Industry Noize: Celebrating Chugg’s 50th

Celebrations of Sydney-based promoter, manager and label founder Michael Chugg’s 50th year in the biz began at the International Live Music Conference in London.

Eddie Vedder, Alice Cooper, Robbie Williams, Neil Finn, Luke Steele, Dallas Green, Jason Mraz, Robert Plant and industry associates sent wishes.

Festivities continued at South By Southwest in Austin at the March 13 official North American launch of his Chugg Music label with sets by The Griswolds, Lime Cordiale, Sidney York, The Creases, Parade Of Lights and JP Hoe.

Chugg Entertainment staffers get in on the celebrations. 

Chugg told Pollstar that festivities in Australia would include a charity concert and a reissue of his memoir, “Hey You In The Black T-shirt,” with fresh chapters.

Chugg was 15 when he got into promoting in Launceston, Tasmania. His foray was a fundraising dance for the Launceston Cycling Club, of which he was a member. It drew 250 people and earned A$80, “which in 1964 was a fair bit of money,” Chugg reflected.

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