Powderfinger turn down ‘very generous’ AFL Grand Final offer

Aussie rock band Powderfinger has turned down an invitation to perform at the AFL Grand Final in Brisbane.

Speculation has been mounting since this week’s Grand Final announcement that the band would reunite as part of a blockbuster entertainment line-up for the decider.

Even Premier Annastacia Palaszczuk flagged the possibility during the week.


“If Bernard is out there listening, I’ll give him a shout-out.”

But despite widespread support for the Queensland rockers and a ‘very generous’ offer from the AFL, the band has said no.

“We were extremely flattered to have been asked to perform at the Gabba AFL GF,” the band tweeted.

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

The band says while they may be at the Grand Final, it would only be to watch the game.

After retiring as a band in 2010, Powderfinger say they would rather see ‘active’ Queensland artists perform.

They’ve even put forward their own suggestions including Amy Shark, Ball Park Music, Busby Marou and Thelma Plum.