NRL unveil Grand Final headline act

The NRL has announced Grammy Award-winning artist Macklemore will headline the 2017 NRL Telstra Premiership Grand Final pre-game show.

The US artist will perform his chart-topping hit ‘Glorious’ at ANZ Stadium on October 1, along with a number of his other hits, including ‘Thirft Shop’.

Macklemore’s show will be his only performance during a short trip to Australia following the release of his new album, Gemini, on September 22.


A spectacular light and pyro show will accompany the performance, in line with the NRL’s theme for the decider: “Let’s Make It Grand.”

And in an NRL first, the act was chosen after a special focus group involving fans. Macklemore was one of the leading choices in a vote by fans on who they wanted most to perform prior to the big event.

“We are excited to showcase Macklemore’s unique music live for our fans,” NRL Chief Commercial Officer Andrew Abdo said.

“He is one of the world’s leading artists at the moment and popular with Australians and most importantly our fans. It is a real coup for him to be performing exclusively for us during his only show in Australia on the back of the release of his new album.

“The fact that we were able to bring an act who was specifically requested by a fan focus group is something really special.

“Our Grand Final Entertainment will once again ensure that the biggest match of the season is a spectacular event not to be missed.”

Macklemore said it was an exciting opportunity.

“I couldn’t be more honoured and excited to perform at the NRL Grand Final,” he said.

“It’ll be one of the largest crowds I’ve performed for thus far and my only show in Australia this year. I’m humbled to have the opportunity to reach such a large, enthusiastic NRL audience.”