While all eyes will be on the football field on Sunday ahead of the NRL and NRLW Grand Finals, there will be plenty of musical talent to keep fans entertained.
Rock great Jimmy Barnes is the biggest drawcard but there are many other artists from all different backgrounds and styles.
Here’s a guide to entertaining before Sunday’s games.
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With the Aussie legend heading into the act, the Aussie legend is ready to make a splash at Barnes Accor Stadium ahead of Sunday’s decider.
Barnes has 19 #1 albums in Australia and has sold more records than any other local artist in this country, taking his musical talents to Sydney for Sunday’s blockbuster game.
“Grand Final Day is an opportunity for all of us to come together and celebrate the very best. I can’t wait to perform in front of a full house again with an exciting All-Australian Entertainment pre-game show line-up,” Barnes said.
Riley may not be a household name like Barnes, but she’s fast becoming notoriety after performing on a number of talent shows including The Voice, The X Factor and The Masked Singer.
He recently represented Australia at Eurovision 2022.
“Performing in the NRL Grand Finals is such a crazy moment for me in my career,” Riley said.
“To be honest, this is a platform I never thought I would get a chance to perform on. I am so honored and excited to bring my voice to this prestigious event.”
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Featuring BLISS N ESO, Joy.
With nearly half a million records sold in Australia alone, Bliss n Esso is one of Australia’s best-known hip hop acts and will be bringing their talents to Accor Stadium.
They will perform with Joy, who has been following Bliss ‘n Esso since childhood, on her own musical journey after her sophomore EP ‘Six’ has crossed 50 million views.
“Feeling super honored to be able to perform our song MOMENTS for a special tribute to the ‘Legends of the Game’, and it would be an amazing stretch to do so right before the Grand Finals start – we’re excited,” said Bliss N. Esso said.
“I am so excited to be performing at such a big event, especially with the legend Bliss n Esso, whom I have been a huge fan of since childhood,” said Joy. added.
Tesky, best known for his work with The Tesky Brothers, said he is “very excited to be performing in the NRL Grand Finals and with friends and some of my favorite singers and artists, Jimmy Barnes and Emma Donovan”. .
“It’s going to be a wild ride,” he said.
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The numbers speak for themselves. Diesel has over 100 million streams, 43 singles, 16 albums, 6 ARIA Awards, record sales of nearly 1 million and has played over 4000 live shows.
Now he will light up Accor Stadium and is waiting for the opportunity.
“There’s nothing like the energy of that pre-game crowd and performing with Jimmy has always been exciting and motivating for me,” Diesel said.
“It’s also a time to reflect, be grateful, and celebrate.”
Having worked with music greats such as Jimmy Barnes, Cold Chisel, Bruce Springsteen, Bryan Adams and Liam Gallagher, Barnes has a wealth of experience in the industry.
He has also made his own career by stunning the audience with his powerful voice.
“I’m really looking forward to singing with A.GIRL and Emma Donovan at the first pre-game show of the 2022 NRLW Grand Finals,” said the soul and blues talent.
“It’s going to be a great afternoon full of music and footy. Let’s hear it out for the girls.”
An ARIA-nominated Indigenous singer-songwriter, Donovan has been touring for more than 20 years, her latest stop being Accor Stadium.
Of course, his family, like many others, has rugby league connections.
“In my family, you were born either a singer or a footballer,” she said.
“My mom was a big fan of bunnies. I remember sitting in the bill at games and getting excited to listen to Tina Turner’s Simply the Best and Jimmy Barnes’s Anything – it was such a big part of my childhood.
“What a dream it really is to sing in NRL, my two worlds will finally unite”
A.GIRL is a rising star who hails from western Sydney’s underground hiphop/RnB scene and is also proud of her Māori heritage.
She said that she is looking forward to the opportunity to celebrate the talent of women in the field of playground and music.
“It’s good to see the spotlight shining more on women in sports,” A.GIRL said.
“We have some real female bosses on the field and it is great to see them become more valuable and aired on the national telly. As a woman in music, which is also a male dominated industry, I feel excited to do a show for girls, along with a few girls.
“Boys, you’re also welcome, so let’s see your queens slaughter on the playground and slaughter on the musical stage.”
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