“Sanity has prevailed”: Coolangatta locals celebrate music festival venue shift

Coolangatta residents have hailed the decision to move the controversial SandTunes Music Festival from the beach to Metricon Stadium.

Organisers have bowed to pressure after backlash from the Coolangatta community worried about the impact on the beach, safety and a lack of consultation.

The two-day event on November 30 and December 1 will feature the likes of Dean Lewis, Carley Rae Jespen, Cvrches and Travis Scott.


Promoters have been in talks with the State Government after concerns were raised about the beach venue and have agreed to the shift the event.

Paul Dainty from TEG Dainty says it’s a shame but they respect the views of the community.

“Ultimately the locals pushed back, the community obviously didn’t like the idea, they were very very anti it,” Mr Dainty told reporters.

“So, after talking with Kate Jones and Meaghan Scanlon we came to the conclusion that we should listen, take it on board what they say, we’re intelligent people, make a common sense decision, and make the move and make everyone happy.”

“All we were trying to do was bring major events to the Gold Coast, we thought everyone would embrace the event at the beach, we thought it was a great concept, there’s been a number of them around the world that I’ve seen that are great.”

Currumbin MP Jann Stuckey says the voices of locals have finally been heard.

“It’s such an important issue because it would have set a precedent,” Ms Stuckey said.

“As I’ve said many times, Byron Bay would not have Splendour on the beach, they have it in a paddock and that’s where festivals like this, which I do support, belong.”

Andrew McKinnon from Gold Coast World Surfing Reserve says the decision is fantastic news.

“It’s a giant victory for the true believers of beach and surf amenities, the local community,” Mr McKinnon said.

“Local businesses were really concerned about the safety factor here, the risk factor and of course the environment.

“35,000 people jammed onto the beach at Coolangata was not our idea of a great venue, we thought Metricon would always be better and I’m really glad to see that sanity has prevailed.”

The change in venue comes with good news with ticket prices for the event slashed.

A two-day ticket will be available for $199 while a one-day ticket will cost just $129, down from $209.

Public transports to Metricon will also be included in the ticket price.

The event event will no longer be restricted to those over 18 and will now be open to those 15 years and old if they’re accompanied by an adult.

Those who have already bought tickets for SandTunes will be automatically upgraded to the Pit Zone at Metricon.

Refunds will be offered to those who have already purchased tickets but no longer want to attend.