The first AFL grand final to ever be played outside of Melbourne will have a “quintessential Queensland” vibe, with organisers announcing an all-Aussie musical lineup for the code’s decider at Brisbane’s Gabba on October 24.
Brisbane band Sheppard, best known for hits Geronimo and Coming Home, will perform during the halftime break, while Brisbane indie-pop faves Cub Sport and Indigenous electronic duo Electric Fields, performing with Brisbane singer Thelma Plum and Rockhampton roots duo Busby Marou, will also feature at the event.
Other artists set to perform include Sydney Brit-poppers DMA’s, Wolfmother’s Andrew Stockdale, and the Queensland Symphony Orchestra led by renowned musical director Chong Lim. Up There Cazaly writer Mike Brady will also perform the famed footy anthem from the MCG, accompanied live by the QSO at the Gabba.
Sparked by the second-wave spread of COVID-19 through Victoria since July, the grand final’s move to the Gabba marks the first time that the decider won’t be played in Melbourne since the Victorian Football League was established in 1897. It’s also the first time the game will be held at night.
The band Sheppard said in a statement that the “importance and sheer scope of this event isn’t lost on us”.
“Obviously, this is an absolute dream gig for any band in any year and we are pinching ourselves that we’ve been given such an incredible opportunity,” the band said. “We’ve got a euphoric, energetic and colourful show planned that we hope you’ll all enjoy.”