Rugby League’s biggest game of the season will rock to the tunes of international superstars, Joel and Benji Madden, with award-winning band Good Charlotte today confirmed to headline a stunning entertainment line-up for the 2012 Telstra Premiership Grand Final at ANZ Stadium on September 30.
Good Charlotte will be joined by Ireland’s The Script as part of a day-long entertainment bonanza that will feature the game’s first ever carnival precinct with 2km of temporary fencing enclosing ANZ Stadium exclusively for the 80,000 plus Grand Final ticketholders.
The highly anticipated finale to one of the most successful seasons in the game’s 104-year history will kick-off after Joel Madden, who won the hearts of Australians during his stint as a coach on The Voice, and the Good Charlotte band perform their smash hits ‘Last Night’ and ‘I Don’t Wanna Be In Love’.
"We are excited to play at the NRL Grand Final; we always feel so at home in Australia, so to be included in a sporting event like this is really exciting for us,” said Benji and Joel Madden.
“Hopefully we don't screw up in front of such a big crowd! Can't wait to see everyone there! Thank you Australia."
The Madden brothers will complete a short three-concert tour the weekend before the Telstra Premiership Grand Final with Good Charlotte performing in Melbourne (Sept 20), Sydney’s Luna Park (Sept 21) and Newcastle (Sept 22). Tickets for the Sydney concert can be purchased from Ticketmaster and Big Top Luna Park.
The Script will perform their hit singles ‘Hall of Fame’ and ‘Break Even’ as part of a pre-match tribute to this year’s retiring NRL players including Petero Civoniceva (Broncos), Ben Hormby and Dean Young (Dragons), Nathan Hindmarsh, Luke Burt and Casey Maguire (Eels). They will also sing a special track at half-time.
Popular The Voice finalist Sarah De Bono will perform the national anthem; and the Mindfield Project, a group of young musicians from the South West Sydney region who have partnered with NRL players interested in music to write and perform songs, will sing a track.
The Telstra Child Flight helicopter will deliver the Telstra Premiership trophy and the 8th Immortal, to be named during Grand Final Week celebrations at the Men of League Ball, will be presented to the crowd.
The 2012 NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final will kick-off at 5pm.
The Grand Final Precinct, which will feature interactive games, rides, live music (including Justice Crew), a merchandise supercentre, family areas, food stalls and Grand Final team bars, will be open from 10am, with activities from 11am-4pm.