- ICEHOUSE to perform ‘Great Southern Land’ at the MCG with First Nations musicians, Mitch Tambo and William Barton
- Zimbabwean-born, Thndo Sikwila, and 13-year-old Australian Indian, Janaki Easwar will also feature with ICEHOUSE in ‘We Can Get Together’
- The closing celebrations will showcase modern, multicultural Australia to a global audience and bring generations and cultures together
Striking at the heart of the event – bringing generations and cultures together – the celebrations before the start of the match will honour each team who participated in the World Cup and will weave together artists who represent multicultural Australia.
The second song of the evening, ICEHOUSE’S – We Can Get Together – will feature the remarkable sounds of Zimbabwean-born ‘First Lady of Soul and R&B’, Thndo Sikwila, and 13-year-old second generation Australian Indian, Janaki Easwar.
The celebrations – which will be broadcast to millions of people globally – will also incorporate instruments, dancers and sounds from around the world, bringing the iconic MCG to life before the cricket takes centre stage.
At the MCG for the announcement, Iva Davies, founder, singer, multi-instrumentalist and composer of ICEHOUSE said:
“It’s an absolute honour to be asked to play at the final of the ICC Men’s T20 World Cup. As an Australian, anytime you get the chance to perform at the iconic Melbourne Cricket Ground you know it’s going to be special, and I can’t wait to celebrate the final with thousands of passionate fans.
“Working with Mitch and Will on ‘Great Southern Land’, as well as Janaki and Thndo on ‘We Can Get Together’, has been an incredible experience and each artist brings their own unique style and personality to the track. It’s going to be a great representation of Australia!
“Fittingly, this year marks the fortieth anniversary of Great Southern Land, and I can’t think of a better way to celebrate the song than by sharing it with not only Australia and those at the ‘G, but a global audience of hundreds of millions too.”
ICC Men’s T20 World Cup CEO, Michelle Enright said:
“Since the first ball of the event was bowled on October 16, it’s been amazing to see everyone come together and embrace this T20 World Cup – it’s been a true celebration of cricket and the many different cultures within its extraordinary global fan base.
“When we thought about the final, we wanted to create an entertainment piece that speaks to our purpose and goes to the heart of the event, which is just that, bringing generations and cultures together.
“The combination of an Australian classic which has been reworked to acknowledge our First Nations Peoples, coupled with performances by Janaki and Thndo – plus a myriad of cultural performers and dancers – will perfectly capture the essence of this event and recognise every team from around the world who participated.
“Together with a live Welcome to Country on the day, it’s going to be a wonderful celebration and I can’t wait to see this vision come to life at the MCG on Sunday 13 November.”
The T20 World Cup Final takes place on Sunday 13 November at the MCG at 7pm (AEDT), tickets available now!