An Australian city council could vote Friday to approve a Down Under version of Alabama's Hangout Music Fest, according to reports published by Australian media outlets.
Hangout Fest founder Shaul Zislin and director Sean O'Connell said Wednesday they had no comment on the matter at this time.
The notion isn't entirely new: Reports of talks about a Hangout spinoff have been floating around since at least April, without confirmation by Hangout executives. Concert industry site Pollstar.com reported in April that Australian event promotion company TEG Dainty had made a pitch to the coastal city of Gold Coast back in late 2016. According to that report, Gold Coast council members initially had concerns about the impact on Coolangatta Beach, but the city's mayor averted a possible "no" vote by calling for more time for promoters to address those fears.
This week, the Gold Coast Bulletin reported that TEG Dainty CEO Paul Dainty had presented a proposal to Gold Coast councilors at an Economic Development and Major Projects Committee meeting. According to that report, committee members voted 7-1 for the proposal, which now will go before the full council on Friday.
According to the Gold Coast Bulletin and other outlets, TEG Dainty is working with U.S. partner AEG and local partner Cross Promotions. The Hangout Fest, held annually in Gulf Shores, began as an independent production. But in 2015 production company Goldenvoice became a stakeholder; Goldenvoice is associated with other major events such as Coachella and the New Orleans Jazz & Heritage Festival and is a subsidiary of the AEG Live entertainment empire.
Reports indicate the proposed festival would last two days - Dec. 1 and 2, 2018 - with two main beach stages and a projected audience of about 35,000 people. It reportedly would be named SandTunes, which leaves it unclear how closely it would draw on Hangout branding.
The city of Gold Coast is near Brisbane, in the middle of Australia's east coast. It has a population of well over half a million people. According to the city's website, tourism accounts for more than 12 million visitors a year, and the city will host the 2018 Commonwealth Games....Read more