Dave Le’aupepe will present at the ARIA Awards next week

Looks like there won’t be a Gang of Youths performance, but Dave L. has been announced as one of the presenters at next week’s ARIA Awards in Sydney.

It happens next Wednesday night, November 28, at the Star Event Centre — one year to the date that GOY cleaned up at the 2017 ARIAs. Last year, the band won for Best Group, Best Rock Album (Go Farther In Lightness), Album of the Year (GFIL) and Producer of the Year (with Adrian Breakspear for GFIL). They also performed a killer version of “What Can I Do If The Fire Goes Out?” (watch on YouTube)

This year, the band is nominated twice:

  • Best Australian Live Act (for the 2017 National Tour)
  • Best Video (with Patrick Rohl for “The Heart Is A Muscle”)

So Dave being a presenter works out perfectly — if GOY wins one or both of those awards, he’ll be there to collect the band’s hardware.

The ARIA’s will air next week on the Nine Network.

Gang of Youths sets new Enmore Theatre record

Six sold-out shows in one tour at Sydney’s Enmore Theatre? That’s never been done before. Well, until now.

Gang of Youths just set a new record with those six sellouts at the Enmore, according to The Music. The first of those six had to be postponed due to illness, but hey … a record is a record.

The Enmore holds 2,500 for a concert, so that means 15,000 tickets sold for this run of six shows. Earlier on the Say Yes To Life tour, GOY sold out eight shows at The Forum in Melbourne. With a capacity there of 2,000, that’s 16,000 tickets sold in Melbourne.

The numbers beg a question: Is it time for Gang of Youths to move up to bigger venues in Australia? Could they play bigger venues next time around (if they want to)? As a North American, I can’t claim to be super knowledgeable about Australian concert venues. So I’ve posed that same question in our forum: Time for bigger venues in Australia? Please chime in with your thoughts.

(Photo by Bruce via Creative Commons.)

Tonight’s Sydney show canceled due to illness; make-up date announced

Gang of Youths has just announced that tonight’s show at the Enmore Theatre in Sydney has been canceled due to illness. The band shared the news via its social media channels in a message that explains Dave has a chest infection and can’t perform.

As you can see above, a make-up show has already been announced for January 31, 2019.

Here’s wishing a speedy recovery for Dave! Next show on the schedule is scheduled for Thursday night.