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The Black Sorrows to headline Country Festival

Music royalty is set to rock the G with Aussie band The Black Sorrows confirmed as the headline act at this year’s Powercor Country Festival in Yarra Park ahead of the Round 9 blockbuster between Essendon and Geelong at the MCG.

Iconic Australian singer John Williamson AM will again perform the unofficial national anthem ‘Waltzing Matilda’ in a special pre-game ceremony at this year’s Powercor Country Festival match between Essendon and Geelong at the MCG on Saturday May 19.

Essendon and Geelong supporters are being encouraged to be in their seats by 4:20pm to take part in the ceremony and join in the singalong before the bounce.  

Williamson said he was excited to be part of the 2018 country festival ceremony.

“This really is a True Blue event”, Williamson said

“I’ve played here before and the great atmosphere, comradery and friendships I have made have made me want to return again”

“This day celebrates everything I remember from my youth, people from all over coming together to share a laugh or beer together and celebrate the country.”

The Black Sorrows will play classic hits including Shape I’m In, Hold On To Me, Harley and Rose, Chained To The Wheel, Never Let Me Go and the Chosen Ones on the main stage at the free event in Yarra Park.

Lead singer and front man Joe Camilleri said the band was thrilled to be part of the festival.

“My band the The Black Sorrows are really looking forward to playing live at the Powercor Country Festival," Camilleri said

“Engaging Music & Sport is something Australia does so well. We hope to see hope to see as many families there enjoying this special free event."

The pre-match ceremony will also pay tribute to the thousands of volunteers who continue to be the fabric of regional communities and will feature the unfurling of an oversize Australian flag held up by men and women from the Country Fire Authority. 

Williamson will also perform at the festival in Yarra Park with other Australian artists including the Black Sorrows, Michelle Gardiner and Darren Coggan.  

Yarra Park main stage

1:00pm - 1:45pm

Michelle Gardiner

1:50pm - 2:30pm

Darren Coggan

2:30pm - 2:40pm

George the Farmer

2:45pm - 3:00pm

John Williamson

3:05pm - 3:55pm

The Black Sorrows

The views in this article are those of the author and not necessarily those of the AFL or its clubs