American Festival Hangout Looks To Make Australian Debut (With 50 Internationals) In 2018
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The Australian mega-festival revival is in full swing, and it looks like another international event is set to make its Australian debut next year.

American festival Hangout is seeking a two-day takeover of Coolangatta Beach on the Gold Coast, taking place on December 1-2, 2018. The Australian adaption of the beachside event is set to be named SandTunes, with two stages and a mammoth 35,000 person capacity. The event aims to fill the sizeable financial gap left on the Gold Coast after the dissolution of large-scale events like Big Day Out and Summafieldayze.

Local councillors voted 7-1 in favour of the event, with another vote taking place at a full council meeting this Friday.

The promoters of the event are TEG Dainty, who currently have Australian tours with Katy Perry, Queen and WWE in the pipeline. They’ve teamed up with AEG and Cross Promotions for SandTunes, and are promising massive things if gets the green light.

“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,” TEG Dainty CEO, Paul Dainty said.

Should the event be barred from the Gold Coast, reports indicate that Byron Bay, Fremantle or St Kilda could be on the cards. “We’ve had people knocking on our door but this is our preferred site,” Dainty said.

So with 40 to 50 internationals set to head Down Under for the event, just what can we expect? Previous editions of Hangout have included everyone from Frank Ocean to Fetty Wap to Foo Fighters, as well as Red Hot Chilli Peppers, Major Lazer, The Weeknd, Kings of Leon, DJ Snake, MGMT, Florence & The Machine and more.

Sounds good to us – fingers crossed that this event pulls through.

Words by Christopher Kevin Au September 13, 2017
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