The NRL and NRLW have opted for an All-Australian music extravaganza with their Grand Final day, an eclectic mix of musicians ranging from Jimmy Barnes to Bliss n Eso.
Overall, ten different artists will showcase their talent across both the Women’s and Men’s NRL Grand Finals, with enough variety to ensure there is something for everyone.
NRL and NRLW Grand Final day will feature a diverse range of artists across the two events.
Here’s who the fans will be able to see:
As one third of an acclaimed trio of artists performing at the NRLW Grand Final Pre-Game Show, Mahalia Barnes will be performing a version of The Real Thing, saying that she is excited to be part of a show highlighting some of the best women in the Australian music industry.
“I’m really looking forward to singing with A.GIRL and Emma Donovan at the 2022 NRLW Grand Final’s first ever Pre-Game Show,” Barnes said.
“It’s going to be a great afternoon filled with music and footy.
“Let’s hear it for the girls!”
Joining Barnes at the NRLW Grand Final Pre-Game Show will be Western Sydney Hip-hop artist A.GIRL, who is equally excited to celebrate women in the sports industry and the music industry.
“It’s hella good to see the spotlight shine more on women in sport,” A.GIRL said.
“We have some real female bosses on the field and it’s great to see them being valued more and broadcast on national [television].
“As a woman in music, which is also a male-dominated industry, I feel excited to put on a show with some girls, for the girls.
“Boys, you are welcome too, so come see your queens slay in the sporting arena and slay on the music stage.”
The third and final part of the NRLW Grand Final Pre-Game Show trio, Emma Donovan is an ARIA-nominated singer who is keen to see her two passions collide.
“In my family, you were either born a singer or a footballer,” Donovan said.
“My mum was a huge Bunnies fan.
“I remember sitting in the burrow at games and getting all excited to hear songs like Simply The Best by Tina Turner and anything by Jimmy Barnes – this was such a huge part of my childhood.
“What a dream it is to actually be singing at the NRL, both of my worlds will finally unite.”
One of Australia’s most iconic musicians, Jimmy Barnes will perform the NRL’s Grand Final Pre-Game Show, alongside a host of friends and special guests.
No stranger to the NRL Finals, Barnes has praised the celebration of Australian music.
“Grand Final Day is a chance for us to all come together and celebrate with the best of the best,” Barnes said.
“I can’t wait to perform with an exciting All-Australian Entertainment Pre-Game Show line up in front of a full house again.”
Joining Barnes on stage is musical journeyman Diesel, who is keen to reunite with Barnes on a stage as big as this.
“There is nothing like the energy of that pre-game crowd and performing with Jimmy has always been exciting and inspiring for me,” Diesel said.
“It’s also a time to reflect, be thankful and to celebrate.”
Josh Teskey will also grace the stage alongside Barnes, Diesel, and Emma Donovan, and jumped at the chance to perform alongside some of his idols.
“I’m so excited to be performing at the NRL grand final and alongside friends and some of my favourite singers and performers, Jimmy Barnes and Emma Donovan,” Teskey said.
“It’s going to be a wild ride!”
Fresh off of Eurovision 2022, Sheldon Riley will bring his unique sound to the NRL Grand Final.
Despite his prolific year, Riley considers this to be his biggest performance yet, and one that he cannot wait to begin.
“Performing at the NRL Grand Final is such an insane moment for me in my career,” Riley said.
“To be honest, it’s a stage I never thought I’d have the opportunity to perform on.
“I’m so honoured and excited to be bringing my voice to this iconic event.”
Bliss n Eso, featuring JOY
Paying tribute to the NRL’s retiring players, hip-hop group Bliss n Eso and singer JOY will perform their hit song MOMENTS, hoping they can pay respect to some of the game’s icons in the manner they deserve.
“Feeling super honoured to be able to perform our song MOMENTS for a special tribute to the retiring “legends of the game”, and to do this right before the Grand Final begins will be an amazing vibe – we are pumped,” Bliss n Eso said.
“I am very excited to be performing at such a huge event, especially with legends Bliss n Eso, whom I’ve been a huge fan of since I was young,” added JOY.
Rounding out the musical smorgasbord offered by the NRL and NRLW is Alinta Chidzey, the star of the musical Moulin Rouge!, which is currently playing at Sydney’s Capitol Theatre.
Chidzey will be performing the Australian national anthem, and she is excited to set the tone of the day’s proceedings.
“What an honour it is to sing the National Anthem before one of the most exciting games in Australian sport,” Chidzey said.
“Just before the Grand Final game kicks off is so electrifying as it’s when all the nerves and excitement are at a peak.
“The whole stadium comes together, united in anticipation, before it all begins.”