It looks like Australia is set to score a major new music festival later this year, with a new two-day event currently being proposed for Queensland’s Gold Coast.
According to a City Of Gold Coast report created in December 2016, the proposed festival “is to be modelled on an event staged overseas that draws 40,000 people per day and features leading performers”, and expects to attract the same number of attendees to the Gold Coast’s Coolangatta and Greenmount beaches.
“It is intended that the event will include international performers and will be promoted extensively interstate and intrastate and attract many visitors to the city,” the report says.
The report notes that the first running of the festival would be on 11th and 12th November 2017, and would take place in February each year from 2019 onwards, in order to avoid the 2018 Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast.
The festival would feature three stages (two on the beach and a smaller one in Queen Elizabeth Park), and the festival’s masterminds have already “submitted an outline concept and initial plans, and seeks Council’s approval-in-principle”.
News Corp Australia reports that the “mystery” promoter behind the new festival is TEG Dainty, which is one of the largest live entertainment companies in Australia.
TEG Dainty are reportedly looking to capitalise on a $60 million hole in the Gold Coast’s once-thriving summer festival scene, following the loss of festivals like Big Day Out and Homebake. The company formed last year after Ticketek owners TEG purchased Dainty Group, which has previously brought the likes of Guns N’ Roses, Iron Maiden, Miley Cyrus, Eminem and Bon Jovi to Australia.
Read City Of Gold Goast’s full report about the planned festival, here.