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A CELEBRATION OF AUSTRALIAN ROAD CREW

Posted in Blog, Uncategorized    //    Post Date - September 4, 2018

To coincide with the publication of Roadies – The Secret History of Australian Rock‘n’Roll by Stuart Coupe, Chugg Entertainment & Support Act are pleased to announce two special lunchtime events at The Factory, Sydney (Wednesday, 26 September 2018) and Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne (Thursday, 4 October 2018).

During the lunches, Stuart will sit down with legends of the Australian road crew world; Nicky Campbell and Ross Ferguson in Sydney and Howard Freeman and Geoff Lloyd in Melbourne to recall various tales of life on the road. The world’s first female roadie, Tana Douglas, is flying in from Los Angeles to speak on both panels. All are featured in Stuart’s book, which covers 60 years of Australian music, commencing in 1957.

The lunches will run from 12:00pm until 2:30pm and will include acoustic performances in Sydney from Richard Clapton & Dave Faulkner and Brad Shepherd from Hoodoo Gurus. Phil Manning will be performing in Melbourne with more artists to be announced. All attendees will receive a signed copy of the book with net proceeds to benefit the Support Act Roadies Fund, which is administered in association with ARCA – The Australian Road Crew Association.

“Roadies are the backbone of the Australian music industry. Like everyone else, we were excited to hear that their contribution to Australian music was being documented by Stuart. We are looking forward to re-living the highs and the lows, and of course, to raising funds for those that are doing it tough.”- Clive Miller, CEO of Support Act

“ARCA thanks Support Act for their continued support of road crew and this function for getting together an incredible bunch of stories from the ‘Roadies’ that helped build the Australian music industry with their hands, hearts and minds. We acknowledge their contribution and give tribute to the fallen.  As we all know no crew, no show.”- Ian Peel, Director of ARCA

Stuart Coupe is an author, journalist, music commentator, independent artist, publicist, and radio broadcaster who has been involved with music all his life. Amongst the books he has written, edited or collaborated on are The New Music (1980), The New Rock’n’Roll (1983), The Promoters (2003) and Gudinski (2015).

Sydney – Factory Theatre Wednesday 26 September 2018

Road Crew Panel:
Nicky Campbell
The Rebels, Skyhooks, Rene Geyer, Cold Chisel
Ross Ferguson
Little River Band, Tina Turner, Elton John, Beastie Boys
Tana Douglas
AC/DC, Elton John, Status Quo

Melbourne – Thornbury Theatre Thursday 4 October 2018

Road Crew Panel:
Howard Freeman
Sherbet, Dragon, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds
Geoff Lloyd
Crowded House, Jimmy Barnes, Last Chance Cafe
Tana Douglas
AC/DC, Elton John, Status Quo

Event Rundown
12:00pm               Pre Drinks
12:30pm               Artist Performance
12:45pm               Lunch Commences
1:15pm                 Panel Commences
2:15pm                 Artist Performance
2:30pm                 Close

SYDNEY
Wednesday 26 September – Factory Theatre
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MELBOURNE
Thursday 4 October – Thornbury Theatre
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JOBS: PONY MUSIC & ROLAND ARE HIRING!

Posted in Uncategorized    //    Post Date - January 16, 2018

Roland and Boss Seek Guitar Product Manager Sick of your routine job? Always had a passion for guitar equipment? Want a career in the music industry? An opportunity like this comes along once in a blue moon… GUITAR PRODUCT MANAGER FOR LEADING MUSIC COMPANY For more than 40 years, Roland…

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PRETENDERS ANNOUNCE TWO HEADLINE SHOWS

Posted in Uncategorized    //    Post Date - October 6, 2017

Returning for their first Australian performances since 2010, the legendary PRETENDERS, fronted by Chrissie Hynde, have announced two special headline shows during their November national tour with Stevie Nicks. On tour as very special guest at superstar Stevie Nicks’ 24 Karat Gold shows, Pretenders will also play two intimate shows…

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LUKE ELLIOT IS DRESSED FOR THE OCCASION

Posted in Uncategorized    //    Post Date - September 19, 2017

American singer, songwriter Luke Elliot is chatting to me on the phone from his hometown of New Jersey, which for Luke is rare. He’s spent so much time traveling recently that “home is kind of all over the place right now,”  he says. On Friday September 22nd Luke Elliot will…

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HUSKY: THE ‘PUNCHBUZZ’ INTERVIEW

Posted in Artists, Interviews, Uncategorized    //    Post Date - June 6, 2017

Melbourne’s harmony-based acoustic pop/rock outfit Husky have just released their third studio record, Punchbuzz. Recorded in Melbourne with producer Matt Redlich, the captivating sound of Punchbuzz is of a band re-birthed, having drawn upon new inspirations to deliver their most exciting and experimental record yet. Ahead of a national tour…

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AUSTRALIAN JAZZ BELL AWARD WINNERS 2017

Posted in Uncategorized    //    Post Date - May 16, 2017

Australia’s jazz music community gathered last night at Melbourne’s premier jazz club Birds Basement to celebrate the 2017 Australian Jazz Bell Awards.  Those in attendance witnessed some wonderful performances by award winning artists such as Michelle Nicolle, Joe Chindamo (a beautiful after-dinner Bach piece) and Stu Hunter, who played a…

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BLOOD, SWEAT & TEARS TOUR: DYLAN ELISE INTERVIEW

Posted in Uncategorized    //    Post Date - March 6, 2017

Blood Sweat & Tears were one of the prime movers of the jazz rock sound in the early 70s. With major international hits such as “You Made Me So Very Happy,” “Spinning Wheel,” “And When I Die”, they brought brass to the top of the charts. Drummer/producer Bobby Colomby was…

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BACK ON THE STREET AGAIN: WARREN DALY TALKS BIG BEATS & PHAT SOUNDS

Posted in Uncategorized    //    Post Date - October 25, 2016

Festival Records have released yet another brilliant compilation of long lost treasure from their vaults. This one is  Back On The Street Again, a compilation of funk, soul and psych rarities from the 60s and 70s. AM editor Greg Phillips spoke to Warren Daly, whose group the Daly-Wilson Big Band…

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MEREDITH 2016 LINE UP ANNOUNCED

Posted in Uncategorized    //    Post Date - August 11, 2016

One of Australia’s most loved music events, the Meredith Music Festival has announced its lineup for 2016 and it’s amazing! Peaches King Gizzard And The Lizard Wizard Sheila E BadBadNotGood Angel Olsen The Triffids Kelela Ben UFO Japandroids The Congos Baroness Archie Roach Jagwar Ma Mount Liberation Unlimited Fred &…

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KING PARROT AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES

Posted in Uncategorized    //    Post Date - March 3, 2016

In true blue collar fashion King Parrot are hitting the road in Australia once again, after recently completing a monstrous 36 date tour through Europe and the UK with Soulfly.  They’ll headline the Blacken The Globe Open Air in Alice Springs and Murderfest in Perth while supporting US metal giants Five Finger…

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