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AEG, Dainty to launch Hangout spin-off in Australia

The one-off SandTunes festival, jointly promoted by AEG, TEG Dainty and Cross Promotions, will have a capacity of 35,000 and take place next December

By Jon Chapple on 19 Sep 2017

Coolangatta Beach, Gold Coast, Australia, SandTunes festival

Coolangatta Beach, with Surfers Paradise, Gold Coast, visible in the background

image © freeaussiestock.com

The city council of Gold Coast, in Queensland, Australia, has given the go-ahead for a new two-day festival, SandTunes, for December 2018.

The festival, produced by AEG and local promoters TEG Dainty and Cross Promotions, will be held on Coolangatta Beach, in the suburb of Coolangatta, on 1 and 2 December. It is an offshoot of Hangout Music Fest, AEG/Goldenvoice’s popular three-day event in Alabama, which was this year headlined by Mumford & Sons, Chance the Rapper and Twenty One Pilots.

The Gold Coast Bulletin reports SandTunes will be a one-off ‘destination’ event with two stages and a capacity of 35,000.

“This event could go anywhere – there would be venues around Australia lining up to take it”

Two councillors, Gail O’Neill and Pauline Young, voted against the proposal, with O’Neill telling a council meeting “love[s] festivals” but that the event “belongs somewhere else, not on Coolangatta Beach”.

Councillor Bob LaCastra, countering, said SandTunes would help plug a hole left in Gold Coast’s finances by the cancellations of Big Day Out and Summafieldayze festivals. “This event could go anywhere – there would be venues around Australia lining up to take it,” he said.

According to minutes from a 22 August council meeting, the city is willing to contribute up to A$200,000 (US$160,000) towards the cost of staging the festival.


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