in Gulf Shores have voted to conduct a study to gauge the economic impact of the Hangout Music Festival.

   WALA-TV reports ( ) the mayor and city council voted unanimously Monday night to spend $12,500 on a six-week study that will compare the cost of hosting the event with lodging and sales tax revenue the festival generates.

   The city has hosted the three-day, beachfront festival for four years and officials say they want an independent examination of its impact on the city.

It's a big weekend for live music on the Alabama coast.

   The third annual Hangout Festival opens Friday on the public beach in Gulf Shores.

   Organizers say three-day festival passes are sold out, but single-day tickets are still available.

   Started during the BP oil spill in 2010, the Hangout Festival provides the coastal tourism industry with a big jumpstart on beach season.

   Acts this year include Kings of Leon, Stevie Wonder and Tom Petty and the Heartbreakers.