CALL YOUR DAD IMMEDIATELY. Australia’s fiercest, most vital, most uncompromising rock band is hitting the road in 2017 for the first time in over 15 years.
The legendary Midnight Oil today lifted the lid on the Great Circle World Tour, which fittingly is set to begin in the humble confines of a Sydney pub, before circling the globe where it will culminate where it began: with an extensive Australian tour.
The group, consisting of Peter Garrett, Rob Hirst, Jim Moginie, Martin Rotsey, and Bones Hillman, announced the tour while on-board a boat floating in Sydney harbour and, fittingly, after an extensive Welcome to Country and acknowledgement of the significance the site of the announcement carries for the traditional Indigenous owners of the area.
The Great Circle tour – their first since the Capricornia tour in 2002 – will begin in April in what’s likely to be a secret gig at an unnamed Sydney pub, before it takes in South America, the US and Canada, Europe and the UK, New Zealand, before finally winding up with a full lap of Australia in October and November.
The final show of the tour sees the Oils heading back to Sydney and the famous Domain on November 11th, where support acts John Butler Trio and A.B. Original will open proceedings.
Tickets for the Australian leg go on-sale to the general public on February 27th, with pre-sales for those on the Midnight Oil mailing list (which you can sign up for right sodding now) hitting the web a few days earlier on the 23rd.
As for how the band is feeling, Garrett gave a confident smirk and remarked, “Never felt better. Fresher. Nastier. Sweeter. More energetic.”
If that don’t put a fire under your arse to get to the shows, nothing will.
Australian & NZ dates comin’ at ya.
Saturday September 9th – Vector Arena, Auckland NZ
Monday September 11th – Horncastle Arena, Christchurch NZ
Monday October 2nd – ANZAC Oval, Alice Springs NT (w/ Dan Sultan & Apakatjah)
Wednesday October 4th – Darwin Amphitheatre, Darwin NT (w/ Dan Sultan & Irrunytju Band)
Saturday October 7th – Kuranda Amphitheatre, Cairns QLD (w/ Urthboy)
Tuesday October 10th – Townsville Entertainment Centre, Townsville QLD (w/ Urthboy)
Thursday October 12th – Great Western Hotel, Rockhampton QLD (w/ Urthboy)
Saturday October 14th – Big Pineapple Fields, Sunshine Coast QLD (w/ The Living End & Jebediah)
Sunday October 15th – Riverstage, Brisbane QLD (w/ The Jezabels)
Thursday October 19th – Hockey Fields, Coffs Harbour NSW (w/ Jebediah & Jack River)
Saturday October 21st – Hope Estate, Hunter Valley NSW (w/ Birds of Tokyo & Ash Grunwald)
Tuesday October 24th – AIS Arena, Canberra ACT (w/ Something For Kate)
Thursday October 26th – The Village Green Adelaide Oval, Adelaide SA (w/ Spiderbait & BAD//DREEMS)
Saturday October 28th – Perth Arena, Perth WA (w/ Spiderbait)
Wednesday November 1st – Derwent Entertainment Centre, Hobart TAS (w/ The Jezabels)
Friday November 3rd – Gateway Lakes, Wodonga VIC (w/ The Living End)
Saturday November 4th – Hanging Rock, Mt Macedon VIC (w/ John Butler Trio, Something For Kate, Frank Yamma & David Bridie)
Monday November 6th – Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne VIC (w/ The Jezabels & Adalita)
Wednesday November 8th – WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong NSW (w/ Abbe May)
Saturday November 11th – The Domain, Sydney NSW (w/ John Butler Trio & A.B. Original)

All information for the other global dates, as well as ticketing info for all shows on the tour, can be found at Midnight Oil‘s official website.
This is gonna be HUGE.

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