Bernard Fanning and more added to Merlin Darwin Triple Crown program

NT Government

There are just 100 days to go until the Merlin Darwin Triple Crown, and things are speeding up with critically acclaimed Aussie favourite Bernard Fanning in pole position for the Saturday night concert.

Lead vocalist of legendary band Powderfinger, Fanning will play to a Darwin crowd for the first time since 2016. Brisbane’s Ball Park Music and electronic musician Alice Ivy will join him on the line-up, promising a non-stop evening of entertainment.

Accelerating things further, industry leader Merlin has come on board as naming rights sponsor. Their ambassador is Supercars hero Greg Murphy. Having such a well-regarded international brand on board injects an extra element of exposure for the event.

The Territory has remained the safest place in the country during the pandemic, and when it comes to major events – the envy of the nation.

The Friday night program will also see the Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Cars joining the Australian Top Door Slammers for Nitro Up North. These one-off 4000-horsepower beasts go from zero to 100km/h in less than a second and fly down the quarter mile at speeds in excess of 440km/h.

Ticket sales are moving quickly, with more than 80 per cent of corporate hospitality now sold out. To cope with demand, tickets for a new hospitality option are now on sale.

The Hidden Valley Club is situated at the top of the Valley and offers an elevated vantage point and prime track viewing.

The Merlin Darwin Triple Crown takes place from 18-20 June 2021.

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Quotes from Minister for Major Events, Natasha Fyles:

“This event will put Darwin on the map as we continue our comeback from the coronavirus crisis.

“Not only have we kept Territorians safe during the pandemic, but we have continued to be able to hold exciting events, which draw in visitors from right around the country, and keep the economy ticking over.

“After a unique Supercars doubleheader last year, this year we’ll see a super-fast edition, featuring the Supercars, Australian Superbikes, Stadium Super Trucks, Nitro Up North complete with the Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Cars and Australian Top Door Slammers, and some first-rate acts on stage.

“With another world-class event this year and strong demand for tickets already, the flow-on benefits will be felt across our community.”

Quotes from performer, Bernard Fanning:

“The beautiful Northern Territory is one of my favourite places to visit, and it has been more than four years since we have had the pleasure of seeing you guys in the flesh.

“I’ll be bringing my band The Black Fins and we can’t wait to play some tunes, new and old, for you at the Merlin Darwin Triple Crown, especially after what has been an incredibly tough year for so many people.”

Quotes from Merlin Director, Marketing & Strategic Partnerships, Grant Emmanuel:

“We are incredibly proud to throw our support behind a sport that we love and become a race name sponsor for the upcoming Darwin Triple Crown.

“This partnership with Supercars and our continued relationship with our brand ambassador, Supercars legend Greg Murphy, helps us showcase our Merlin offer to an audience of car enthusiasts who really value securing and protecting their prized possessions.”

Quotes from Morice Mcmillin, Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Cars Series Manager:

“To be part of the Merlin Darwin Triple Crown is very cool. It’s such a unique event that really can’t be replicated anywhere else in the country. To have so many entertaining forms of motorsport in one event is going to be a spectator’s dream.

“The Aeroflow Outlaw Nitro Funny Cars are pumped to get back up to Darwin, and put on some side by side 400km/h Nitro action for the fans.”

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