Prime Minister Anthony Albanese downs a beer at Gang of Youths concert in Sydney

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Anthony Albanese channels Bob Hawke as he downs a beer to the roar of the crowd at Gang of Youths concert

  • Anthony Albanese downed a beer at a packed Enmore Theatre on Monday
  • The Australian prime Minister was attending a Gang of Youths concert in Sydney
  • Crowd erupted as Mr Albanese sculled the beer before displaying the empty cup 

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Australian Prime MInister Anthony Albanese sent a concert hall into raptures after downing a beer when he was spotted sitting in the crowd.

The Labor leader was sitting front row in the gallery at the Enmore Theatre for the Gang of Youths concert in Sydney on Monday night, before he was noticed by revellers in the standing section below.

After cajoling from the audience, Mr Albanese sculled the rest of his beer before standing and showing the adoring auditorium his empty schooner.

Australian Prime MInister Anthony Albanese sent a concert hall into raptures after downing a beer when he was spotted sitting in the crowd

Australian Prime MInister Anthony Albanese sent a concert hall into raptures after downing a beer when he was spotted sitting in the crowd

Mr Albanese holds his empty schooner aloft after sculling his beer

Mr Albanese holds his empty schooner aloft after sculling his beer

The Enmore Theatre crowd erupted after the PM finished his beer

The Enmore Theatre crowd erupted after the PM finished his beer

After cajoling from the audience, Mr Albanese sculled the rest of his beer before standing and showing the adoring auditorium his empty schooner

Mr Albanese, who lives in nearby Marrickville and grew up in the close Camperdown, is a regular in the inner-west’s arts scene.

Video of Mr Albanese’s antics was posted to Twitter, with people commenting celebrating the larrikin Australian leader.

‘I don’t think i ever saw a group of theatre-goers, turn to the bleachers, and cheer for the former PM,’ one person said.

Video of Mr Albanese's antics was posted to Twitter, with people commenting celebrating the larrikin Australian leader

Video of Mr Albanese's antics was posted to Twitter, with people commenting celebrating the larrikin Australian leader

Video of Mr Albanese’s antics was posted to Twitter, with people commenting celebrating the larrikin Australian leader

‘Reminds me of another great PM – the late Bob Hawke,’ another said, comparing Mr Albanese to his former mentor who also loved a beer. 

It’s not known whether Mr Albanese was personally invited by the band, but he commonly attends music festivals and is a friend of artists from the area including Sticky Fingers. 

The response to the PM’s presence was a stark contrast from Scott Morrison’s reception at footy games, often being booed by even his fellow Cronulla Sharks fans.