Western Australia to host nation’s first post-COVID live music event

Live music in Western Australia is officially back, with the announcement that up to 4,000 fans will be able to support popular local bands this Saturday.

WA Unlocked, which will be held at HBF Stadium, will feature popular local acts Crooked Colours, ShockOne, Slumberjack, and Tina Says.

It will be the first major live music event to be held in WA following the COVID-19 pandemic, and comes after the state further eased restrictions around capacity within venues on 27 June.

It is anticipated that Western Australia will move to phase five, which will see all restrictions lifted, on 18 July.

Essentially, this means Optus Stadium could host a crowd of up to 60,000 people, RAC Arena could welcome 14,000 fans and HBF Park could have 22,000 patrons.

WA’s Minister for Culture and the Arts, David Templeman, said: “The future is looking up for WA, our economy and employment.

“By announcing that this concert will take place on the day the restrictions are expected to be lifted, we can officially celebrate our newfound freedom following the COVID-19 pandemic,” he said.

“Western Australians should be very proud of how we have all handled this health crisis and that we have gotten to a point where we can see the light at the end of the tunnel.

“This is also a time to reflect on what we have all achieved through this incredibly challenging time.

“This concert will both celebrate the lifting of the restrictions and recognise the importance of supporting local music and the event industry. Whilst technology is great – nothing beats a live event!

“Hosting this concert and many more in the future means thousands are expected to get back to their jobs and thousands of fans set to be entertained.”

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