Midnight Oil to team up with First Nations artists for ‘Makarrata’ tour

Taking place in February and March next year

Midnight Oil have announced plans to tour in support of their album, ‘The Makarrata Project’, during 2021.

The legendary Aussie outfit will be joined by a host of First Nations artists for the shows, which are set to take place in February and March.

Pre-sale for Midnight Oil’s ‘Makarrata Live’ tour begins on Monday, December 14. General tickets are on sale from December 16 at 2pm, local time.

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Tickets to the band’s show at WOMADelaide are on sale from December 11, with pre-sale commencing on December 9.

Per a press release, the tour hopes to raise awareness of The Uluru Statement From The Heart. Conceived in 2017, The Statement lobbies the Government to establish a First Nations Voice in the Australian Constitution.

Midnight Oil are yet to confirm which Indigenous artists will join them for the shows. View the full tour dates below.

“We’re relieved and excited at the thought of finally playing music to live audiences again,” frontman Peter Garrett said in a press statement.

“Lots of the songs which have struck the deepest chords with our audiences over the years, like ‘Beds Are Burning’, ‘Jimmy Sharman’s Boxers’, ‘The Dead Heart’ and ‘Truganini’, revolve around Indigenous issues so we’re definitely inspired to be playing a set that combines older songs like those with newer songs that share similar lyrical themes.”

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Midnight Oil also plan to use the shows as a way to commemorate their late bass player, Bones Hillman. Hillman passed away in November following a battle with cancer. He was 62.

“Bonesy leaves giant shoes to fill,” drummer Rob Hirst said in a press release.

‘The Makarrata Project’ hit shelves and streaming services on October 30, just days before Hillman passed away. It was the band’s first studio album since 2002’s ‘Capricornia’ and featured guest appearances from Dan Sultan, Jessica Mauboy, Kev Carmody and more.

The dates for Midnight Oil’s ‘Makarrata Live’ shows are:

February, 2021:
Sunday 28 — Mount Cotton, Sirromet Wines

March, 2021:
Monday 8 — Adelaide, WOMADelaide 2021
Saturday 13 — Hunter Valley, Hope Estate
Wednesday 17 — Canberra, Stage 88
Saturday 20 — Geelong, Mt Duneed Estate

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