Midnight Oil announce Great Barrier Reef benefit show

By Angela Heathcote | September 27, 2017

Tickets went on sale this morning.

EARLIER THIS week Midnight Oil, who are on the last leg of their Great Circle World Tour, announced a special benefit show to be played in Cairns on October 6 with all proceeds being donated to the Great Barrier Reef Legacy (GBRL) to support activism and research.   

The gig, dubbed ‘Oils on the Reef’ will be played at the Tanks Art Centre and will then be broadcasted on Foxtel’s “MAX” channel and Triple M radio. 

In a statement on the official Midnight Oil website the band detailed the importance of the Great Barrier Reef (GBR) as an ecosystem, while also acknowledging the reefs important contribution to tourism and other local economies.

“The fact that it’s under threat from climate change and unsustainable development should concern all Australians. We believe we should support the work of scientists and listen to them when it comes to what we should do to protect this precious environment,” said drummer, Rob Hirst, who earlier this year signed an open letter addressed to Gautam Adani requesting that he abandon the Carmichael Coalmine project. 

The bands iconic front man, Peter Garrett looked to Midnight Oil’s long history of environmental activism, saying that the band is looking forward to doing their fair share for the reef.  

 “Some parts of the Reef are already being killed off by catastrophic climate change and other parts would be damaged by bad federal government policy that prioritises short term corporate profit above all else,” he said. “So we’re looking forward to getting together with our friends in Cairns and all doing our bit to share some information, provoke more conversation and make change while there’s still time.”

The GBRL, of which Australian Geographic is a proud sponsor, are at the forefront of reasearch and conservation of the GBR.

The funds donated by Midnight Oil will be directed towards the organisation’s first expedition ‘Search for the Super Corals’ in November this year. 

“The 21-day expedition will offer 20 free spaces for the worlds leading marine scientists to fully assess the impacts of the last two mass bleaching events on the remote far northern reefs, as well as identify and collect Super Coral species that have survived the catastrophic bleaching events,” Dean Miller, the director of science and media for GBRL, told Australian Geographic

“It is fantastic to see Midnight Oil bringing Great Barrier Reef issues to their fans and a global audience. The future of the reef hangs in the balance and we must act soon if we are able to have a real and lasting influence on the health of the Great Barrier Reef and coral reefs worldwide.”

You can purchase tickets to the benefit show here.