Hunters & Collectors, Birds Of Tokyo For Grand Final

Article on the Hunters and Collectors reunion for the 2013 AFL Grand Final.

Author: Mess + Noise.

Date: 2 September 2013.

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After the Meat Loaf debacle of 2011, the AFL has once again decided to showcase local talent at this year’s AFL Grand Final.

Following on from The Temper Trap’s triumphant performance last year, the reformed Hunters & Collectors will take the coveted half-time spot while Birds of Tokyo, whose song ‘Lanterns’ was the most-played song on Australian radio for the first half of 2013, will warm up the crowd pre-game.

The announcement marks a big few weeks for Hunters & Collectors, who have been named as support for Bruce Springsteen’s Australian tour and are the focus of the tribute album, Crucible, to be released the day before the Grand Final. The half-time performance, where the group will likely showcase hits including ‘Throw Your Arms Around Me’ and unofficial grand final anthem ‘Holy Grail’, will be their first since 2009.

Frontman Mark Seymour said the band was thrilled to be playing the “biggest day of our national calendar”: “We’ll be playing the AFL Grand Final in front of the biggest sporting crowd you could ever play to. It’s a great privilege and an honour,” Seymour said.

The league will also retain The Premiership Party, which saw Paul Kelly and The Temper Trap perform a free concert to fans inside the MCG last year. This year’s headliners will both appear on stage before the 2013 AFL premiers are presented to the crowd.

The AFL seems keen to align itself with Aussie music, with You Am I frontman Tim Rogers fronting the league’s ‘This Is Greatness’ ad campaign for the third year running (watch below). The 2013 Toyota AFL Grand Final will air on Channel Seven on September 28.