Robbie Williams has been booked to headline the 2022 AFL Grand Final in September.
The official AFL site confirmed the ‘Let Me Entertain You’ singer will perform in front of thousands of footy fans as the pre-game entertainment.
Williams is set to open the Grand Final at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and will pick his own band for the performance, which will feature Australian musicians.
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“I am so excited to be performing for all the fans, on the hallowed turf of the MCG, for the biggest game of the year,” Williams said in a video statement.
“I’m really looking forward to performing with a cast of very talented local Australian musicians and I can’t wait to see you all on that last Saturday in September.
He added: “If it goes well, I might even put my hand up to be the next CEO of the AFL.
Alongside Williams, a number of Australian acts will also be involved in the pre-game entertainment.
“Robbie Williams is considered one of the world’s greatest showmen and to have him perform in the Telstra pre-game entertainment, along with a cast of Australian acts to be announced shortly, will be the perfect way to open the 2022 Toyota AFL Grand Final ,” the League’s manager of commercial and customer Kylie Rogers said.
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The British hitmaker was also in Melbourne earlier this year to film his upcoming biopic, Better Man.
Several big-name music acts have headed Down Under to perform in front of crowds of footy fans at the AFL Grand Final over the years.
At the 2021 event, Men At Work’s Colin Hay was the headliner, performing the band’s iconic song ‘Down Under’ via video link.
The 2020 Grand Final included a line-up of Australian performers including the bands Sheppard and Cub Sport.
Some of the biggest international acts to grace the AFL stage include Ed Sheeran in 2014, Meat Loaf in 2011 and The Killers, who headlined in 2017.
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