With over 40 years in the business, Chuggi’s resume is that of a true Australian music industry pioneer, his career as a promoter started early in his hometown of Launceston, Tasmania, running dances and managing local bands. From Tasmania to Melbourne, then later to Sydney where Michael co-founded The Frontier Touring Company in the mid 1970s, in 2000 he went out on his own and has since gone on to garner a reputation both internationally and on home soil as one of Australia’s most prominent rock promoters.
From club shows to stadiums, and everything in between, Chugg has worked with some of the world’s biggest acts from Elton John, Coldplay, Keith Urban and Robbie Williams to Pearl Jam, AC/DC and Bette Midler. Chugg Entertainment has also co-promoted some of the biggest charity events the country has seen including Wave Aid (2005), Live Earth (2007) and Sound Relief (2009). Many of these accolades have been recognized with the plethora of awards Michael Chugg has received over the years including Pollstar’s International Promoter Of The Year (2009), CMA International Talent Buyer/Promoter Award (2006), ILMC Lifetime Achievement Award (2008) and many more. In October 2010 he released his tell all book ‘Hey, You in the Black T-Shirt’, sharing every shocking detail about what goes on behind closed doors of the Australian music industry.
With the above in mind, it’s an honor to have Michael Chugg joining the talented group of Major Keynote Speakers already confirmed including Ariel Hyatt, who founded Ariel Publicity, a social media PR firm, Vince Bannon, from Getty Images, Entertainment Partnerships and Development and John Watson, one of Australia’s leading artist managers and President of the label, Eleven: a music company.
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