Midnight Oil Announce Intimate Great Barrier Reef Benefit Gig

Just a week out from launching their homecoming leg of their Great Circle 2017 World Tour in Alice Springs – Midnight Oil have announced they will play an intimate benefit gig in Cairns at the Tanks Arts Centre on Friday, 6 October.

‘Oils At The Reef’ will help promote awareness to protect The Great Barrier Reef and to support reef activism and research.

“The Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s most beautiful and intricate ecosystems”, said Oils drummer Rob Hirst. “It’s also a magnet for tourists, and a major contributor to the local economy so the fact that it’s under threat from climate change and unsustainable development should concern all Australians. We believe we should support the work of scientists and listen to them when it comes to what we should do to protect this precious environment.”

“Midnight Oil have always used our music to talk about things we believe are important”, says band frontman Peter Garrett. “We believe the future of the Great Barrier Reef is clearly on the line. We’re at the eleventh hour for our most important natural asset. As the largest living organism in our world the reef is a treasure of extraordinary beauty itself but it’s also a symbol of greater questions we all have to answer. Some parts of the Reef are already being killed off by catastrophic climate change and other parts would be damaged by bad federal government policy that prioritises short term corporate profit above all else. So we’re looking forward to getting together with our friends in Cairns and all doing our bit to share some information, provoke more conversation and make change while there’s still time.”

The iconic rock group has spent the last six months playing more than 50 gigs in 16 countries across six continents. They have played nearly 100 different songs including at least half a dozen that they have never performed onstage before.


A very limited number of tickets will go on sale Wednesday, September 27 at 10am via http://frntr.co/MidnightOilREEF. In the meantime, we’re also running an exclusive giveaway for your chance to catch The Oils in a city near you! Suss the details here.

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