Jimmy Barnes to headline NRL grand final entertainment in historic pre-game show

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Jimmy Barnes will headline an all-Aussie music lineup at the NRL grand final in Sydney on Sunday week.

The decider returns to Sydney this year after Covid-forced border lockdowns saw the grand final played in Brisbane last year.

Barnes will be joined by Australian hip-hop legends Bliss n Eso, Diesel, Josh Teskey, Eurovision star Sheldon Riley.

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Barned, who performed at the 1998 and 2015 rugby league grand finals, said he cannot wait to return to Accor Stadium on October 2.

“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 pre-game show line up in front of a full house again.”

Bliss n Eso (featuring JOY.) will perform their hit, “Moments”, paying tribute to the game’s retiring players.

There will be two pre-game shows for the first time, with Mahalia Barnes, Indigenous singer-songwriter Emma Donovan and A.GIRL performing before the NRLW final.

The trio will team up to perform their take on Aussie classic “The Real Thing”.

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“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!”

Alinta Chidzey will perform the national anthem.

“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.”

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