A-list music talent set to perform live at The Hundred cricket competition in collaboration with BBC Music Introducing, marking the biggest music and sport collaboration in UK history

Cardiff’s own Afro Cluster has been unveiled as the headliner for The Hundred match at newly formed cricket team, Welsh Fire’s home ground, Sophia Gardens, on 6 August, while Welsh electronic music talent Rachel K Collier will be delighting fans at the ground on 18 August.

Live sport and music are teaming up like never before this summer, with The Hundred today unveiling the all-star music line-up to complement one of the most anticipated new sporting events which starts just days after lockdown restrictions are due to lift on 21 July.

As the biggest sport and music collaboration in UK history, there will be live music and DJs at each of the 64 games, meaning the entertainment off the pitch will match the action on it thanks to an unprecedented collaboration between The Hundred and BBC Music Introducing. Afro Cluster and Rachel K Collier will be joined by other BBC Music Introducing acts such as up and coming Cardiff based rapper Juice Menace at Sophia Gardens this summer.

Combining world-class fast-paced cricket, with top quality live music, The Hundred will bring entertainment to the whole family this summer, with tickets selling fast.

Afro Cluster says, “We couldn’t be more excited to be performing for The Hundred at Sophia Gardens this summer, it will be fantastic to be back in front of a crowd in our hometown and be part of such an anticipated sporting event!”

Music is integral to The Hundred’s match day experience, keeping fans on the edge of their seats. The line-up of music talent comes as part of The Hundred’s ambition to throw cricket’s doors open to broader audiences this summer, welcoming in families and inspiring the next generation to say that cricket is a game for them.

Sanjay Patel, The Hundred Managing Director says, “We’re delighted to announce more big-name artists also including Lady Leshurr, Everything Everything and Jack Garratt in collaboration with BBC Music Introducing, providing a ground-breaking music programme as part of The Hundred. It’s mixing sport and music in a way that’s not been done before in the UK. Our music line up, coupled with world-class cricket on the pitch, is sure to provide an entertaining day out for the whole family.”

The Hundred will kick off with a standalone women’s match between the Oval Invincibles and the Manchester Originals – making history as the first major UK team sport to do so. The competition will ensure men’s and women’s cricket is played on a shared platform, with equal prize money and a host of female cricket players and artists taking centre stage, broadcast live across Sky and the BBC.

Featuring some of the best players from around the world competing in eight new city-based teams across England and Wales, The Hundred will see 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 £12, 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.

Buy your tickets for this summer’s must-see sporting and entertainment event at thehundred.com.