In one week, Midnight Oil will launch the homecoming leg of their “Great Circle 2017” World Tour in Alice Springs. For the last six months the band has played more than 50 gigs and 100 different songs across 16 countries; however the band has a special performance planned for a very special reason.
An intimate gig will be performed in Cairns to help 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.”
The Oils will take to the stage and perform “Oils At The Reef” on Friday October 6 at the Tanks Arts Centre. A very limited number of tickets will go on sale via http://frntr.co/MidnightOilREEF at 10:00am this Wednesday September 27 and are limited to strictly two per buyer.
The show will be recorded and filmed for later broadcast by tour partners Triple M and Foxtel’s MAX as part of radio and TV specials that will draw focus to the plight of the greatest natural wonder on this planet - Australia’s Great Barrier Reef. All proceeds from the show will go to a non-partisan scientific research organisation called Great Barrier Reef Legacy. People can find out more about their work at https://www.greatbarrierreeflegacy.org/
This will not be the first occasion in 2017, where Midnight Oil has fused live music with causes that matter to them. During the Brazilian leg of their tour they performed a guerrilla set aboard the famous Rainbow Warrior to draw focus to the issue of mining on reefs at the mouth of the Amazon River. They also played environmentally oriented events like Switzerland’s Paleo Festival and the Ostrava Festival in the Czech Republic. While in Canada they agitated for Greenpeace who are currently fighting a huge legal battle that threatens their very survival in that country.
“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.”