Powderfinger rule out performing at Brisbane AFL grand final

Powderfinger have refused an offer from the AFL to come out of retirement to play the grand final at the Gabba in October.

Following days of speculation that the Queensland rock legends would play the first AFL grand final hosted in the state, the band confirmed on Twitter that promoter Michael Gudinski and the AFL board had approached them to perform at the event.

The AFL grand final will be played outside of Victoria for the first time on October 24 due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Despite saying they were flattered by the proposal, the band said they would not be playing.

“A very generous and enticing proposal made by Mr Gudinski and the AFL board (thanks ladies and gents) but it is not to be this time folks,” the post read.


The band went on to say they would rather see active Queensland artists perform at the event, putting forward a suggested list of artists to be considered, including: Amy Shark, Ball Park Music, Busby Marou, Cub Sport, Dune Rats, The Chats, Nat Dunn, Thelma Plum, Violent Soho and Waax.

Powderfinger retired in 2010 after a successful 21-year career including six studio albums that achieved platinum sales on the ARIA charts, as well being the only band to top Triple J’s Hottest 100 in consecutive years.

The five-piece have previously knocked back offers to reunite for events such as the one-off charity concert to raise money for victims of the 2011 Queensland floods, but later released a charity song to contribute.

They briefly reunited for a one-off live streaming event earlier this year which raised almost $500,000 for music and arts industries impacted by the pandemic.

The band said they may still attend the Brisbane grand final, just not to perform.

“Might see some of you at the Gabba October 24 but we will just have a beer and a pie in hand not guitars,” the band’s Twitter account said.