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For The Jumper charity concert has been going for few years now at The Gasometer Hotel in Collingwood. It is a true celebration of what makes Melbourne so unique and special. Music, football, beers and cheers, as well known Melbourne music identities don their favourite football team jumpers, as they play footy club theme songs and a tribute number.
They play their homage to their football team in the order of ladder, with the wooden spoon team starting first. All of the way, until a coin toss determines the final two top teams of the year. This year that means Sydney Swans or Footscray Bulldogs. As the MC, Stewart Farrell declares, "Remember last year and the year before that....the band played last, wins the Grand Final". More about that coin toss winner later.
Only Melbourne can host this sort of event, with it's fervent music loving community spirit where 20,000 music fans will turn up at a Save Live Australian Music (SLAM) rally and 23,000 people will attend the annual much-adored charity football match, The Reclink Community Cup. Tonight, it is all for a great cause too, with the money raised on the night, going towards The Indigenous Literacy Foundation.
Last year's For The Jumper concert had many memorable moments from Tex Perkins and Dan Sultan performing an energetic punk classic by The Saints "This Perfect Day" while wearing St Kilda football guernsey. Labor MP Anthony Albanese aka DJ Albo got in the party mood, loudly singing the Hawthorn Football Club Theme Song. Tim Rogers, looking dapper in a North Melbourne jumper, kicked out a heartwarming rendition of cheesy 80's megahit by Journey. To top it all off, there was even a Japanese rendition of the Collingwood Theme song, sung by Keisuke Nakamura of Mach Pelican, backed by Oh Mercy.
To relive those highlights and more, read and watch our gig review of For The Jumper 2015, only available on TheDwarf.com.au:
Let's get the party started! Here is EVERY performance of For The Jumper 2016. First cab off the rank is the Essendon Football Club who has had a tragic year with only three wins, after twelve of their star players were handed anti-doping bans. Which is why they picked this cool cover of Ammonia's "Drugs", even though musically it sounds like a dead ringer of Cornershop's "Brimful of Asha". It is a nice mashup and before you ask, yes that is Dave Mudie from Courtney Barnett's CB3 bashing away on drums.
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