Huge US Music Festival Closer To Locking In Australian Debut

UPDATE: CONFIRMED: Australia Is Getting A Huge New Music Festival In 2018

ORIGINAL STORY: The huge US-based music festival Hangout is now closer to locking in its debut Australian event, after local councillors voted in favour of the festival making its way to Coolangatta Beach on the Gold Coast this December.

As News Corp Australia reports, councillors have voted 7-1 in favour of the festival, which is expected to be called SandTunes if it makes its way down under.

The proposed festival — which is being run by Australian promoters TEG Dainty, their US partner AEG and local partner Cross Promotions — will now go to a vote at a full council on Friday, with promoters seeking a five-year deal.

If the festival does get the green light, it’s expected to take place over two days in December, with two stages and up to 35,000 people in attendance.

“This is big,” says TEG Dainty CEO Paul Dainty.

“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.”

If the Gold Coast doesn’t pick up Hangout Festival this year, other sites in Byron Bay, Fremantle and St Kilda are reportedly interested in the event.

Hangout is an annual “Beach, Music & Arts Festival” held on Alabama’s Gulf Shores, and this year’s lineup featured the likes of Mumford & Sons, Twenty One Pilots, Frank Ocean, Chance The Rapper, Major Lazer, Weezer, DJ Snake and MGMT.

To see what Australia could be in for, check out the gallery below.

Gallery: Hangout Beach, Music & Arts Festival Alabama

(All Images Via Facebook)

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