Over the years, sporting events such as the World Cup final and Super Bowl have grown in popularity all over the world. In fact, these titanic clashes are no longer purely sport-related as many showpiece events have entertainment before, during and after the match. In recent times, there have been some memorable musical performances at sport events, none more so than Katy Perry’s show during the Super Bowl in 2015 – who could forget ‘Left Shark’, eh? However, there have been many more excellent gigs over the years for sporting events – we take a look at some of the best acts.
Destiny’s Child (NBA Finals 2001)
For many years, the National Basketball Association appointed a music act to perform at half-time during the NBA Finals. While the series is seven matches long, the league selected a group to perform on just one of the nights to ensure that all supporters were kept entertained during the mid-session interval. In 2001, Destiny’s Child were fortunate enough to play at the Finals between the Philadelphia 76ers and Los Angeles Lakers.
Unfortunately for the girlband, nobody got the memo that this game was to be held in Philadelphia and the group all turned up wearing LA Lakers gear – which didn’t exactly go down well with the Philly faithful. Destiny’s Child produced sound musical performance but were booed off for their attire. Since then, nobody has been brave enough to wear the opposition’s colours whilst performing at a major sporting venue.
Hard-Fi (FA Cup final 2012)
Nowadays, the FA Cup final is widely regarded as a dull affair as the ‘magic of the cup’ has all but vanished in the modern era. The Premier League has taken centre stage and rightly so. However, the FA Cup should remain a priority for many clubs. In 2012, Hard-Fi managed to reach the FA Cup final in a different way as they played a pre-match concert on top of Wembley Stadium’s roof.
While the pre-match concert no longer exists, many will still trek to Wembley in anticipation of a decent game this season. Arsenal have won the competition in each of the last two years and could claim a third successive victory this season, too. The Gunners are priced at 13/2 in the FA Cup betting markets at the time of writing to go all the way to Wembley this year and, although there won’t be any pre-match entertainment, it will still be a tasty encounter.