Throughout February and March, Australian Rock Icons Midnight Oil will be bringing their incredible Makarrata Live performance across the country. Each show will be held at an outdoor venue with a unique line up of First Nations collaborators. Featuring songs from their 2020 #1 Mini Album The Makarrata Project as well as all of their classic hits from the band’s legendary tenure this concert series is shaping up to be the can’t miss tour of the year.
Utilizing the band’s widespread appeal, this run of shows will seek to elevate The Uluru Statement From The Heart, in which calls for a Makarrata – or a ‘Truth Telling” – to account for the theft of lands and displacement of First Nations people.
The Makarrata Live show will be first previewed at Sirromet Wines (near Brisbane) on Sunday the 28TH of February, before it travels around the country. Every single show will adhere to the strict Covid-19 Protocols laid out by each respective state. Due to this, each state will only have one unique show for this special tour. While that may disappoint many fans who won’t be able to make it to some of these shows, the band has stated they will look to tour again later in 2021. By that time hopefully, the Covid precautions will be less strict and the tour will be able to take place at a wider variety of venues around the country.
In regard to the upcoming tour, however, the band are extremely excited to be playing live music again. According to frontman Peter Garrett, “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.” It is extremely evident with Garretts enthusiasm and history of deep interest and compassion of Indigenous Australian Issues that these gigs will encompass a special kind of eagerness to not only put on a great live show but to also seamlessly interweave the collaboration with the First Nations performers and showcase the message of Makarrata.
Midnight Oil will also be wanting to put on a number of incredible shows for their late bass player Bones Hillman. Passing late 2020 the long-time bass player was as passionate as any of the other members of Midnight Oil in regard to Indigenous Issues. The message from Bones himself to the band during his illness was simple. The Show must go on, and in honour of his memory and The Uluru Statement From the Heart, it definitely will.
Midnight Oil – Makarrata Live
28 February – Sirromet Wines | Mount Cotton, QLD
Licensed All Ages
Presented by Triple M
Tickets are on sale now.
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