ECHUCA musician Benny Walker will take the stage with a number of other artists as they kick-start COVID-safe live music at Handle Bar on October 31.
The Play On regional series will feature more than 20 regional Victorian artists at eight outdoor events across the state throughout the last weekend of the month.
Concerts will be held for double vaccinated audiences at outdoor venues in Bendigo as well as Geelong, Ballarat, Halls Gap, Warrnambool, Castlemaine, Archies Creek and Avenel.
Play On events are aiming support Victorian artists who have been unable to perform during the pandemic and help regional music venues that have also been affected, providing a major boost to eight regional cities and towns.
"These outdoor gigs will showcase many of regional Victoria's best musicians and beloved venues - and will be a vital step in bringing live music back to our state and getting the industry back on its feet," Minister for Creative Industries Danny Pearson said.
"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."
Mr Walker will be joined in Bendigo by Dallas Frasca and Harry Hookey, while other regional centres will see artists such as Gareth Liddiard, Dan Kelly, Kutcha Edwards & Friends, Alice Skye, The Kite Machine and Jess Rebiro.
"This all-regional line up is a celebration of our amazing talent across Victoria. These incredible artists will light up outdoor stages at some of our favourite regional venues and give us a taste of exciting times ahead," Minister for Regional Development Mary-Anne Thomas said.
"I encourage music fans across Victoria to get involved and support the safe return of live music."
The announcement follows the recent unveiling of the line-up for the Play On Victoria concert at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl on Saturday, October 30.
Fans attending the concert will be asked to show they're fully vaccinated with a COVID-19 digital certificate displayed through the Service Victoria app.
Victorians can add their COVID-19 digital certificate to the Service Victoria app through MyGov or the Express Medicare Plus App.
Proof of vaccination can also be shown 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.
For more information on ticketing and line-ups visit vmdo.com.au/playonvic
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