Melbourne to hold 4000-person concert

A star line-up has been unveiled for an upcoming Melbourne concert, in the first test of the Victoria’s COVID-19 vaccination check-in system for large crowds as the city reopens.

Almost 4000 fans will be allowed to attend the October 30 concert at Sidney Myer Music Bowl, with the headlines acts including Baker Boy, Amyl and the Sniffers, and King Gizzard and the Lizard Wizard.

Other artists on the bill are Grace Cummings as well as Vika and Linda Bull.

“This is a fantastic line-up. I haven’t been this excited since I got tickets to see Cold Chisel play at Festival Hall,” Creative Industries Minister Danny Pearson told reporters on Wednesday.

All concert-goers, who will be spread out across the Kings Domain venue, must show proof of their COVID-19 digital vaccination certificate through the Service Victoria or Medicare app and wear face masks unless eating or drinking.

Tickets cost $29.90 and go on sale from 3pm Friday on the Art Centre website.

Mr Pearson said the event marked a return to normal life after Melbourne’s long-running sixth lockdown ends just before midnight on Thursday.

“This is going to be a celebration of us, of our city, of our great state, and it is a start of a revival and a renaissance of live music here in Victoria,” he said.

Three days later, up to 10,000 punters will be allowed into Flemington Racecourse for the Melbourne Cup as part of a further test.

Entertainment venues cannot operate indoors until the state hits its 80 per cent vaccination coverage target, but will then still have to follow a strict density limit of one person per four square metres.

Asked whether the concert and racing crowds were a slap in the face to small operators, Mr Pearson said: “This is a trial, a test of the technology. It is a chance for people to get out.”

Despite the return of crowds, a local Victorian government has already pulled the pin on New Year’s Eve celebrations over QR code complexities.

Surf Coast Shire Council has announced the annual fireworks display in the coastal, tourist town of Lorne won’t go ahead.

It’s the second year in a row the popular event has been canned.

Ransce Salan, the council’s environment and development manager, said the fireworks celebration raised QR code check-in, contact tracing and social-distancing issues.

“The public events framework doesn’t provide clarity on how to manage a non-ticketed mass crowd event,” Mr Salan said.

“The requirements for planning an event of this scale are such that we need to make the decision now.”

He said the call was made in consultation with other agencies including Victoria Police, which faced “stretched resources along the coast this year”.

It is understood the City of Melbourne is awaiting state government approval for its New Year’s Eve plans.

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