Latest News

Back to Latest News back


Superstar producer and entreprenuer Tony Cochrane to address 2016 Venue Industry Congress

Superstar producer and entreprenuer Tony Cochrane to address 2016 Venue Industry Congress
April 20, 2016

Whether promoting sporting events, concerts, touring global exhibitions, live shows and theatre, one-off major events or whole touring spectaculars, Tony Cochrane’s passion and experience forge a formidable combination and have ultimately resulted in some unforgettable milestones in entertainment, sports management and sport generally over the past 40 years.

Cochrane’s exploits are legendary in the venue and entertainment industry - experience that he will be sharing with an address - Major Events Across Diverse Sectors - at the upcoming 2016 Asia-Pacific Venue Industry Congress.

He has produced tours by a roll call of superstars including Frank Sinatra, Liza Minelli, Sammy Davis Jr., John Farnham, Anthony Warlow, Clive James, Whitney Houston, Steve Winwood, The Beach Boys and Placido Domingo to name a few and, as of 2014, he was also co-producer of the Rolling Stones concert at Adelaide Oval – the first concert event in the newly refurbished venue.

His credits include Grease – The Arena Spectacular and the massively popular Main Event starring John Farnham, Olivia Newton-John and Anthony Warlow. Credits also include the reformation of Oz icons Cold Chisel Last Wave of Summer tour; the hugely successful Australian tour of The Sound of Music, Annie, The Producers and the Tony Award winning Broadway hit...Hairspray, for which he and his fellow Producers won a Tony for Best Musical.

In sport, Cochrane’s achievements have equal status.

In 1996, Cochrane and another three friends invested $52,000 in V8 motor racing which was then considered a "break-even business".

In 2011, investment firm Archer Capital paid $300 million for a controlling interest in the sport.

Since 2013, Cochrane has been a Director of International Entertainment Consulting (iEC) - breaking new ground in blockbuster exhibitions and events as well as providing advice to a range of Sports and Entertainment Projects – with a huge range of clients from the Rolling Stones to Formula One.

In January 2014 he joined the Board of Directors of the Gold Coast Suns Football Club.

Known as much for his tenacity as his entrepreneurship, Cochrane’s Venue Industry Congress is not to be missed.

His presentation is one of a series of high quality presentations that will feature at the heart of the Venue Industry Congress.

The Venue Industry Congress is being held at the Brisbane Convention and Exhibition Centre from 15th to 18th May. 

Click here for event information in the Australasian Leisure Management Industry Calendar. 




Asking a small favour
We hope that you value the news that we publish so while you're here can we ask for your support?

The news we publish at is independent, credible (we hope) and free for you to access, with no pay walls and no annoying pop-up ads.

However, as an independent publisher, can we ask for you to support us by subscribing to the printed Australasian Leisure Management magazine - if you don't already do so.

Published bi-monthly since 1997, the printed Australasian Leisure Management differs from this website in that it publishes longer, in-depth and analytical features covering aquatics, attractions, entertainment, events, fitness, parks, recreation, sport, tourism and venues management.

Subscriptions cost just $90 a year.

Click here to subscribe.


supplier directory

The Complete Guide to Leisure Industry Products & Services.

See the directory see all


Playrope Aqua-Fun, are the Australian & New Zealand exclusive distributors for Vortex Aquatic Structures International, the world leader in aquatic playgrounds and urban water landscapes.…

read more

Aquatics / Attractions / Parks / Play / Recreation


SeatGeek Asia Pacific

SeatGeek is a search engine and mobile-focused ticket marketplace that allows fans to buy and sell tickets for live events. As of August 2018, SeatGeek has exited the Australian, New…

read more

Entertainment / Sport / Technology / Ticketing / Venues



revolutioniseSPORT is the emerging market leader in online club management in Australia. Whether it is memberships, registrations, events, online sales or governance tools - revolutioniseSPORT is the…

read more

Recreation / Sport / Technology



Commercial Aquatics Australia provides aquatic solutions nationwide and is one of the largest and most experienced companies specialising in the design, construction, renovation, service, maintenance…

read more

Aquatics / Design / Play / Waterparks



As of 2018, TicketServ operates as SeatGeek Asia Pacific Pty Limited, part of international ticketing platform SeatGeek. Click here to contact SeatGeek Asia Pacific via their entry in…

read more

Attractions / Entertainment / Events / Sport / Ticketing


Aflex Inflatables

Aflex Inflatables are the leaders for obstacle courses, pool toys, waterparks and land-based watersides and fitness runs. They are industry leaders offering the widest range of pool, lake and beach…

read more

Aquatics / Play / Waterparks


Fun Wheels Pty Ltd

Fun Wheels Pty Ltd are the premium dealer in Australasia for the Dutch company BERG’s commercial and domestic products. Our flagship product is their revolutionary pedal go-kart – the…

read more

Attractions / Tourism / Venues


get listed with our suppliers directory

Get your business noticed in our targeted directory. Viewed by 10,000 industry professionals per week!

list your business