Following sell-out performances at the 2014 Tamworth Music Festival, multi award-winning country musician Troy Cassar-Daley will be the headline act during the Festival of Indigenous Rugby League in Newcastle next week.
Cassar-Daley will close a program of cultural acts including performances from local singing group, the Windale Choir, and the Hunter Indigenous dance group, the Millibah Dancers at the trial match between Wayne Bennett's Knights and Laurie Daley's non-elite Indigenous First Nations Goannas at Hunter Stadium on Saturday, February 8.
The game will mark the end of a week-long celebration in Newcastle of Indigenous Rugby League that includes the NRL Indigenous Players Cultural Camp, community and school visits, a free Deadly Choices Community Event, health clinics and preliminary games including the celebrated Murris v Koori Interstate Challenge, and the Indigenous Women’s and U16 boys Queensland vs New South Wales interstate matches.
“As a proud Indigenous Australian, it’s fantastic to see Rugby League continuing to celebrate the Indigenous community and honoring their role in the success of the game,” Cassar-Daley said.
“It’s exciting to be a part of such a rich cultural celebration and share my music with sports fans and the wider community in Newcastle.
“I’m also looking forward to seeing some of the talented young Indigenous players get the opportunity to play against the Knights in the culmination of what will have been a really significant experience in their lives over the past two weeks.”
The All Stars concept will return in 2015 with the NRL All Stars v Indigenous Stars match rested in 2014 following the World Cup.
Tickets for the Festival of Indigenous Rugby League match between the Knights and First Nations Goannas are on sale now. Click Here to purchase:
• General admission: Adults $18, Children $8, Family $45
• Reserved: Adults $25, Children $15, Family $65