Jan 31

MIDNIGHT OIL

Monday 31 January 2022 9:26am

In the wake of last week’s acclaimed Tasmanian gigs, Midnight Oil today unveiled the full line up for each show of their imminent mainland tour. The dates will feature a broad palate of Australian sounds, from buzzing pub punks, Amyl & The Sniffers through the young surf rock of Darwin’s King Stingray to the mighty Hoodoo Gurus just as they launch their new album. Acclaimed singer/songwriters Jack River, William Crighton, Emily Wurramara, Stephen Pigram and Busby Marou will also appear, as will “Best Blues & Roots” ARIA winners, All Our Exes Live In Texas. Plus, the tour will feature a handful of rare reunion appearances by fellow 1980’s trailblazers, Goanna.

These shows kick off with sold out gigs in Newcastle and Wollongong, shortly after the band’s new album Resist is released on 18 February. When announcing the dates last November the Oils revealed this would be their last concert tour and that it would hopefully be followed by some other shows overseas - this remains their intention providing international travel is possible. Full information for the Australian leg is detailed below.

Meanwhile critical reaction to the band’s appearances last week at the Mona Foma Festival in Launceston and Hobart has been extraordinary:

If the first concert of Midnight Oil’s last tour was indicative of the 18 dates to follow, the Sydney-born band is fighting against the laws of rock ’n’ roll nature by going out on top… If you can, go.”   The Australian
 
 “Farewell tours often have one eye on the past and the other on the cash register – but if Midnight Oil’s show in Launceston on Sunday was any indication, they’re not coasting to the finish line.”   The Guardian

  “Midnight Oil’s farewell lap, to mark a new album, and preserve the legacy of their blistering live shows, was never going to be reflective and dewy-eyed.”  Herald Sun

Appearing at: Entertainment Centre, Newcastle (Wednesday 23 February) and WIN Entertainment Centre (Wednesday 2 March)

Born in the Wiradjuri Nation (Dubbo, NSW), WILLIAM CRIGHTON grew up in the Riverina area of rural NSW where he developed his deep connection to country. Crighton is a passionate environmentalist both in action and his music, as demonstrated through his debut self-titled album William Crighton (2016), which attracted critical acclaim with a nomination at the 2017 AIR Awards and was praised by Rolling Stone calling it ‘uniquely penetrating storytelling.’ His follow up album Empire (2018) takes the same tune as a traditional Australian bush ballad that entwines tales of love for the land and people. His highly anticipated third album Water and Dust (2022) was written in collaboration with his wife Julieanne and features some incredible musicians including long-time friends and collaborators Matt Sherrod & William Barton, Midnight Oil’s Rob Hirst & Jim Mogine, Jeff Lang, James Haselwood & Luke Davison. Water and Dust is scheduled for release on 11 February 2022 on vinyl, CD and streaming platforms.

Don’t miss Midnight Oil “Resist: The Final Tour”. Tickets from frontiertouring.com/midnightoil

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  • Treasury Wine Estates
  • Lion Nathan
  • Red Bull
  • Streets
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  • CommBank Stadium
  • McDonald Jones Homes Stadium
  • Newcastle Entertainment Centre
  • Accor Stadium
  • Sydney Cricket Ground
  • Allianz Stadium
  • WIN Sports & Entertainment Centre