The Temper Trap has been named as part of the 2022 Telstra Half-Time Entertainment.


Tuesday, September 6 - G Flip 
Wednesday, September 7 - Mike Brady
Thursday, September 8 - The Temper Trap featuring Budjerah & Ngaiire
Friday, September 9- Artist to be revealed
Saturday, September 10- Artist to be revealed

The AFL is pleased to announce Australian indie-rock band The Temper Trap will perform alongside emerging singer-songwriters Budjerah and Ngaiire as part of the Telstra Half-Time Entertainment at the 2022 Toyota AFL Grand Final.

The Temper Trap, Budjerah and Ngaiire will join September favourite Mike Brady AM, Australian pop-rock artist G Flip, international superstar Robbie Williams and a host of soon to be released Australian music artists in the Telstra Pre-Match and Half-Time Entertainment line-up as the Toyota AFL Grand Final returns to the MCG for the first time since 2019.

The announcement comes as part of the AFL’s five-day celebration of the Telstra Half-Time Entertainment which will see a new Australian act revealed each day from Tuesday September 6-Saturday September 10.

AFL Executive General Manager Customer and Commercial Kylie Rogers said it was pleasing to welcome several home-grown talent to the MCG to perform at one of the biggest games on the Australian sporting calendar.

“This year’s Telstra Pre-Match and Half-Time Entertainment is shaping up to be one of the greatest Grand Final music spectacles of all time,” Ms Rogers said.

“We know how brilliant our Australian music talent is, so we’re delighted to welcome The Temper Trap, Budjerah, Ngaiire and a host of home-grown stars to the MCG as we celebrate the end of the 2022 Toyota AFL Premiership Season and award this year’s premiers.

“I’d like to thank Telstra for its support of this year’s entertainment and look forward to seeing the return of 100,000 fans at the MCG on the last Saturday in September for this much-loved occasion.”

Budjerah will perform in the 2022 Telstra Half-Time Entertainment alongside The Temper Trap and Ngaiire.

Budjerah will perform in the 2022 Telstra Half-Time Entertainment alongside The Temper Trap and Ngaiire.

Universally regarded as one of Australia’s best live acts, The Temper Trap have won a plethora of music accolades including four ARIA Awards for Best Group, Best Rock Album and Most Popular Australian Single (Sweet Disposition) and APRA Music Award for Song of the Year (Sweet Disposition) to name just a few.

Having played in the half-time entertainment at the 2012 Toyota AFL Grand Final, The Temper Trap said they were looking forward to returning to the hallowed turf almost a decade on.

“We’re thrilled to return to the mighty MCG to perform alongside Budjerah and Ngaiire at the Toyota AFL Grand Final. The last time we did this, it was a truly massive honour and returning to Melbourne, where the band formed, post the pandemic is beyond our wildest imaginings. We can’t wait to see you all there.”

Budjerah said, “I’m super excited to be a part of this year’s AFL Grand Final! It’s the biggest sports event in Australia and the Telstra Half-Time Entertainment is the one of the biggest stages you can get. It’s a once in a lifetime thing and I can’t wait!”

Ngaiire said, “What a trip to be able to play something that is so iconic to so many Australians. Can’t wait to immerse myself in that grand final energy.”

Ngaiire is looking forward to performing at the MCG as part of the 2022 Telstra Half-Time Entertainment. Photo: Krissy Bryant


Formed in Melbourne in 2005, The Temper Trap has been creating music for almost two decades, releasing three studio albums throughout its career titled ‘Conditions’, ‘The Temper Trap’ and most recently ‘Thick as Thieves’. Poised as one of Australia’s best live acts, The Temper Trap has performed to sold-out shows around the world, gracing the stages of Glastonbury, Lollapalooza and Coachella and supported bands including Coldplay and the Rolling Stones. It’s no coincidence that in 2022 The Temper Trap continues to see success off their back catalog with ‘Sweet Disposition’ experiencing a viral moment on TikTok racking up over 100 thousand videos and over 200 million views, happily welcoming a new generation of fans. Never wanting to rest of their laurels, The Temper Trap continue to write music in the background, with aims to head back into the studio together in 2022 to finish off a new body of work.

In 2020, Australia was introduced to Coodjinburra man and rising R&B star Budjerah. Claiming the ARIA Breakthrough Artist award from five nominations, Budjerah is ready to charge forward, armed with a new set of songs that show off his range, his fire, and heart-wrenching voice. Since the release of his EP ‘Conversations’, Budjerah has commenced his global assault, most notably featuring on a remix of Ed Sheeran’s hit single “2Step”. Budjerah also performed to rapturous audiences in London, New York and Los Angeles, alongside a global run as special guest for Vance Joy; and appearances at The Great Escape festival.. Since returning to home soil, Budjerah has wowed audiences with sets at Splendour in the Grass and Gang of Youths festival, A More Perfect Union. Following the release of his latest single, "Ready for the Sky"; Budjerah will be heading out on a National Tour supporting Vance Joy this October.

Hailing from the Eastern Highlands and New Ireland provinces of Papua New Guinea, though now Sydney Australia-based, Ngaiire’s sound melds electronic neo-soul, gospel, and big pop sounds, strained through the lens of a First Nations Papua New Guinean songwriter. Ngaiire - pronounced nigh-ree (rhymes with diary), has an innovative approach that has garnered her four ARIA award nominations including Artist of the Year, four National Live Music Awards, three FBi Radio SMAC Awards, and the inaugural Australian Women in Music Award for Artistic Excellence. Not allowing herself to be defined solely as a musician, Ngaiire is an avid visual artist and creator. Ngaiire’s most recent award-winning album 3 is a visual and musical exploration into experiences of journeying to her ancestral villages in Papua New Guinea.