Market Focus: Australia

Friday 4 March 2016
15:30 – 16:45
Room 3
Chair: Tim Worton, AEG Ogden (AU)

The touring market in Australia hit another blustery high in 2016, with promoters reporting solid results. So how does the land Down Under consistently punch above its weight for live entertainment? Continuing our annual Market Focus series, this year it’s the turn of our Antipodean friends, who will discuss this vibrant territory and impart the secrets of its success. From currency fluctuations and ticketing, to promotion, venue operations and the development of domestic artists, if you ever wanted to know who makes the Australian live scene tick, and how, this is the session for you. 

Guest speakers:
Michael Chugg, Michael Chugg Entertainment (AU)
Michael Harrison, Frontier Touring (AU)
Cameron Hoy, Ticketek (AU)
Peter Noble, Bluesfest (AU)
Maria O'Connor, Ticketmaster Australia
Glen Rainsbury, Etihad Stadium (AU)

About Cameron Hoy:

Cameron joined Ticketek in 2007 as Director of Sales and Marketing before assuming the role of Managing Director, Ticketek Australia in 2010. He has a wealth of industry experience and has led Ticketek’s focus on delivering strategic value ‘beyond the transaction’.

Cameron has extensive experience in digital business management covering digital marketing, data management/analytics and marketing automation and is a passionate advocate for the role ticketing agencies play in delivering measurable acquisition marketing outcomes for their clients. Cameron is a regular speaker at digital/data marketing conferences, and prior to Ticketek held senior management roles within the media, marketing and advertising industries.

About Michael Harrison:

Michael Harrison is the Tour Director for Michael Gudinski’s Frontier Touring Company, Australia & New Zealand’s premier international concert promoter. Michael coordinates and manages major concert tours by some of the biggest names and greatest stars in modern music. A recent list of acts he’s toured through Australia and New Zealand includes James Bay, Arctic Monkeys, Royal Blood, Ellie Goulding, Rudimental and Sam Smith as well as many, many more.

Michael began his career as a booking agent in 1992 at Frontier’s sister company, The Harbour Agency in Sydney.

Under the tutorage of Frontier and Harbour directors Michael Gudinski, Frank Stivala and Phillip Jacobsen – three legends of the Australian music industry – Michael’s earliest years in the touring business saw him help develop significant live fanbases for local acts such as Missy Higgins, Dan Sultan, The Whitlams, Thandi Phoenix, The McClymonts, Solo Mio and Bic Runga.

“Harry”, was soon helping out Frontier on early Australian and New Zealand tours by then up-and-coming international acts at the time such as Coldplay, Ministry of Sound, Muse, Norah Jones and Moby..

He is a regular speaker at music seminars and courses around the world, including ILMC, SXSW, Canadian Music Week and Pollstar.

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