It was the Sydney Roosters taking on Melbourne Storm in tonight’s NRL Grand Final and as always, there was pre-game entertainment. Earlier this month it was announced that Gang of Youths were locked in to perform at the final which is bloody y’huge for the band.
Not only were the boys playing in their home city in front of thousands across the country but they’re also big fans of the sport. Max Dunn donned a Warriors jersey and Donnie Borzestowski wore a really old Newcastle Knights jersey which fans absolutely frothed.
The boys performed three songs off their multi ARIA award-winning album, Go Farther In Lightness, including ‘The Deepest Sighs, the Frankest Shadows’.
Watch a snippet of this performance below.
— NRL (@NRL) September 30, 2018
The crowd were also treated to the quality tune that is ‘What Can I Do If the Fire Goes Out?’
LOOK AT DAVID LE’AUPEPE GO.
— Wide World of Sports (@wwos) September 30, 2018
It goes without saying that Gang of Youths are real popular with the ~ youth ~ of today especially at the festivals but unfortunately the same cannot be said for much of the older NRL fans. Many punters at tonight’s grand final were left scratching their heads trying to figure out who the band were. Although, a number of NRL heads did enjoy their music so that’s nice.
First and foremost…
— Phil Jamieson (@philjamieson) September 30, 2018
Also, behold a glorious tweet:
Who the fuck are “gang of youths “ they don’t play this on radio national #NRLGrandFinal
— Qld Sports Fan (@QldSportsFan) September 30, 2018
And now to the rest.
I am unfamiliar with these Gang of Youths kiddies because I'm a balding suburban slob who's out of touch with modern music, but they're good. A bit of early rockin' U2 abut them
— Anthony Sharwood ❄️???? (@antsharwood) September 30, 2018
— Gavin Flanagan (@gavflano) September 30, 2018
Covering NRL grand final. And Gang of Youths is the entertainment. Sound good but never heard of them! pic.twitter.com/O87o1Izl7G
— Ray Gatt (@Gatty54) September 30, 2018
Most searched item on Google right now ‘Who is Gang of Youths’ #NRLGF
— Spidey (@webspinner7) September 30, 2018
can't say anz stadium in front of a crowd of middle aged blokes and kids is the best place for gang of youths to showcase their talents
— mitch? (@mitchmcrae_) September 30, 2018
Who the hell are Gang Of Youths?? #NRLGF
— Trevor Long (@trevorlong) September 30, 2018
I’m showing my age here, but I had to Spotify who Gang Of Youths were when they were announced as pregame. But I really enjoyed that show
— Daniel Munday (@DanielMunday) September 30, 2018
Don’t know Gang of Youths but they’re doing an awesome job! Good rocking music with real instruments – #NRLGF once again wiping the floor with the AFL – much better pregame entertainment and atmosphere!
— Ash Archer (@AshArcher) September 30, 2018
I know nothing about Gang of Youths but the drummer is wearing an old Knights Jersey. It has Henny Penny on it. I wonder where he found that. #vintagejersey #1988
— Bevie (@beviesplace) September 30, 2018
At the end of the day, the boys made a lot of people happy including this bloke:
You can all turn off ya tele’s now David Leuipepepe has shook his sexy hips and swaggered his cheeky knees
Gang Of Youths just made Sydney proud ???? #NRLGF
— BEERBOY (@beerboy182) September 30, 2018
And then you had the other people who… were not a fan at all and even claimed the band were “terrible” and did not sing in key.
Take former AFL player Brendan Fevola‘s tweet for example – clearly not a fan.
NRL pre game entertainment ????♂️????
— Brendan Fevola (@BrendanFevola25) September 30, 2018
Thought Gang of Youths were actually fine…
But let’s be honest it’s almost unaustralian not to talk shit about a band’s Grand Final performance.#NRLGF
— JΛKE BUCKLEY ???????? (@TheMasterBucks) September 30, 2018
Give me Gang of Youths over that Black Eyed Peas tribute band from yesterday.#NRLGF
— Former Legend (@Former_legend) September 30, 2018
As for the actual grand final, the Sydney Roosters were victorious 21-6.
— NRL (@NRL) September 30, 2018
Have a good one, folks.Image: AAP / CRAIG GOLDING