Midnight Oil is more than just a rock & roll band. From the northern beaches of Sydney to the streets of Manhattan, they have stopped traffic, inflamed passions, inspired fans, and broken new ground.
The band have announced that after a 20 year hiatus they are returning to the UK for a special one off date at London’s Hammersmith Eventim Apollo on 4 July 2017, with tickets going on sale on Wednesday 22 February at 10am via myticket.co.uk. Seeing Midnight Oil in full flight is to experience the transcendent, kinetic power of live rock & roll. They leave you inspired to live life more passionately and to Get Involved.
The UK dates will be part of a huge world tour from April through November of this year and will be accompanied by the release of three new box sets; one will contain all their existing LP’s and EP’s, another will contain all their existing CD’s and videos plus there will be a new 4 CD/8DVD treasure trove of previously unreleased or rare material called “The Overflow Tank”.
As the tour name implies, “The Great Circle” will begin with an April pub gig in Sydney and then loop around Brazil, North America, Europe and New Zealand before climaxing with a lap of Australia. These circles of both the globe and their homeland will close with one more Sydney show on Remembrance Day.
This will be the band’s biggest tour since the late 80’s and early 90’s classic albums like “Diesel & Dust”, “Blue Sky Mining” and “Earth and Sun and Moon” sold over 10 million copies around the globe.
Of course “The Great Circle” will see the band drawing attention to issues affecting the planet, including collaborating with Greenpeace on crucial issues like dangerous climate change.
The tour name also has a further meaning. Sailors and airmen use “the great circle” to navigate across oceans because the planet’s curvature means the shortest distance between two points is not usually a straight line. It’s appropriate for this band who have always been deeply engaged with the world around them but whose career path has never been obvious or linear.
Midnight Oil is still more than just a rock’n’roll band and in 2017 they will bring things back to where they all began. The circle remains unbroken. Commenting on the tour and their return to the UK, the band said: "It’s been too long but over the next few months we want to make up for some lost time. Hopefully we can share some of it with you."
Tickets go on sale on Wednesday 22 February via myticket.co.uk