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OILS ANNOUNCE REEF BENEFIT SHOW

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OILS ANNOUNCE REEF BENEFIT SHOW AS GREAT CIRCLE TOUR KICKS OFF
It’s exactly one week until Midnight Oil finally launch the homecoming leg of their “Great Circle 2017” World Tour in Alice Springs. 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. However the band has clearly still got more surprises up their sleeves.

Today Midnight Oil announced an intimate benefit gig to help protect The Great Barrier Reef and to support reef activism and research. It will happen in Cairns on Friday October 6. Appropriately enough for a group who recently released two collectors box sets housed in recycled steel tanks, this benefit show – dubbed “Oils At The Reef” – will be staged at The Tanks Art 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/

“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 nearly 3000 reefs which make up this amazing organism were declared a Marine Park in 1975 and listed as a World Heritage Site in 1981. Since then State and Federal Governments of all political persuasions have gradually expanded protection culminating in 2012 federal legislation which received bipartisan support to expand the Marine Park system and increase environmental safeguards within it. However those gains have recently been under threat from federal government moves to allow trawling, mining and pipelines in some previously protected areas. Adani’s massive proposed Carmichael coal mine would also place the reef under threat if it was allowed to go ahead both in terms of its huge carbon impact and potential damage from increased shipping traffic. Current land use practices and expansion of industry around the reef also pose unacceptable threats to its health at a time when parts of it are already struggling.

“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.”

Australian fans will get 22 other chances to see the Oils live at last as The Great Circle 2017 Tour winds its way around the country from next Monday through until November 17 when the circle comes to a close back at the Domain in Sydney. While most dates have sold out limited tickets remain for some shows. See http://www.midnightoil.com/tour-dates/#australia for up to the minute info.

To avoid being ripped off by online scalpers, PLEASE only buy tickets from the authorised sellers listed on the band’s website. The only authorised re-sale platform for this tour is TWICKETS where fans can buy and sell ‘extra’ tickets at face value. Please click here to access the Twickets Midnight Oil page.

“Oils At The Reef” will not be the first time this year that Midnight Oil has fused live music with causes that matter to them. During the Brazilian leg of their tour they did 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 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Xs9zNP8iTRo , while in Canada they agitated for Greenpeace who are currently fighting a huge legal battle that threatens their very survival in that country.

AUSTRALIAN TOUR DATES – OCTOBER & NOVEMBER 2017

Mon 2 Oct | ANZAC Oval, Alice Springs, NT (18+*)
Limited tickets available
With Dan Sultan & Apakatjah

http://frntr.co/MidnightOilAS | Ph: 132 849 or (08) 8980 3333

Wed 4 Oct | Darwin Amphitheatre, Darwin, NT (18+*)
Limited tickets available
With Dan Sultan & Irrunytju
Band
http://frntr.co/MidnightOilDar | Ph: 132 849 or (08) 8980 3333
Presented locally by Mix 104.9

Fri 6 Oct | Tank Arts Centre, Cairns, QLD (over 18’s only) – OILS AT THE REEF
JUST ANNOUNCED – On sale Wednesday September 27 – 10:00am AEST
LIMITED TICKETS FOR SALE
 http://frntr.co/MidnightOilREEF – Ph 1300 855 835 or www.ticketlink.com.au

Sat 7 Oct | Kuranda Amphitheatre, Cairns, QLD (18+*) – SOLD OUT
With Urthboy

Tue 10 Oct | Townsville Entertainment Centre, Townsville, QLD (All Ages)
Limited tickets available
With Urthboy
http://frntr.co/MidnightOilTville | Ph: (07) 4771 400
Presented locally by 4TO

Thu 12 Oct | Great Western Hotel, Rockhampton, QLD (18+*) – SOLD OUT
With Urthboy
Presented locally by Triple M

Sat 14 Oct | Big Pineapple Fields, Sunshine Coast, QLD (18+*) –
SOLD OUT 
With The Living End & Jebediah
Presented locally by 92.7 Mix FM

Sun 15 Oct | Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD (All Ages) –
SOLD OUT
 With The Jezabels
Presented locally by Triple M

Tue 17 Oct | Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD (All Ages) –
SOLD OUT
 With George Telek & David Bridie
Presented locally by Triple M

Thu 19 Oct | Hockey Fields, Coffs Harbour (18+*)
Limited tickets available
With Jebediah & Jack River
http://frntr.co/MidnightOilCoffs | Ph: 132 849
Presented locally by Triple M

Sat 21 Oct | Hope Estate, Hunter Valley, NSW (18+*) –
SOLD OUT
With Birds of Tokyo & Ash Grunwald
Presented locally by KOFM

Tue 24 Oct | AIS Arena, Canberra, ACT (All Ages)
Limited tickets available
With Something For Kate
http://frntr.co/MidnightOilCanb | Ph: 132 849
Presented locally by MIX 106.3

Thu 26 Oct | The Village Green Adelaide Oval, Adelaide, SA (All Ages) –
SOLD OUT
With Spiderbait & Bad//Dreems
Presented locally by Triple M

Sat 28 Oct | Perth Arena, Perth, WA (All Ages)
Limited tickets available
With Spiderbait
http://frntr.co/MidnightOilPerth

Presented locally by Mix 94.5
Wed 1 Nov | Derwent Entertainment Centre, Hobart, TAS (All Ages)
Limited tickets available
With The Jezabels
http://frntr.co/MidnightOilHob

Presented locally by Triple M

Fri 3 Nov | Gateway Lakes, Wodonga, VIC (18+*)
Limited tickets available
With The Living End & Even

http://frntr.co/MidnightOilWod | Ph: 136 100
Presented locally by Triple M

Sat 4 Nov | Hanging Rock, Macedon Ranges, VIC (18+*) –
SOLD OUT
With John Butler Trio, Something for Kate, Frank Yamma & David Bridie
Presented locally by Triple M

Mon 6 Nov | Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, VIC (All Ages) –
SOLD OUT
With The Jezabels & Adalita
Presented locally by Triple M

Wed 8 Nov | Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, VIC (All Ages) –
SOLD OUT
With The Jezabels & Adalita
Presented locally by Triple M

Sat 11 Nov | The Domain, Sydney, NSW (18+*) –
SOLD OUT
With John Butler Trio & A.B.Original
Presented locally by Triple M

Mon 13 Nov | Win Entertainment Centre, Wollongong, NSW (All Ages)
Limited tickets available
Previously Wed 8 Nov – CHANGE OF DATE – Tickets for original date valid for new date
With Abbe May
http://frntr.co/MidnightOilWoll | Ph: 136 100
Presented locally by WAVE FM

Wed 15 Nov | Sidney Myer Music Bowl, Melbourne, VIC (All Ages) +*)
Limited tickets available
With The Smith Street Band & The Teskey Brothers
http://frntr.co/MidnightOilMelb | Ph: 136 100
Presented locally by Triple M

Fri 17 Nov | The Domain, Sydney, NSW (18+*)
Limited tickets available
With John Butler Trio & A.B.Original
http://frntr.co/MidnightOilSyd | Ph: 132 849
Presented locally by Triple M
* U18s must be accompanied by parent/legal guardian

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