Live Review: Gang Of Youths, Melbourne 12/08/22

Gang Of Youths
(Image credit: Jess Gleeson)

WHERE: Rod Laver Arena, Naarm/Melbourne VIC
WHEN: Friday August 12th, 2022
REVIEW: Ellie Robinson

Between all the heavy subject matter, kaleidoscopic soundscapes and ambitious sonic detours it presented, Angel In Realtime – Gang Of Youths’ statement-making third album, which arrived back in February – can’t be authentically represented live anywhere smaller than an arena. The Sydney-native, London-based quintet have played a few intimate shows off the back off it – most in clubs around their new stomping grounds – and footage from those show the songs translating well, but notably so in a much different light to their studio-mixed counterparts. This stately run of arena shows, though, promised a genuine reflection of the grandeur captured on Angel In Realtime: grandeur that Gang Of Youths have proved they’re more than capable of. 

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Ellie Robinson
Editor-at-Large, Australian Guitar Magazine

Ellie Robinson is an Australian writer, editor and dog enthusiast with a keen ear for pop-rock and a keen tongue for actual Pop Rocks. Her bylines include music rag staples like NME, BLUNT, Mixdown and, of course, Australian Guitar (where she also serves as Editor-at-Large), but also less expected fare like TV Soap and Snowboarding Australia. Her go-to guitar is a Fender Player Tele, which, controversially, she only picked up after she'd joined the team at Australian Guitar. Before then, Ellie was a keyboardist – thankfully, the AG crew helped her see the light…