Midnight Oil aren’t doing much in the way of live stuff this year, at least not locally, but they have announced two special warm-up shows.

If you’re anywhere in the vicinity of Wollongong or Canberra – or are prepared to travel – then read on!

The Oils will be warming up for The Big Red Bash on July 18. Billed as “the world’s most remote music festival”, it’ll take place near Birdsville.

– Anita’s, Wollongong on Thursday, May 23 – special guests Shining Bird
– Royal Theatre, Canberra on Monday, May 27 (Reconciliation Day) – special guest Leah Flanagan

Tix will go on sale to members of Midnight Oil’s mailing list from 2pm AEST on Tuesday, April 9.

A second batch will then be available to the general public from 10am on Friday, April 12.

Grab more official ticket info here.

Not a fully-blown gig, but still a bit of the Oils live, the band will perform a couple of songs acoustically at the 1 Million Women LoveEarth Festival. It’s celebrating 10 years of climate action by the movement, and is happening on May 25 at Carriageworks, Sydney. Get more info here.

In other news, the band have confirmed rumours that they’re hoping to record some new music, for possible release in 2020. This is big, as if it happens it will be the first new recorded output from the Oils in 18 years.

“We’ve been talking about recording again for years, but The Great Circle Tour in 2017 was such a positive experience that it made us even hungrier to get back to making new music together,” says drummer Rob Hirst. “It’s a bit early to know what might come out of it yet – we’re just looking forward to getting back into that creative mode.”

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