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Live music at the Gap

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Halls Gap Hotel will be part of an event celebratin­g the return of live outdoor music this weekend.

The hotel is one of eight outdoor regional venues involved in a State Government Play On Victoria concert promotion.

Acts listed to play at Halls Gap Hotel on Sunday include The Kite Machine, This Way North, Steve Cousins, Maddy May and Asha Bright.

The concert series, for audiences double-vaccinated against COVID19, includes more than 20 regional artists.

Other outdoor venues are at Geelong, Ballarat, Bendigo, Warrnamboo­l, Castlemain­e, Archies Creek and Avenel.

The regional announceme­nt follows the unveiling of a line-up for the Play On Victoria concert at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in Melbourne on Saturday.

Similar to the Melbourne event, the regional shows will trial the return of live music in a COVID-SAFE way.

The Play On events are designed to support Victorian artists unable to perform during the pandemic, help regional music venues that have also been affected and provide a boost to eight regional cities and towns.

Organisers have stressed that fans attending the concert must show they are fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 digital certificat­e displayed through a Service Victoria app. Victorians can add their COVID-19 digital certificat­e to the Service Victoria app through Mygov or the Express Medicare Plus app.

Patrons can also show proof of vaccinatio­n through the Medicare app or equivalent smartphone wallet. They can also present a printed version of their certificat­e or immunisati­on history statement or provide evidence of a valid exemption.

People seeking more informatio­n on ticketing and line-ups can visit vmdo.com.au/playonvic.

Victorian Creative Industries Minister Danny Pearson said the outdoor concerts represente­d an important step in bringing live music back to Victoria.

He said it would also play a role in getting the entertainm­ent industry ‘back on its feet’.

“We’re making sure we have the best technology in place to get our great local events up and going again and make them run as smoothly as possible,” he said.

Regional Developmen­t Minister Mary-anne Thomas added the all-regional line-up was a celebratio­n of talent across the state.

These incredible artists will light up outdoor stages at some of our favourite regional venues and give us a taste of exciting times ahead,” she said.

“I encourage music fans across Victoria to get involved and support the safe return of live music.”

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