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MEDIA RELEASE - Countdown to state's biggest seafood and fishing fest

9 December 2019

Prepare to be entertained by a rock icon, learn how to lure a prized catch and dine on the best food and wine as the countdown begins for regional Victoria’s biggest seafood and fishing celebration.

The Hooked on Portland festival returns to the city foreshore on the January long weekend with a new social media video highlighting the busy schedule which is headlined by Noiseworks and INXS frontman Jon Stevens.

Stevens, a self-proclaimed fishing nut, is looking forward to testing his luring skills in Portland Bay before headlining the main stage on Saturday 25 January where he promises to play all of the classics such as No Lies, Love Somebody, Take me Back and Touch.

Fresh from performing on his national tour, Stevens said fans had been going wild when the iconic songs were played.
“We have all grown up listening to those songs,” he said.

“They are great songs and they should still be heard live. Andrew Farris (INXS keyboardist) came to one of our recent shows and told me I need to play more INXS songs. So, with his blessing, and the continual requests from fans, it is Noiseworks and INXS all the way. That is all you are going to hear, songs from your youth, and songs you grew up with – iconic songs from both bands.”

Stevens proclaimed his job “is to make sure everyone has the maximum best time possible”.

Preparing for the summer tourist inundation, Mayor Cr Anita Rank said the event was earmarked as of the biggest free attractions on the Great Ocean Road this summer.

“Nowhere else in regional Victoria will you get to see an Aussie rock legend, like Jon Stevens, play for free. We are extremely proud to partner with the Victorian Fisheries Authority to offer two jam-packed days of entertainment on our beautiful foreshore,” Cr Rank said.

“Featuring fishing and markets, an interactive youth zone, the Bonney Bar with wine and delicious local seafood highlighted in cooking masterclasses; there is something to tempt all taste buds, ages and abilities. I strongly urge people to secure their accommodation now because rooms will book out. Some of our biggest accommodation providers are already reporting they are close to capacity that weekend.”

To see the latest digital promotion visit the Hooked on Portland Facebook page.

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