Mushrooming: label stays current with new acts
Owl Eyes singer Brooke Addamo.
Michael Gudinski celebrated the 40th anniversary of the start of Mushroom with a seven-hour showcase of the label's new acts and the announcement of the promotion of his son, Matt.
He had also earlier announced the signing of singer-songwriter Dan Sultan before a mosh pit of private guests.
Last night's local acts, which included Vance Joy, British India, Owl Eyes, Snakadaktal and The Rubens, showed why Mushroom was as relevant today as it was in the '70s.
British act Alt-J also performed.
"After 40 years in the business I cannot express how proud I am of what the Mushroom Group is today and that my son Matt has stepped up into the role of Executive Director," Gudinski said.
"Times have been tough for the music industry in general but the diversity of Mushroom and the quality of the artists we work with has ensured our position as Australia and New Zealand's leading independent entertainment group. I can't wait to see where the next decade takes us."
He also announced that contrary to industry rumours, he was not retiring.
"If any other prick asked me tonight if I am retiring, I'd tell them to f--- off," the 60-year-old told Fairfax's Suzanne Carbone.
Money was no object at his private bash, which was held at the 1000 £ Bend, off Little Lonsdale Street, and included guests Molly Meldrum, Matt Preston, Kylie Minogue's former manager, Terry Blamey, Hamish and Andy, Clare Bowditch, Adalita, Frank Stivala, Ralph Carr and Gudinski's daughter Kate Alexa.
Meldrum thanked Gudinski for doing more for Australian music than anyone else.
Noise 11 tm, with Suzanne Carbone