Jul 27

Australian Entertainment Pioneer to share Business Secrets

Thursday 27 July 2017 9:00am

At a business luncheon to be held at WIN Stadium on Friday August 11, Australian music industry pioneer Michael Chugg AM will share his business insights, the behind the scenes stories of his entertainment career, and what it took to get Sir Elton John to perform in the ’Gong – a history-making record-breaking coup that’s become the biggest-selling success in the Stadium’s, and city’s, history.   

Hosted in WIN Stadium’s Winners Function Room, overlooking the Field-of-Play, Chugg will speak alongside Wollongong-raised, Executive Tour Producer, Matthew Lazarus-Hall, who will discuss the event’s economic impact to the region and how its success – the first of its magnitude – might be leveraged to attract repeat opportunities in the city’s future.                        

“Everything about Elton performing in Wollongong has been a windfall,” says WIN Sports & Entertainment Centres Acting Venue Manager, Marc Swan.  “Economically, excitingly, and event-wise.

“To not only convince Michael and Matthew to bring Elton here in the first place, but to lock them down for this exclusive and intimate luncheon, is yet more proof of how seriously they, and hopefully others, are looking at us.

“This lunch is for the major players of Wollongong – anyone who is, or wants to be.”

Michael Chugg is a legendary luminary of the Australian Music Industry, loved locally and abroad for his larrikinism.  He has been recognised with more than ten international Awards and accolades and is acknowledged as probably the ballsiest risk-taker of his peers – many of his punts changing the landscape of live music in Australia. 

He was the first promoter to risk stadium shows in every major capital city, not once, but twice-over with Robbie Williams back in 2006.  He was the first promoter to punt regional stadiums when he included Townsville and later Darwin on subsequent Elton tours.  And this year, again, the first promoter in history to skip the capitals and put his faith in stadium sell-outs in places where Elton had never played before.   

Chugg’s 50-plus years in the industry have seen him work with the likes of Coldplay, Florence & the Machine, Bob Dylan, John Mayer, Pearl Jam, Sia and more. 

Now independent, but Chugg’s long-time Managing Director and business partner – Matthew Lazarus Hall, is a ‘Wollongong-boy’ responsible for the push to get Elton to play where he’d grown up.

“I think WIN Stadium, overlooking the beach, is one of the most beautifully appointed venues in Australia,” he said.

“I actually couldn’t believe it hadn’t been capitalised on from a concert point of view.

“There were concerns about its proximity to Sydney and whether patrons would make the trip – but obviously, they were unfounded.

“Wollongong is the only concert with an early sunset start time, and we did that so people would really get the most out of the venue; out of that stunning beach outlook as the sun is going down. 

“You can’t predict it, but chances are it’s likely to be the stand-out of all Elton’s stadium gigs.

“It’s probably going to be the best chance Wollongong has ever had to showcase itself to not only the rest of Australia, but a broad international market.”

August’s business luncheon featuring Mr Chugg and Mr Lazarus-Hall will be held in WIN Stadium’s Western Grandstand’s Winners Room from noon to 3pm on Friday August 11 and will be compered by i98FM’s Marty Haynes.

Tickets are $110 each and includes a three-course luncheon with beverages.  Tables of 10 and individual tickets to the luncheon can be purchased by visiting ticketmaster.com.au or by phoning

Ticketmaster on 136 100.

Seats are limited and should be booked by Friday, 4 August to avoid disappointment. 

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