About

Director

Hi! I'm Michael MacManus!

I run everything you see here at the Melbourne Guitar Festival (MGF)!

You might be wondering what we are up to these days.

As you know, a lot has changed with the live performance industry over the last couple of years. 2020 was a lot of hard work as we pivoted to an entirely online livestream concert series and a number of educational courses and masterclasses.

I want to personally thank everyone for their enormous support during that year, it ensured we were able to pay the bills whilst also financially supporting many musicians with performance work.

In January 2021, I decided to temporarily close the doors of the MGF and focus more on family. With the arrival of our second son in September 2021, and plans to relocate to South Korea in 2022, it seemed like a good time to take a few steps back whilst the world gathers itself.

I do hope to start up our annual 3 day festival and yearly concert series again, however, it likely won't be before 2025.

The MGF journey has been an incredible experience for me, and one that is certainly not over 🙂

Thanks again to all of our audience members and supporters over the years, and I look forward to sharing some beautiful music and great concert experiences with you again in the future!

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