Global music superstar and hometown hero Vance Joy is set to kick off celebrations at the AFL’s Big Freeze match between the Collingwood Football Club and Melbourne Football Club on June 13.

The Australian, ARIA-award-winning singer-songwriter will take to the MCG performing hits such as Missing Piece, and his new single Clarity from his forthcoming album ‘In Our Own Sweet Time’ (out June 10).

His performance will precede the Big Freeze celebrity slide and Round 13 clash at the MCG on the Queen’s Birthday public holiday (VIC).

The announcement of Vance Joy as the musical act for the Big Freeze comes as tickets for the AFL game go on sale.

Now in its eighth year, the annual Big Freeze event sees the AFL community come together to help raise awareness and funds to find effective treatments and a cure for Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

Vance Joy said he was excited to be heading to his hometown for the iconic event in the AFL calendar.

“It’s an honour to be part of the Big Freeze 8, an event which has fundraised an incredible amount of money to help find a cure for MND,” Vance Joy said.

“I can’t wait to perform in front of a packed-out crowd at the MCG, all wearing their Big Freeze blue beanies.”

FightMND Campaigns Director Bec Daniher also flagged her excitement at being able to celebrate the Big Freeze, with her father and FightMND Patron and co-founder Neale Daniher, in front of tens of thousands of passionate AFL fans.

“The Big Freeze is back with a bang and what better way to kick off the celebrations than with a performance by Vance Joy,” Bec Daniher said.

“Throw in the return of the March to the G’ along Daniher’s Way, watching our brave celebrity sliders plunge into the ice, and the atmosphere of 80,000 cheering footy fans, the Big Freeze 8 is shaping up to be an unforgettable day.”

Tickets to the Big Freeze match can be purchased online via Ticketek.

Big Freeze beanies are now on sale in Coles, Coles Express and Bunnings stores nationwide and online here.