Oils Reef Benefit!


Midnight Oil finally launch the homecoming leg of their Great Circle 2017 World Tour in Alice Springs next Monday, October 2 and has announced an intimate benefit gig to help protect The Great Barrier Reef and to support reef activism and research. It will happen in Cairns on Friday October 6.

The benefit show – dubbed “Oils At The Reef” – will be staged at The Tanks Art Centre. A very limited number of tickets will go on sale via frntr.co/MidnightOilREEF at 10:00am this Wednesday September 27 and are limited to strictly two per buyer.

The show will be recorded and filmed for later broadcast by tour partners Triple M and Foxtel’s MAX as part of radio and TV specials that will draw focus to the plight of the greatest natural wonder on this planet – Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. All proceeds from the show will go to a non-partisan scientific research organisation called Great Barrier Reef Legacy. People can find out more about their work at greatbarrierreeflegacy.org.

“The Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s most beautiful and intricate ecosystems”, said Oils drummer Rob Hirst. “It’s also a magnet for tourists, and a major contributor to the local economy so the fact that it’s under threat from climate change and unsustainable development should concern all Australians. We believe we should support the work of scientists and listen to them when it comes to what we should do to protect this precious environment.”

“Midnight Oil have always used our music to talk about things we believe are important”, says band frontman Peter Garrett. “We believe the future of the Great Barrier Reef is clearly on the line. We’re at the eleventh hour for our most important natural asset. As the largest living organism in our world the reef is a treasure of extraordinary beauty itself but it’s also a symbol of greater questions we all have to answer. Some parts of the Reef are already being killed off by catastrophic climate change and other parts would be damaged by bad federal government policy that prioritises short term corporate profit above all else. So we’re looking forward to getting together with our friends in Cairns and all doing our bit to share some information, provoke more conversation and make change while there’s still time.”

Australian fans will get 22 other chances to see the Oils live at last as The Great Circle 2017 Tour winds its way around the country from next Monday through until November 17 when the circle comes to a close back at the Domain in Sydney. While most dates have sold out limited tickets remain for some shows. See www.midnightoil.com/tour-dates for up to the minute info.  The band warns that fans should avoid being ripped off by online scalpers and have urged fans to only buy tickets from the authorised sellers listed on the band’s website. The only authorised re-sale platform for this tour is TWICKETS where fans can buy and sell ‘extra’ tickets at face value. Please click here to access the Twickets Midnight Oil page.


Monday October 2 – ANZAC Oval | Alice Springs, NT
w/ Dan Sultan & Apakatjah
Wednesday October 4 – Darwin Amphitheatre | Darwin, NT
w/ Dan Sultan & Irrunytju Band
Friday October 6 – Tank Arts Centre | Cairns, QLD NEW SHOW
Saturday October 7 – Kuranda Amphitheatre | Cairns, QLD SOLD OUT
w/ Urthboy
Tuesday October 10 – Townsville Ent. Centre | Townsville, QLD
w/ Urthboy
Thursday October 12 – Great Western Hotel | Rockhampton, QLD SOLD OUT
w/ Urthboy
Saturday October 14  – Big Pineapple Fields | Sunshine Coast, QLD SOLD OUT
w/ The Living End & Jebediah
Sunday October 15 – Riverstage | Brisbane, QLD SOLD OUT
w/ The Jezabels
Tuesday October 17 Riverstage | Brisbane, QLD SOLD OUT
w/ George Telek and David Bridie
Thursday October 19 Hockey Fields | Coffs Harbour, NSW
w/ Jebediah & Jack River
Saturday October 21 Hope Estate | Hunter Valley, NSW SOLD OUT
w/ Birds of Tokyo & Ash Grunwald
Tuesday October 24 – AIS Arena | Canberra, ACT
w/ Something For Kate
Thursday October – The Village Green Adelaide Oval | Adelaide, SA SOLD OUT
w/ Spiderbait & Bad//Dreems
Saturday October 28 – Perth Arena | Perth, WA
w/ Spiderbait
Wednesday November 1 – Derwent Entertainment Centre | Hobart, TAS
w/ The Jezabels
Friday November 3 – Gateway Lakes | Wodonga, VIC
w/ The Living End and Even
Saturday November 4 – Hanging Rock | Mt Macedon, VIC SOLD OUT
w/ John Butler Trio, Something for Kate, Frank Yamma & David Bridie
Monday November 6 – Sidney Myer Music Bowl | Melbourne, VIC SOLD OUT
w/ The Jezabels & Adalita
Wednesday November 8 – Sidney Myer Music Bowl | Melbourne, VIC SOLD OUT
w/ The Jezabels & Adalita
Saturday November 11 – The Domain | Sydney, NSW SOLD OUT
w/ John Butler Trio & A.B.Original
Monday November 13 – WIN Entertainment Centre | Wollongong, NSW
w/ Abbe May
Wednesday November 15 – Sidney Myer Music Bowl | Melbourne, VIC
w/ The Smith Street Band and The Teskey Brothers
Friday November 17 -The Domain | Sydney, NSW  
w/ John Butler Trio & A.B.Original

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.

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