Midnight Oil announces its only and final UK gig E! News UK
Tickets are available from 10am on Friday March 4 below and this show is part of their world tour.
The tour comes in support of the release of ‘RESIST’, their first full-length studio album in 20 years. In signature style, the album’s twelve tracks address a host of pressing issues. From the opener, “Rising Seas” to “Last Frontier” which closes the set, recurring themes include the climate crisis, environmental degradation and the role of citizens aware of the immense challenges of our time. The moods range from the wild reverie of ‘Tarkine’ and the moving ‘Lost At Sea’ to the anthemic celebration of protest ‘We Resist’ while the album’s musical scope is equally wide, encompassing guitars sharp in new single ‘At The Time Of Writing’ and moody synthetic textures in ‘We Are Not Afraid’. There’s even a three-part epic titled “The Barka-Darling River” that continues to deliver surprising twists as it meanders.
In line with the album, the group also shared the video for “We Resist”. This short film combines submissions of protest actions by Midnight Oil fans around the world along with archival footage from a handful of the band’s many such events over the years.
Although the band announced that this would be their last concert tour, they made it clear that this did not mean the end of Midnight Oil. Each of the members will pursue their own projects in the years to come. They remain very open to recording new music together in the future and supporting causes they believe in, but this will be their last tour. It will see them perform classic Midnight Oil songs from across their repertoire while presenting some urgently needed new work.
‘RESIST’ is Midnight Oil’s 15th studio release since they first exploded out of the post-punk scene in 1978, blazing a singular trail of jaw-dropping gigs from Australian pubs and clubs to arenas and festivals around the world. . It’s an appropriate and forward-looking statement for a band whose clarion call has always been “better to die on your feet than live on your knees.” With stellar production from Warne Livesey (DIESEL & DUST, BLUE SKY MINING, CAPRICORNIA), RESIST will be accompanied by special live performances that will include the band’s latest concert tour.
This new album was actually recorded at the end of 2019 and therefore features longtime bassist, Bones Hillman, who sadly passed away 12 months later. These sessions yielded 20 songs, but their release was delayed by the Covid pandemic. The first taste of this new work landed in late 2020 as THE MAKARRATA PROJECT – an EP featuring some of Australia’s finest First Nations musicians, and based on the themes of reconciliation, justice and truth written in the declaration of Uluru from the heart. It debuted at No. 1 in the band’s homeland the same weekend Bones died and was subsequently nominated for five ARIA awards. Lead single “Gadigal Land” (featuring Dan Sultan, Joel Davison, Kaleena Briggs and Bunna Lawrie) was awarded the prestigious APRA Song Of The Year.
From the northern beaches of Sydney to the streets of Manhattan, Midnight Oil has stopped traffic, ignited passions, inspired fans, challenged the concepts of ‘business as usual’ and innovated. In 2017, the band returned from a 15-year hiatus for their Great Circle World Tour which included 77 shows in 16 countries. The extraordinary audience and critical response to these shows led to more European dates and a gig in outback Australia in 2019 which later took place in the recording sessions where RESIST was created. The long-awaited release of the album will therefore literally complete the loop of this chapter of a truly extraordinary career.
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