SURF’S UP: An Enormous US Beachside Music Fest Is Hitting QLD In 2018

Australia bloody loves itself a music festival, and it also loves itself a sick ole’ beach. Combining the two? It seems like the absolute obvious choice.

A massive US music festival is officially headed our way, set to transform the sandy shores of Queensland into an idyllic tune-pumping party.

The team behind the annual Hangout Festival in America has secured a deal to launch an offshoot, to be known as SandTunes Festival, that’ll take over Coolangatta Beach on the Gold Coast from 2018 onwards.

The two-day festival was given the green light by the Gold Coast City Council and will land on the shoreline come December 1st and 2nd 2018.

The festival is expected to draw as many as 35,000 people to Coolangatta for the event, which is being promoted by a consortium lead by TEG Dainty, the festival’s US partner AEG and local group Cross Promotions.

The deal struck between festival organisers and the Gold Coast council means it will be held in the area for at least the next five years.

Hangout Festival was last held in the US in May this year on the shores of Alabama, and featured a lineup sporting the likes of Mumford & SonsChance the RapperPhoenixMajor LazerWeezerDJ SnakeMGMTSigur RósMigosDillon FrancisBand of HorsesFranz FerdinandRÜFÜS DU SOL, and a whole mess of others. Y’know, just as a little taste of what’s in store.

Honestly? It looks pretty dang dope.

The event is projected to help fill a $60million hole in the Coast’s summer schedule, created in the wake of both Big Day Out and Sumemrfieldayze biting the dust.

Obviously no official word yet on details beyond location and date yet, but keep yr eyes and ears peeled.