Get Ready, Get Set for Opening Ceremony
The 2016 Alice Springs Masters Games begins today with participants and volunteers gathering in the Todd Mall from 5.30pm before they leave en masse for Anzac Oval. The teams in all their colours and costumes will display the real spirit of the Friendly Games.
Their arrival at the oval will be heralded by a cannon shot, followed by the national anthem before the NT Chief Minister Michael Gunner declares the Games open.
The official fireworks display will then light up the night, setting the scene for a wonderful week of friendly sporting activity.
The stellar line-up of entertainment kicks off at 7.30pm with Clearway, one of Adelaide’s great rock bands.
The three-piece band with a huge sound and the raw authenticity of a big, big band were a huge hit at the 2014 Alice Springs Masters Games and have been regular performers in Alice Springs.
Clearway’s continued popularity all over the country stems from their dedication to deliver the best music in the best possible way. The trio play everything from old classics, like Elvis and The Rolling Stones, to today’s big hits from the likes of Good Charlotte and Nickleback.
Clearway has been rocking pubs, bars and festivals all over South Australia since the 80s. They guarantee a good night out and are sure to get the Games off to a rocking start.
Participants should be warmed up by the time Wilbur Wilde and the Troublemakers featuring Wendy Stapleton take the stage.
Adelaide-based saxophonist Wilbur Wilde rose to prominence with the bands Ol’ 55, Jo Jo Zep & The Falcons, Klapa Maslina and Skyhooks.
Wilde is also well known for appearing as part of the house band on Hey Hey It’s Saturday, alongside Red Symons from 1984 to 1999 where he demonstrated more talents than just playing an instrument.
Stapleton is a pop/rock singer-songwriter and musical theatre and television actress. She has performed as a backing singer, session musician and a solo artist; fronting various Melbourne-based groups including the Wendy Stapleton Band and Wendy & the Rocketts.
The final act for the night will be The Australian Blues Brothers who are sure to get everyone up and dancing to wrap up almost four hours of live music.
Food and drinks will be available for purchase. No bottles or glass to be brought in to the grounds.