Midnight Oil announce run of 2019 shows, tease new music

Midnight Oil have announced two intimate gigs for late May. These will be the Oil’s final shows of 2019 but fear not, they have also announced the possibility of recording another album.

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Midnight Oil will make an appearance at Australia’s most remote festival, The Big Red Bash, in Birdsville on July 18 before heading to Europe and wrapping up 2019 in the studio.

Two warm up shows are also confirmed to be at Anita’s in Wollongong on Thursday 23 May and Canberra’s Royal Theatre on Monday 27 May. These are extremely intimate venues so we suggest you hurry in quick to snatch up a ticket.

Appropriately for a band who are longtime advocates for First Nations peoples, the Canberra show will take place on Reconciliation Day, which is a public holiday in the A.C.T.

Peter Garret comments: ‘Meaningful steps towards reconciliation are long overdue, including a whole of government response to the Uluru Declaration, so it will be good to be in Canberra on this important date to kick up a fuss and help get the issue back on track’.

Tickets will go on sale to members of Midnight Oil’s mailing list from 2pm AEST on Tuesday 9 April.

In other big news, the Oils have announced plans to track new music for a possible 2020 release. If all goes to plan these would be their first recordings since 2001. With plenty of new political issues, and a lot of prevailing atrocities still unchecked, we are sure they will have no shortage of material to draw on. As it stands the band plan to jump back into the studio as soon as they get off the road.

Rob Hirst had this to say: ‘We’ve been talking about recording again for years but The Great Circle Tour in 2017 was such a positive experience that it made us even hungrier to get back to making new music together. It’s a bit early to know what might come out of it yet – we’re just looking forward to getting back into that creative mode.’

It’s all very exciting stuff! To conclude, in the wake of the absolutely huge Splendour line up just announced this morning we couldn’t help but notice there was a Mystery Aus Band to be announced. Thus we sincerely hope that Midnight Oil add one last gig to their 2019 schedule.