Grinspoon to amp up Origin Perth

The National Rugby League (NRL) today announced that ARIA-winning Australian rock band Grinspoon will headline pre-match entertainment at Ampol State of Origin Two 2022, at the stadium Optus from Perth, Sunday June 26th.

The band, who are currently headlining sold-out festivals across the country, will help create an electric atmosphere as the sport’s biggest rivalry returns to WA for the first time since 2019.

NRL CEO Andrew Abdo said: “We are delighted to have iconic Australian band Grinspoon adding to the atmosphere in the build-up to Game 2. We’re all looking forward to Origin’s return to Perth and it promises to be a great experience for fans.

Grinspoon lead singer Phil Jamieson added: “The shows don’t get much bigger than State of Origin, and as four boys who grew up in Lismore NSW, it’s one that means a lot to us. We can’t wait to go there to Optus Stadium and set the stage for an awesome football game.

Tickets for Origin Two are selling out fast after last Wednesday’s blockbuster opener. Seats are available at nrl.com/tickets.

Additional fan entertainment in and around Optus Stadium will include a range of food, drink and interactive experiences, a spectacular pre-match light show, the traditional Welcome to Country, brand new goalposts” luminous” used everywhere and the Ampol Match “Mini Origin” at half-time, with local junior players.

The 2022 Ampol State of Origin Two is supported by the Government of Western Australia through its tourism agency, Tourism WA.

State of Origin’s return to Western Australia will coincide with Rugby League’s 75th anniversary in WA.

Corina C. Butler