Midnight Oil to say ‘final goodbye’ in Canberra on ANU

Midnight Oil will be bringing their mix of pulsating rock and politics to the Australian National University (ANU) in October as part of their very last tour.

The performance will take place at Fellows Oval on the ANU campus on Saturday, October 1, making up for previously canceled shows due to COVID and raging storms.

“We were very frustrated that COVID took us two gigs up north and Canberra’s security officials then pulled the plug on that show because of lightning,” said Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett.

“We said at the time that we would do everything we could to make it up to everyone in those places who missed it, so now we’re delivering on that promise.”

The show supports Midnight Oil’s latest ARIA number one album, Resist, and is presented by Frontier Touring. Presale tickets will be available to Frontier members from Thursday, July 14, 12:00 PM Canberra time, and general public tickets will be available from Monday, July 18, 12:00 PM.

Professor Brian Schmidt, vice-chancellor of the ANU and occasional horn player, said the entire campus was excited about the upcoming performance.

“Midnight Oil has a special place in Australian music and popular culture,” he said.

“For decades, their catchy tunes and socially conscious lyrics have captured the imagination of generations of listeners on vital issues such as the environment and reconciliation with Indigenous Australians.

“The band also has a long history with ANU, with frontman Peter Garrett graduating from university in 1976 with a degree in arts and politics and receiving an honorary doctorate in law in 2019.

“In fact, Peter joined the band when they were known as The Farm and while he was studying at ANU. They also played an unforgettable performance here in 1979.

“It’s great to see the band’s journey come to an end with a final goodbye at Fellows Oval.

“This should be one of the best performances ANU and Canberra will have in years. We are honored to host it and can’t wait!” Midnight Oil is supported by special guests Emily Wurrara, King Stingray and Moaning Lisa during their Fellows Oval concert.

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