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Michael Chugg

President,
Chugg Entertainment
Surry Hills, NSW, Australia
@ChuggEnt
After co-founding the Frontier Touring Company in the mid 1970s Michael Chugg went out on his own in 2000 and founded Chugg Entertainment, from there going 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, festivals, special events and everything in between, Michael Chugg and his business partner Matthew Lazarus-Hall have worked with some of the world’s biggest acts from Elton John, Robbie Williams, Pearl Jam, AC/DC, Bette Midler, Prince, Coldplay and Radiohead. The company has also co-promoted some of the biggest charity events Australia has seen including Wave Aid (2005), Live Earth (2007) and Sound Relief (2009).

Michael Chugg is a well known public figure in his own right, running the PR machine for many of his tours and often being the media’s ‘go to man’ for opinion on the music industry or the state of the nation.

Many of Michael Chugg’s achievements have been recognised with a plethora of awards over the years including Pollstar’s International Promoter Of The Year (1999, 2008 & 2010), CMA International Talent Buyer/Promoter Award (2006), ILMC Lifetime Achievement Award (2008), International Music Person of the Year (Musexpo 2012) and Festival Promoter of the Year (Musexpo 2014).
The Australian Music Industry Directly has recently named Michael Chugg as the third most powerful person in the Australian music industry, for the second year in a row.

Chugg Entertainment is a big supporter of Australian music and has recently started an indie music arm, looking after five of the hottest young acts in Australia. One of these acts – Sheppard – have recently made it to #1 on the Australian charts with their new single Geronimo and will soon release the song in the UK and Europe through Decca UK.