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Dobbyn headlining homecoming game day entertainment

Legendary New Zealand artist Sir Dave Dobbyn has today been confirmed to headline a very special game day experience for the Vodafone Warriors’ emotionally charged return to Mount Smart Stadium on July 3.

After three long years without a home game, the Vodafone Warriors will mark the launch of their four-game Homecoming Series with an entertainment package which has been more than 1000 days in the making.

The day begins with a showcase of future rugby league stars with a curtain raiser between the Wests Tigers and the Sky Sport Future Warriors Under 18s. 

As the build-up to the 4.00pm kick-off for the NRL fixture continues, the significance of the Homecoming occasion will be commemorated through a live performance by the iconic Dobbyn. 

Presented by principal partner Vodafone New Zealand and in conjunction with promoter Live Nation, Dobbyn has become New Zealand’s most celebrated songwriter and musician with a career spanning four decades providing the soundtrack to our lives through a string of hits including Be Mine Tonight, Whaling, Outlook for Thursday, You Oughta Be in Love, Loyal and Welcome Home.  

Mount Smart comes alive again during halftime with a performance from Ones To Watch artist Muroki, who blends his Kenyan and Coromandel roots to deliver silky, rhythmic grooves that have been picked up by Benee and played by Elton John on his Rocket Hour radio show back in 2020.

After being based in Australia for so long, the 2022 Homecoming will be akin to starting all over again - a second coming when the Vodafone Warriors run out for their round 16 clash with the Wests Tigers, more than 27 years after the club launched onto New Zealand’s sporting landscape on March 10, 1995.

And to honour these parallels, the team will make its entrance from the original tunnel in the north-east corner of the ground and in doing so, will recreate one of the most unforgettable moments in the club’s history, and a day when everyone will want to say they were there - 1,038 days in the making and all with the one ticket.

Very limited seats remain so head to Ticketmaster now to be there for the 2022 Homecoming Series. 

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