“I’m frustrated by some of the shallow perceptions that then get broadcast without investigation or right of reply.

“It’s some of the scare mongering and some of the big statements that are made in those sorts of conversations. You referred to Michael [Chugg]’s interview, particularly the thow-away comment about artists being unhappy on Live Nation deals, and he specifically name-checked Madonna. Well…”

Fear At The Top sees CEO of Seventh Street Media Luke Girgis interview heads of companies in the music industry about how they got to where they are. He also touches on all the mistakes they’ve made, and what they’ve learned from running their hugely successful companies.

In this episode of Fear At The Top, Girgis interviews Roger Field, the Chief Executive Officer at Live Nation Australasia.

During the expansive chat, the pair discuss Live Nation’s acquisition of local promoter Secret Sounds, and its partnership with Unified Music Group, which resulted in the local debut of Download Festival.

They also touch on the controversy surrounding Live Nation‘s take-over of Melbourne’s beloved Palais Theatre, and the company’s future growth plans.

At one especially illuminating point during the interview, Roger Field addresses comments made by Chugg Entertainment’s head Michael Chugg. He also offers his opinion on competitors like AEG Presents, Mushroom Group and Chugg Entertainment.

Live Nation Australasia CEO Roger Field and Lars Brandle
Live Nation Australasia CEO Roger Field and TIO journalist Lars Brandle at FastForward in Sydney

The interview took place at the inaugural FastForward Sydney conference. Roger Field was interviewed by Lars Brandle to discuss the future of live music in Australia and shared his vision where Asia plays a critical role in a global touring circuit.