Legendary Australian rock band Midnight Oil this morning announced their first world tour since the Capricornia Tour of 2002.
The Great Circle 2017 tour will begin with a pub gig in Sydney, before travelling the world, with dates set for the US, South America, the UK, Europe, Canada and New Zealand.
The tour will then move to Australia for an extensive tour of both outdoor and indoor venues in October and November, which will wrap up on November 11 with a concert in Sydney’s Domain. The tour is made up of more than 50 dates.
The Australian leg of the tour will also feature supporting sets from a huge range of local artists on various nights, including Something for Kate, Urthboy, A.B. Original, Dan Sultan, The Living End, Jedediah, Birds of Tokyo, John Butler Trio, Spiderbait and Adalita.
The band has been playing around with new material, but says the gigs will be made up of material from their back catalogue.
Lead singer Peter Garrett’s political career ended almost four years ago, but he assured a media conference that the band will be as political as ever. Unfortunately, he says, much of what they wrote throughout the 1980s and ’90s feels more relevant than ever.
The tickets are priced generally between $80 and $150 for the dates across Australia. Garrett says the band is hoping to stop ticket scalpers, and will be announcing a range of measures to help, one of which is the use of only physical tickets, rather than any digital tickets.
The band also announced the release of three huge collectors box sets, featuring more than 14 hours of unreleased recordings, to coincide with their reunion.
See full dates and ticketing details here.