AUSTRALIA – A galaxy of stars will headline the NRL grand final entertainment while Brisbane will pay tribute to rugby league royalty in the lead-up to the game with King George Square renamed King Wally Square.
Grand Final Week will officially kick off on Sunday evening with Brisbane City Hall, King George Tower and the Hilton lit up with iconic images from the season, tributes to Penrith and South Sydney, the game’s fans and a thank you to the Queensland community for their hospitality.
The pre-game entertainment at Suncorp Stadium will have a Queensland theme with home-grown star Kate Miller-Heidke to sing the national anthem and the award-winning singer-songwriter will also lead the entertainment with Ian Moss, respected across the globe as one of Australia’s most iconic musicians.
Miller-Heidke said she was “absolutely thrilled and proud to get to sing at the grand final – it’s a huge honour”.
Globe-trotting DJs and producers The Stafford Brothers, multi-Platinum DJ, producer and live instrumentalist Timmy Trumpet, internationally acclaimed didgeridoo player and composer William Barton and a 40-piece Orchestra will complete the grand final entertainment which will also include a spectacular light show.
King George Square in the Brisbane CBD will be renamed King Wally Square in honour of Queensland Immortal Wally Lewis as part of a two-day NRL Fan Fest on Thursday and Friday, culminating with the appearance of both teams on Friday afternoon.
NRL chief executive Andrew Abdo said the week-long celebration was a fitting way to thank Queensland for supporting the Telstra Premiership in 2021 after 13 teams relocated to the Sunshine State in July due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
The grand final day will also feature preliminary finals from the Intrust Super Cup. The final allocation of supporter bay tickets, for Penrith and Souths fans, will be released on Monday with club members accessing the tickets at 10 am and any remaining seats going on sale to the general public at 4 pm.