Gang of Youths Gets 3 Songs in Triple J’s Hottest 100 of the Decade; “Magnolia” at No. 6

The votes have been tallied. The countdown is over. And Gang of Youths placed three songs in Triple J’s Hot 100 of the 2010s — plus another two that placed between 100-200.

The top performer of that handful was “Magnolia,” which came in at No. 6 overall — TBH, that’s a few spots lower than even the unbiased music observers were predicting. The top song was Tame Impala’s “The Less I Know The Better.”

Here’s how Gang of Youths fared overall in the top 200 songs of the decade:

6. “Magnolia”
19. “Let Me Down Easy”
52. “The Deepest Sighs, The Frankest Shadows”
108. “What Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out?”
160. “The Heart Is A Muscle”

They’re all too low, right?

Anyway, if you’re a chart geek or stats geek, Triple J has all kinds of facts and trivia about the countdown — like “Magnolia” was one of the biggest jumpers, going from #21 in the 2015 countdown to #6 in the all-decade countdown.

Gang of Youths to support Sam Fender at 5 UK shows

Gang of Youths will play five shows around the UK as the support act for Sam Fender. The 9-day run is part of Fender’s Hypersonic Missiles UK tour, and all shows are already sold out.

The dates and locations are:

  • March 26 & 27: Alexandra Palace, London
  • March 31: Motorpoint Arena, Cardiff
  • April 2: First Direct Arena, Leeds
  • April 3: Utilita Arena, Newcastle

Those are fairly big arenas, ranging from about 10,000 capacity to almost 14,000 at First Direct Arena in Leeds. GOY played bigger venues in the past when supporting Mumford & Sons and Foo Fighters, but this will prove to be good exposure, nonetheless, especially with a new album on the way.

Brooke Bentham is opening four prior shows for Fender in Manchester and Glasgow.

(Top photo by Paul Hudson, used via Creative Commons)

Gang of Youths adds first U.S. gigs of 2020: Ohana & Sea.Hear.Now festivals

Gang of Youths has announced its first U.S. shows of 2020 — two Live Nation festivals happening on consecutive weekends in September. Oh, and they’re on opposite sides of the country.

First up will be the Sea.Hear.Now festival in Asbury Park, NJ. The festival happens over two days, September 19-20. The schedule hasn’t been revealed yet, so we don’t know which day Gang of Youths will perform. Tickets are on sale now.

This’ll be a pretty cool weekend for GOY, especially for Dave L. Asbury Park is Bruce Springsteen country, and the festival takes place within walking distance of the world-famous Stone Pony, where Springsteen began his career in the 1970s. And we all know Dave L. is a big Springsteen fan, so you can imagine what the band’s Instagram account is gonna look like that weekend.

The following weekend, Gang of Youths will be in Southern California for another beach-themed gig at the Ohana Festival. GOY performs on September 26, day two of the 3-day event at Doheny State Beach in Dana Point, CA.

Tickets for the Ohana Festival go on sale this Friday, March 13.