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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

Wednesday 26 September – Factory Theatre

Thursday 4 October – Thornbury Theatre

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