Midnight Oil Announce World Tour

0

February 17, 2017 – Legendary Australian rock band and agitators Midnight Oil today announced –  in a press conference held on Sydney Harbour – their first World Tour in over two decades. They also unveiled plans to release three archival box sets including a collection called The Overflow Tank which will contain more than 14 hours of previously unreleased and rare material.

The Great Circle 2017 World Tour will see the group’s classic line-up literally circle around our overheating planet for 6 months, starting and ending with gigs in Sydney. Appropriately for a band forged in their hometown’s sweat-drenched beer barns, the tour will begin in mid-April with an intimate local pub gig (details to be announced closer to the date).

Midnight Oil will then hone their live show with over 30 gigs around the world during the northern summer, playing iconic venues from Sao Paulo’s Espaço das Americas and the Wiltern in L.A. to London’s Hammersmith Apollo and The Olympia in Paris. They will share festival stages with artists like Arcade Fire, Sting and The Pixies and finally return to New Zealand after 20 years.

This long-awaited World Tour will climax with 18 special homecoming concerts through October and November, 2017. Given the band’s deep connections with central Australia the local leg will kick off in Alice Springs and Darwin before starting to circle their homeland with a show in the rainforest near Cairns. Over the following five weeks the tour will loop clockwise around the country in mainly outdoor venues including Hope Estate in the Hunter Valley, Victoria’s Hanging Rock and Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Brisbane’s River Stage and the Village Green beside Adelaide Oval before “The Great Circle” finally comes to a close right back where it all began; with a final show in Sydney on November 11 at that traditional home of Australian political activism, The Domain.

These will be Midnight Oil’s only shows in the last 15 years apart from two stadium benefit concerts (and their related small warmup gigs); 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 their classic late 80’s/early 90’s albums like Diesel & Dust, Blue Sky Mining and Earth & Sun & Moon sold over 10 million copies around the globe.

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.

People who sign up to Midnight Oil’s mailing list at www.midnightoil.com/mailing-list in the next few days will get first access to Australian tickets in a special pre-sale on Thursday February 23 alongside Frontier Touring members. Remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public on Monday February 27.

All dates, venues, line-ups and ticket information are listed below. Exact on sale times are deliberately being staggered from show to show to reduce website congestion so fans should pay very careful attention to all the details at www.midnightoil.com/tour-dates. Extensive anti-scalping measures are being taken around this tour so fans are formally advised to only buy tickets from the official ticket agencies listed on the band’s website to avoid possible fraud and needless overpayment via so called “reselling” sites.

The band has also announced the impending release of a remastered CD box set called The Full Tank featuring all of their existing albums and EP’s plus a mammoth new 4 CD/8 DVD box set titles The Overflow Tank which will include over 14 hours of previously unreleased and rare material. Both of these box sets will be housed in replica miniature water tanks like the one featured onstage at so many ‘Oils’ gigs. The band have also unveiled their first ever complete Vinyl collection which will feature 11 remastered LP’s and two 12” EP’s all cut at Abbey Rd Studios in London.

In keeping with the band’s longstanding commitments, the band claims that their carbon footprint during The Great Circle World Tour will, will be fully offset and sustainability initiatives will be undertaken at all shows. Midnight Oil will also continue their collaborations with local and international environmental organisations including Greenpeace, supporting their campaigns on crucial issues like dangerous climate change and the imminent threats to Australia’s Great Barrier Reef.

FRONTIER MEMBERS PRE-SALE via frontiertouring.com/midnightoil
Begins: Thursday 23 February | Ends: Friday 24 February (or ends earlier if pre-sale allocation exhausted)
Pre-sale times are staggered per show, visit the website for more details

MIDNIGHT OIL PRE-SALE via midnightoil.com
Begins: Thursday 23 Feb | Ends: Friday 24 February (or ends earlier if pre-sale allocation exhausted)
Pre-sale times are staggered per show, visit the website for more details

GENERAL PUBLIC ON SALE
Begins: Monday 27 February – see start times below
Monday 2 October | ANZAC Oval, Alice Springs, NT (18+*)
With Dan Sultan & Apakatjah
ticketek.com.au | Ph: 132 849
On sale: Monday 27 Feb (12:30pm local time)

Wednesday October 4- Darwin Amphitheatre, Darwin, NT (18+*)
With Dan Sultan & Irrunytju Band
ticketek.com.au | Ph: 132 849
On sale: Mon 27 Feb (12:30pm local time)

Saturday October 7-  Kuranda Amphitheatre, Cairns, QLD (18+*)
With Urthboy
ticketek.com.au | Ph: 132 849
On sale: Mon 27 Feb (12noon local time)

Tuesday October 10 – Townsville Entertainment Centre, Townsville, QLD (All Ages)
With Urthboy
tecc.net.au | Ph: (07) 4771 400
On sale: Mon 27 Feb (12noon local time)

Thursday October 12 – Great Western Hotel, Rockhampton, QLD (18+*)
With Urthboy
ticketek.com.au | Ph: 132 849
On sale: Mon 27 Feb (12noon local time)

Saturday October 14 – Big Pineapple Fields, Sunshine Coast, QLD (18+*)
With The Living End & Jebediah
ticketek.com.au | Ph: 132 849
On sale: Mon 27 Feb (12noon local time)

Sunday October 15 – Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD (All Ages)
With The Jezabels
ticketmaster.com.au | Ph: 136 100
On sale: Mon 27 Feb (1pm local time)

Thursday October 19 – Hockey Fields, Coffs Harbour (18+*)
With Jebediah & Jack River
ticketek.com.au | Ph: 132 849
On sale: Mon 27 Feb (12noon AEDT)

Saturday October – Hope Estate, Hunter Valley, NSW (18+*)
With Birds of Tokyo & Ash Grunwald
ticketek.com.au | Ph: 132 849
On sale: Mon 27 Feb (12noon AEDT)

Tuesday October 24 – AIS Arena, Canberra, ACT (All Ages)
With Something For Kate
ticketek.com.au | Ph: 132 849
On sale: Mon 27 Feb (12noon AEDT)

Thursday October 26 – The Village Green Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, SA (All Ages)
With Spiderbait & Bad//Dreems
ticketek.com.au | Ph: 132 849
On sale: Mon 27 Feb (1.30pm local time)

Saturday October 28 – Perth Arena, Perth, WA (All Ages)
With Spiderbait
ticketek.com.au | Ph: 132 849
On sale: Mon 27 Feb (12noon local time)

Wednesday November 1 – Derwent Entertainmnent Centre, Hobart, TAS (All Ages)
With The Jezabels
ticketmaster.com.au | Ph: 136 100
On sale: Mon 27 Feb (3pm AEDT)

Friday November 3 – Gateway Lakes, Wodonga, VIC (18+*)
With The Living End
ticketmaster.com.au | Ph: 136 100
On sale: Mon 27 Feb (3pm AEDT)

Saturday November 4 – Hanging Rock, Mt Macedon, VIC (18+*)
With John Butler Trio, Something for Kate, Frank Yamma & David Bridie
ticketmaster.com.au | Ph: 136 100
On sale: Mon 27 Feb (2pm AEDT)

Monday November 6 – Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, VIC (All Ages)
With The Jezabels & Adalita
ticketmaster.com.au | Ph: 136 100
On sale: Mon 27 Feb (4pm AEDT)

Wednesday November 8 – Win Entertainment Centre, Wollongong, NSW (All Ages)
With Abbe May
ticketmaster.com.au | Ph: 136 100
On sale: Mon 27 Feb (2pm AEDT)

Saturday November 11 – The Domain, Sydney, NSW (18+*)
With John Butler Trio & A.B.Original
ticketek.com.au | Ph: 132 849
On sale: Mon 27 Feb (11am AEDT)
* U18s must be accompanied by parent/legal guardian

INTERNATIONAL TOUR DATES:
Full details at www.midnightoil.com/tour-dates/

SOUTH AMERICA
Tuesday 25 Apr Pepsi on Stage | Porto Alegre
Thursday 27 Apr Live | Curtiba
Saturday 29 Apr Espaço das Americas | São Paolo
Sunday 30 Apr Vivo Rio | Rio De Janeiro
Tuesday 2 May NET Live | Brasilia

NORTH AMERICA
Saturday 6 May Center Stage | Atlanta, GA
Tuesday 9 May The Filmore | Silver Spring, MD
Thursday 11 May House of Blues | Boston, MA
Saturday 13 May Webster Hall | New York City, NY
Tuesday 16 May Keswick Theatre | Glenside, PA
Thursday 18 May The Vic | Chicago, IL
Saturday 20 May Danforth Theatre | Toronto, Canada
Tuesday 23 May Paramount Theatre | Denver, CO
Thursday 25 May The Wiltern | Los Angeles, CA
Saturday 27 May Fox Theatre | Oakland, CA
Monday 29 May Revolution Hall | Portland, OR
Wednesday 31 May Moore Theatre | Seattle, WA
Friday 2 June The Commodore | Vancouver, Canada

EUROPE + UK
Wednesday 21 June E-Werk | Cologne, Germany
Friday 23 June Paradiso | Amsterdam, Holland
Sunday 25 June Huxleys Neue Welt | Berlin, Germany
Tuesday 27 June Amager Bio | Copenhagen, Denmark
Thursday 29 June Rockafeller Music Hall | Oslo, Norway
Saturday 1 July Furuviksparken | Gävle, Sweden
Tuesday 4 July Hammersmith Apollo | London, UK
Thursday 6 July Olympia | Paris, France
Friday 7 July Festival de Beauregard | Hérouville-Saint-Claire, France
Sunday 9 July Les Deferlantes Festival | Argeles-sur-Mer, France
Wednesday 12 July Volkshaus | Zurich, Switzerland
Friday 14 July Musilac | Aix Les Bains, France
Sunday 16 July Les Vieilles Charrues | Carhaix, France
Tuesday 18 July Batschkapp | Frankfurt, Germany
Friday 21 July Colours of Ostrava | Ostrava, Czech Republic

NEW ZEALAND
Saturday 9 Sep Vector Arena | Auckland, NZ
Monday 11 Sep Horncastle Arena | Christchurch, NZ

THE BOX SET COLLECTIONS released 5 May through Sony Music
Available for pre-order now from www.midnightoil.com

Brian Wise

Brian Wise was the Editor of Addicted To Noise‘s Australian site from 1997 – 2002. The site won two ONYA Awards as Best Online Music Magazine in 1999 & 2000. He has also been Editor since its reincarnation in 2013. He also presents the weekly music interview program Off The Record on 102.7 Triple R-FM (rrr.org.au) in Melbourne. It is networked to 45+ stations across Australia on the Community Radio Network and is a four-time winner of the Best Music Program Award from the Community Broadcasting Association of Australia. In 2012, it was nominated as a finalist in the Excellence in Music Programming category. Brian was also the Founding Editor & Publisher of Rhythms Magazine and is now its Senior Contributing Editor.

Subscribe to our mailing list!