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The AFL is officially out of touch with grand final performers

Jack Riewoldt of the Tigers sings on stage with Brandon Flowers and The Killers during the Virgin Australia Premiership Party after the 2017 AFL Grand Final match between the Adelaide Crows and the Richmond Tigers at Melbourne Cricket Ground on September 30, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Scott Barbour/AFL Media/Getty Images)
Roar Guru
5th September, 2018
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Well done Gillon McLachlan and the AFL; you are officially are out of touch with what is popular these days.

We have gone from Ed Sheeran to Bryan Adams to Ellie Goulding to The Killers to… Jimmy Barnes?

Jimmy Barnes has been a fantastic performer for so long at big events, but it is 2018 – and that is something the AFL need to get their heads around.

Gang of Youths are the biggest Australian band in the world right now, they won seven ARIA Awards last year for their phenomenal album Go Farther in Lightness. Rumours of The Black Eyed Peas would be a bad decision financially for the AFL.

The Black Eyed Peas won’t be the same without Fergie fronting them, and would not make the trip to Australia for a weekend.

Last time was in Australia, he spent four months as a judge on The Voice.

This is why the NRL is fantastic with Good Charlotte, Slash, Myles Kennedy and Macklemore – all being great additions to their Grand Final performances.

The AFL need to take a leaf out of the NRL’s playbook and spend some money to get an international act making waves in music right now as the headline act.

Imagine how much bigger the pre-game and the premiership party post-game performances will be; last year The Killers attracted over 15,000 at their premiership party.


The AFL need to have a good hard look at themselves regarding performers, and need to up their game.

Gil should probably go to the Super Bowl and get some ideas on who would be perfect to perform in front of 100,000 people on the last Saturday in September.