AFL fans slam ‘depressing’ pre-game show as Sydney rockers DMA’s perform Cher’s ‘Believe’ 

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‘It’s not a funeral guys!’ AFL fans slam ‘depressing’ Grand Final pre-show as Sydney rockers DMA’s perform bizarre cover of Cher’s ‘Believe’ while Brisbane band Cub Sport deliver ‘energy sapping’ performance

It’s the build-up to the biggest game of the year, witnessed by millions of viewers across Australia.


But footy fans were left somewhat deflated by the calibre of acts on show for the pre-game entertainment at 2020’s AFL Grand Final at the Gabba in Brisbane. 

Among those taking to the stage first up were Sydney rockers DMA’S, Brisbane pop stars Cub Sport and Wolfmother lead singer Andrew Stockdale.  

Not amused? Footy fans were left somewhat deflated by the calibre of acts on show for the pre-game entertainment at 2020’s AFL Grand Final at the Gabba in Brisbane. Pictued: DMA’s

The downbeat energy of sets by the DMA’s and Cub Sport in particular left many fans complaining that the performances were more suited to a funeral. 

The DMA’s launched into a slow tempo cover of the Cher pop mega hit Believe, while Cub Sport opted for an esoteric sounding rendition of the Powderfinger rock anthem, These Days. 

That left viewers a little underwhelmed and venting their distaste on social media. 

One AFL fan Tweeted: ‘This is the most depressing pre-entertainment entertainment I’ve ever witnessed. I mean I know it’s in Brisbane but its not a funeral, guys.’

Another agreed: ‘First and last Grand Final to be held in QLD based on that depressing pre-game entertainment. Jesus f**king Christ.’

Someone else wrote: ‘Let’s have a night Grand Final they said, it’ll be better for the entertainment factor they said. 

‘Seriously, could they get any more energy SAPPING performers and songs? A complete waste of time and money this pregame entertainment is.’

Yet another chimed in: ‘Ooopz I thought it was DOA’s singing then as they sang like a tone deaf funeral!’ 

Someone else wrote: ‘Could have saved plenty of money and just hired the cover band from the Australian Hotel.’

Another raved: ‘They said nothing could get worse than Meatloaf but we’re getting pretty close.’

However there was praise for Wolfmother lead singer Andrew Stockdale, who livened things up with an energetic single-song set. 

One person Tweeted: ‘At least @wolfmother are keeping us awake… Andrew I’m loving your hair dude’.  

Another wrote: ‘How good was Wolfmother!! How good is this rendition of the National Anthem!!’ 

Someone else watching at home weighed in: ‘AFL needs to embrace everyone’s inner bogan when picking GF acts. Wolfmother are where it’s at.

‘It needs to be songs you’d hear the local cover band play at Young and Jackson’s at 1:30 when you’ve started on Bundy and Coke I love DMAs but this wasn’t their stage.’


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