Melbourne’s live music scene to return as Victoria emerges from Covid-19 lockdown

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Melbourne’s live music scene is expected to stage a welcome return after 262 days of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.

Melbourne’s live music scene is expected to stage a welcome return after 262 days of Covid-19 lockdown restrictions.

But only fully vaccinated music fans will be able to attend when the Sidney Myer Music Bowl hosts a 4,000-person concert next week.

Performances are expected from Baker Boy, Grace Cummings, King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard and other local and international artists.

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The Play on Victoria concert – one of the first major events in the state since the start of the pandemic – is part of an initiative testing vaccine certificates at large gatherings.

“It’s been really tough in the live music business. This is the first sign of our return, ”Creative Industries Minister Danny Pearson said on Wednesday.

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Victorian Minister Danny Pearson has said only fully vaccinated music fans will be able to come together when the industry reopens on October 30. Photo: NCA NewsWire / Paul Jeffers

There will only be allocated seats at the event, fans will be required to wear a face mask unless eating or drinking, and security guards will check for proof of Covid-19 vaccination.

“This is about how we can use technology to breathe new life into our live music industry,” said Mr. Pearson.

“It could allow us to go to big venues, to see live music, to go back to our galleries, to go back to the movies, it’s going to play a vital role in doing the things we love the most.”

Victoria is approaching its 70% double vaccination target and reopening date, with 88.8% of Victorians over 16 having received a dose and 68% fully vaccinated.

Melbourne and parts of the Victoria area will come out of lockdown at 11:59 p.m. Thursday night, with the state expected to hit its 70% double vaccination rate by then.

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Approximately 4,000 fans will be able to attend the Play on Victoria live event at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl on October 30. Photo: Josie Hayden

The restrictions on leaving the house and the curfew will be removed.

There will be no travel limit within the Melbourne metropolis, but travel authorized to enter the Victoria area will still be required.

Ten visitors, including dependents, will be able to visit someone’s home per day.

There will also be a phased return of Grades 3 and 11 students to Melbourne Metropolitan Schools starting Friday.

Victoria recorded 1,841 new locally acquired Covid-19 infections and 12 deaths on Wednesday.

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