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Review: Midnight Oil reunion show is one epic night of music

David Featherston



Our Australian '80s friends and listeners are among our most passionate. So it came as no surprise that our Sydney correspondent David Featherston was on hand to see the recent reunion of Midnight Oil. Here's his review.

Midnight Oil is back and how! After officially breaking up in 2002 to allow singer Peter Garrett to pursue a political career, and a couple of one off reunions for benefit concerts, the Australian band (once described by Steve Spears and Sean Daly as a one hit wonder!) announced last year it was reforming for a world tour in 2017.

After teasing fans with a couple of small secret shows in March, the Oils played their first proper gig in a Sydney pub in the beachside suburb of Coogee. Tickets were allocated by way of a ballot, part of a plan to head off re-sellers that have been selling tickets at highly inflated prices.

Some 1,500 lucky fans (out of 24,000 that applied) were privileged to witness a powerful two and a half hour set covering 29 songs, including almost all of the entire 1979 Head Injuries album. The band also played their biggest hits including Beds are Burning, Blue Sky Mine and Forgotten Years. A highlight of the night was one lucky fan, a member of the Powderworkers (a self described world wide group of Midnight Oil tragics) dancing with Garrett on an esky (google it, non-Australians!) during the instrumental Wedding Cake Island.

The band has been rehearsing for some months and has some 180 songs ready to go, so prepare for some deep cuts. Judging by the energy and passion the band brought to this show, fans across the world in for an amazing experience! The world tour starts in Brazil on 25 April, and then heads to the USA, Canada and Europe before wrapping up with shows across Australia. Check out for further details. If you're lucky enough to have a ticket, you're in for one awesome experience.



  • Outside World
  • Only the Strong
  • Redneck Wonderland
  • Put Down That Weapon
  • Maralinga
  • Cold Cold Change
  • Section 5 (Bus to Bondi)
  • Back on the Borderline
  • Koala Sprint
  • No Reaction
  • Stand in Line
  • Profiteers
  • Is It Now?
  • Tin Legs and Tin Mines
  • When the Generals Talk
  • Ships of Freedom
  • Luritja Way
  • The Dead Heart
  • Power and the Passion
  • Best of Both Worlds
  • Shakers and Movers
  • Lucky Country
  • Beds Are Burning
  • Blue Sky Mine
  • Read About It
  • Wedding Cake Island
  • Forgotten Years
  • Dreamworld
  • US Forces


[Last modified: Thursday, April 20, 2017 1:58pm]


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