Looks like a huge US festival is coming to Australia
For the last nine years, US mega festival Hangout has hosted A-list artists like Major Lazer, DJ Snake, Mumford & Sons, Frank Ocean, and MGMT on the beach at Gulf Shores in Alabama.
The festival is regarded as one of the States’ premier destination events, and by the looks of it, we could be seeing it land down under very, very soon.
Promoters TEG Dainty, AEG, and Cross Promotions have been lobbying hard for a Hangout event to take place on the Gold Coast next year and beyond, and following a favourable vote by Gold Coast councillors yesterday, that looks almost certain to happen.
Councillors voted overwhelmingly in favour of the event at an Economic Development and Major Projects Committee meeting yesterday, and the proposal will now go to a full Council vote this Friday. The proposal would see a Hangout event — expected to be called SandTunes — held on Coolangatta beach each year for the next five years.
“This is a mega event,” TEG Dainty CEO Paul Dainty said after the meeting. “This is big. We’d be bringing 40 or 50 bands into the country plus locals, plus 500 or 600 staff. An event like this touches everyone in the business community. Economically it’s brilliant.”
The festival is expected to have a capacity of 35,000, with bands performing over two stages on the beach. News Corp reports that if the Gold Coast is ultimately unwilling to host the event, it would most likely take place in Byron Bay, Fremantle, or St Kilda.
SandTunes would be a lucrative get for the Gold Coast, who have been struggling to fill a $60 million hole that was left in the summer festival calendar by the cancellation of Big Day Out and Summerfielddayze.
For a closer look at what you can expect from SandTunes, watch Hangout’s 2017 aftermovie below.
Article Image via Hangout Music Festival Facebook