They have stopped traffic, inflamed passions, inspired fans, and broken new ground. Now Midnight Oil is coming to Canberra’s AIS Arena.
Watching Midnight Oil in full flight is to experience the raw power of live rock and roll. Oils’ music makes you feel, their lyrics make you think, and their impact in a live concert makes you want to get involved in the world in ways you never imagined.
Anyone with even a passing knowledge of Australian culture knows Midnight Oil’s story. They are the incendiary post-punk band who shunned TV shows like Countdown, instead gigging endlessly and forging a fierce bond with their audience. They are the musical innovators who turned high tech anti-jingoistic polemic into hit songs. They are the activists whose social justice campaigning hit a high note with the hijacking of the 2000 Olympic Games Closing Ceremony with their “Sorry” suits.
The Great Circle 2017 World Tour will see the group’s classic line-up literally circle the globe for six months. Midnight Oil will rock more than 30 gigs around the world, playing iconic venues such as London’s Hammersmith Apollo and The Olympia in Paris. They will share festival stages with artists like Arcade Fire, Sting and Pixies and finally return to New Zealand after 20 years.
This long-awaited World Tour will climax with 18 special homecoming concerts, including one at the AIS Arena in Canberra on Tuesday 24 October.
These will be Midnight Oil’s only shows in the last 15 years apart from two stadium benefit concerts Waveaid at the Sydney Cricket Ground (2005) and Sound Relief at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (2009). It will also be the group’s most extensive world tour since the early 90s.
The diverse spread of special guests who have signed up to be part of this unique tour reflect the long shadow that Midnight Oil has cast across the musical landscape. They include significant Australian voices such as John Butler Trio, AB Original, Adalita, Apakatjah, Bad/Dreems, Birds Of Tokyo, David Bridie, Ash Grunwald, Irrunytju Band, Jack River, Jedediah, The Jezebels, The Living End, Abbe May, Something For Kate, Spiderbait, Dan Sultan, Urthboy, and Frank Yamma.