● The British singer-songwriter will headline the opening game of The Hundred to celebrate the start of the competition after the expected lifting of lockdown restrictions.
● Becky Hill, who has recently released her new single ‘Remember’, will perform on 21 July at The Kia Oval for the opening women’s game
● The opening game of The Hundred marks the first time a women’s match has started a major sporting event in the UK and to celebrate, a short film has launched today calling for people to #BeThere for this historic moment
● The Hundred is a new 100-ball cricket competition, fusing high energy entertainment with fast-paced sporting action and is coming to stadia and homes across England and Wales this July and August
British singer-songwriter Becky Hill has today announced she will be performing at the opening game of The Hundred at The Kia Oval in London on 21 July.
Coinciding with the expected lifting of lockdown restrictions, The Hundred combines world-class fast-paced cricket on the pitch with top quality live entertainment off it. It will take place across the holidays, making it an ideal day out for families and young people.
Becky Hill will be performing live on opening night as the Oval Invincibles and Manchester Originals women’s teams kick off the new 100-ball cricket competition. Becky has written and performed on twelve singles which have charted in the top 40 of the UK Official Singles Chart, (including two top 10 singles, one number 1 and nine platinum records), and was crowned the 2nd most-streamed British Female Solo Artist on Spotify UK in both 2019 and 2020.
This will be the first time a women’s match has started a major sporting event in the UK, with the ambition to elevate the women’s game. World-class players including Mady Villiers, Harmanpreet Kaur and Kate Cross will be starring in the opening game and all women’s games will be broadcast live across Sky and the BBC.
Speaking ahead of her performance, Becky Hill said: “What an incredible honour to be a part of this moment for women’s sport. Not only to be back in front of a live audience performing my own songs which I’ve not been able to perform yet, but also to be there supporting the women’s game and soaking up the atmosphere. It finally feels like the summer is returning after being indoors for so long! The Hundred is a great idea. Thank you so much for having me, I can’t wait to be a part of it!”
The announcement coincides with the launch of The Hundred’s #BeThere film, an inspirational ‘call to arms’ from the sporting community to witness a truly historic moment as fans attend the first women’s game. Tickets to the opening game and all other games between 21 July-22 Aug are available at thehundred.com.
Mady Villiers, who will take part in the opening game for Oval Invincibles, said: “This is a really big moment for women’s sport and it’s incredibly exciting to be in one of the teams that will kick off The Hundred. We want as many fans as possible to be there on the opening night to support us and support the women’s game.
“I’m sure I’ll be thinking about my bowling on the opening night itself but to know Becky will be performing is incredible. She’s a really good artist to be singing at the opening game and I know she’ll kick off The Hundred with a bang.”
Further cementing the music credentials of The Hundred, a variety of live music acts courtesy of BBC Music Introducing will also be performing at games, with the likes of The Orielles, Jerub, Lady Sanity, Coach Party and Rachel K Collier bringing a real festival vibe to the competition.
A local BBC Music Introducing DJ will also be embedded into each of the eight new teams, curating a unique soundtrack, reflective of their city and the people within it. The music on offer at each game is designed to bring fans right into the action and will all be live.
To close the competition, Jax Jones, the Ivor Novello, BRIT and Grammy-nominated Producer, DJ and multi-instrumentalist behind some of the biggest dance anthems on the planet, will be performing at The Hundred Final at Lord’s in London on 21 August.
The competition will feature some of the best players from around the world competing in eight new city-based teams across England and Wales, with men’s and women’s competitions running alongside one another. Tickets are great value for money: £5 for under 16s with adult tickets starting at £10, under-fives go free. Aside from the first two games, tickets give you the chance to see a women’s and men’s game. Refund policies will be in place should matches be affected by Covid.
To purchase tickets visit thehundred.com.
Courtesy of The ECB