AFL 2021 Grand Final entertainment saw a pre-game spectacle delighting football fans before Birds of Tokyo made headlines at halftime.
Both shows had a Western Australian flavor, with mostly local artists performing before and during the Melbourne-Western Bulldogs clash.
Eight years after performing in the Grand Final for the first time, WA’s Birds of Tokyo performed in the halftime show with the West Australian Symphony Orchestra in a show under the lights, with the sunset halfway of the second trimester.
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Luckily the lights were out as they started with Lanterns, before heading towards a cover of Silverchair’s Straight Lines.
Then came their own song Unbreakable – no, I haven’t heard of it – and that was it, just the three songs.
To be honest, if you thought the show under the lights last year was good, you were probably thrilled again, but if you think the Grand Final should always be over before 6 p.m., that won’t change your mind. ‘opinion.
Legendary Mike Brady kicked off the pre-game show with a rendition of Up There Cazaly from Melbourne.
He walked the streets of the CBD – luckily he picked a day without any protester – to end up at the MCG.
A cover of AC / DC’s Thunderstuck, starring Abbe May, left Fremantle fans a little sore that their team wasn’t involved.
Indigenous artist Baker Boy covered Kylie Minogue’s Can’t Get You Out Of My Head, which got us going in circles, before doing her song Meditjin – which you know from the Fox Footy Indigenous Round commercials, and it is a bit of a banger.
Matt Priddis lookalike John Butler then joined the action, performing Ocean – an instrumental, so his vocals sounded great – before a cover of Icehouse’s Great Southern Land with Stella Donnelly, Vikki Thorn, Donna Simpson, Gina Williams and Guy Ghouse.
The adjective titular was correct.
Eskimo Joe didn’t want to get involved in the cover action at first, running their own Black Fingernails, Red Wine.
But then came a cover of Kick from INXS – despite Toby Greene not playing.
Then came Men at Work frontman Colin Hay – well, he wasn’t there, but at least he had a scarf from both teams to prove he wasn’t ready to commit.
Hay did The Men At Work Song (aka Down Under), which was handy to remind us which country we are in, as well as the other performers.
In the end, it was pretty brilliant, if we’re being honest. It turns out that when you choose good songs, it all sounds great.