Live music returns to MCEC after almost a year of silence

Plenary at Melbourne Convention Exhibition Centre (MCEC) saw a return to live music for the first time since March last year, with Ben Folds performing with the Melbourne Symphony Orchestra (MSO) at the start of the month.

MCEC is now able to host events at up to 75 per cent capacity per event space, to a maximum of 5,000 attendees, with Ben Folds the first live performer to return to the venue since Covid-19 restrictions were introduced.

“We were thrilled to welcome Ben Folds and the MSO as the first musicians to perform in MCEC’s Plenary since we closed our doors early in 2020,” said Darren Waite, MCEC’s director of sales.

“We welcomed on average 1600 attendees each night of the concert and received extremely positive feedback to our Venue Safe plan. It was fantastic to see such respect from attendees as they followed strict protocols regarding queuing, temperature checks and the use of QR codes.

“We look forward to this being the start of return of business events, exhibitions and conferences at MCEC.”