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Midnight Oil, one of Australia’s greatest ever rock bands, has announced they are getting back on the road together for a new tour of Australia in 2017! 

The legendary Australian rock band and agitators today announced their first World Tour in two decades at a unique announcement on Sydney Harbour in front of the iconic Sydney Opera House.

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The Oils 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 The Arcade Fire, Sting and The Pixies and finally return to New Zealand after 20 years.

The 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 Riverstage 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 warm up 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 presale on Thursday February 23rd alongside Frontier Touring Members. Remaining tickets will go on sale to the general public on Monday February 27th.


Mon 2 Oct – Anzac Oval, Alice Springs

Wed 4 Oct – Darwin Amphitheatre, Darwin

Tue 10 Oct – Townsville Entertainment Centre, Townsville (tickets from tecc.net.au)

Thu 12 Oct – Great Western Hotel, Rockhampton (tickets from ticketek)

Sat 14 Oct – Big Pineapple, Sunshine Coast

Sun 15 Oct – Riverstage, Brisbane (tickets from ticketmaster)

Thu 19 Oct – Hockey Fields, Coffs Harbour (tickets from ticketek)

Sat 21 Oct – Hope Estate, Hunter Valley (tickets from ticketek)

Tue 24 Oct – AIS Arena, Canberra (tickets from ticketek)

Thu 26 Oct – The Village Green, Adelaide (tickets from ticketek)

Sat 28 Oct – Perth Arena, Perth (tickets from ticketek)

Wed 1 Nov – Derwent Entertainment Centre, Hobart (tickets from ticketmaster)

Fri 3 Nov – Gateway Lakes, Wodonga (tickets from ticketmaster)

Sat 4 Nov – Hanging Rock, Mt Macedon (tickets from ticketmaster)

Mon 6 Nov – Sidney Myer Music Bowl (tickets from ticketmaster)

Wed 8 Nov – Wollongong Entertainment Centre

Sat 11 Nov – The Domain, Sydney (tickets from ticketek)