Gulf Coast to Gold Coast: Australian city considering Hangout Fest spinoff

Thursday, 14 September 2017, 01:21:49 AM. 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.
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...Read more
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