"I am so excited to be performing for you, on the hallowed turf of the MCG.”
International pop juggernaut Robbie Williams has been confirmed to play this year’s AFL Grand Final.
The English singer will headline the pre-game entertainment, noting, "I am so excited to be performing for you, on the hallowed turf of the MCG.”
Williams also stated that he would be joined by a “cast of local Australian talent”, handpicking some local musos to play in his band during the performance.
The singer allegedly rebuffed an offer of $1 million to perform three songs at the 2014 AFL Grand Final, with reports citing his busy schedule as the reason a deal couldn’t be struck.
Let me entertain you! @robbiewilliams is officially headlining the @Telstra Pre Game Entertainment at the 2022 @Toyota_Aus AFL Grand Final!— AFL (@AFL) July 1, 2022
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AFL Chief Executive Gillon McLachlan said: "We are back at the MCG, back in front of 100,000 fans and no better performer than Robbie Williams to help amplify the atmosphere ahead of the biggest sporting event in the country."
Last year’s WA-based Grand Final was headlined by Birds Of Tokyo and Eskimo Joe.
Williams has been spending quite a bit of time in Australia as of late around the production of his biopic, Better Man.
One of the largest ever movies to film on location in Melbourne, Better Man saw Williams perform two headline shows at Rod Laver in April, footage from which will be used in the film.
Frontier Touring noted: “Select performances from the night will be filmed for inclusion in the biopic, so fans are encouraged to raid the back of the wardrobe and come dressed in their best ‘90s concert-going outfit.”
Better Man is being directed and co-written by Victorian filmmaker Michael Gracey.