Australia News: Chugg & Pope Team For Lismore; BIGSOUND, Aussie BBQ Return; NZ’s Page 1 Management Opens Sydney Office


SYDNEY, AUSTRALIA – MARCH 24: Michael Chugg arrives at the 2015 APRA Music Awards at Carriageworks on March 24, 2015 in Sydney, Australia. (Photo by Mark Metcalfe/Getty Images)

Chugg & Pope Concert For Lismore

Promoters Michael Chugg and Mark Pope, who were part of the consortium behind Wave Aid (2005), Live Earth (2007) and Sound Relief (2009) teamed up again for One From The Heart.

It’s for the New South Wales town of Lismore as it cleans up after devastating floods that left five dead and thousands homeless.

About 11,000 are expected May 15 at Lismore Showgrounds to see The Buckleys, Darlinghurst, Paul Kelly and Dan Kelly, Daryl Braithwaite, Sheppard, Lime Cordiale, Jon Stevens and hit band Grinspoon who are based in Lismore.

“This was not about raising money but raising the community’s spirits,” Chugg said.
“The lead time was incredibly tight; what would normally take four months of planning had to turned around in six weeks.”

BIGSOUND Returning After Two Years

BIGSOUND, Australia’s largest music conference, returns in a physical format in the southern spring for the first time since 2019.

Its biggest appeal to the global element of the 1,500 delegates was its showcase of export-ready acts before an audience of 16,000.

Gang Of Youths, last week’s Pollstar cover artists, were among those who got an early career boost, as did Flume, Courtney Barnett, Ball Park Music, Tash Sultana and Sampa The Great. This year, the Sept. 6-9 event has 150 artists in 21 venues across Brisbane’s entertainment precinct Fortitude Valley.

A new addition as part of the 21st-anniversary celebrations is BIGSOUND Country, which will be “threaded throughout this year’s event, and will include a party, showcases, dedicated panels and a special show featuring some of Australia’s finest country music artists.”

Aussie BBQ Returns To Central Park

The Aussie BBQ returns June 18 to SummerStage at Central Park NYC after three years.
The event is a partnership between Sydney-based music export body Sounds Australia and Capital One City Parks Foundation, with support from the Australian Consul-General, New York and the Dept. of Foreign Affairs and Trade.

Performing this year are First Nations rapper Baker Boy, nui-soul duo Electric Fields, singer-songwriter G Flip, rock trio You Am I, and EDM acts Haiku Hands and Peking Duk.

The debut Aussie BBQ SummerStage in 2019 drew almost 5,000 for A.B Original, Hermitude, The Teskey Brothers, Tkay Maidza, San Cisco and WAAX.


Page 1 Management Opens Sydney Office

Ashley Page’s Page 1 Management, headquartered in Auckland, opened an office in Sydney. It is run by Na-ima Braimah, formerly with The Orchard and Sony Music.

With globally recognized NZ songwriter/ producers as Joel Little, Jawsh 685 and Rory Noble on its books, it also has offices in New York (under Danielle Middleton who signed Grammy-nominated ClickNPress), Nashville and London.

Page was born in the UK, the son of Larry Page who managed The Kinks and The Troggs in the ‘60s.