During this time, they won the National Tourism Award for Best Festival Event category as well as winning the Victorian Tourism Award over three consecutive years, placing the QMF in the Victorian Tourism Hall of Fame.
Hugo had a popular weekly radio show on Melbourne radio station PBS 106.7FM for 23 years.
He was also the Music Programmer for several other festivals, including the Echuca Winter Blues Festival.
Additionally, he spearheaded the team that brought Geelong – Victoria’s second‐largest city – its first-ever major music festival, Motor City Music Festival.
Hugo was awarded the Centenary of Federation Medal for service to the music industry and has an Advanced Diploma of Events and an Advanced Diploma of Management also a registered guard & crowd controller.