Midnight Oil announce guests for National ‘Resist: The Final Tour’

Media Release by Frontier Touring

In the wake of last week’s acclaimed Tasmanian gigs, Midnight Oil today unveiled the full line up for each show of their imminent mainland tour. The dates will feature a broad palate of Australian sounds, from buzzing pub punks, Amyl & The Sniffers through the young surf rock of Darwin’s King Stingray to the mighty Hoodoo Gurus just as they launch their new album. Acclaimed singer/songwriters Jack River, William Crighton, Emily Wurramara, Stephen Pigram and Busby Marou will also appear, as will “Best Blues & Roots” ARIA winners, All Our Exes Live In Texas. Plus, the tour will feature a handful of rare reunion appearances by fellow 1980’s trailblazers, Goanna.

These shows kick off with sold out gigs in Newcastle and Wollongong, shortly after the band’s new album Resist is released on 18 February. When announcing the dates last November the Oils revealed this would be their last concert tour and that it would hopefully be followed by some other shows overseas – this remains their intention providing international travel is possible. Full information for the Australian leg is detailed below.

Meanwhile critical reaction to the band’s appearances last week at the Mona Foma Festival in Launceston and Hobart has been extraordinary:

“If the first concert of Midnight Oil’s last tour was indicative of the 18 dates to follow, the Sydney-born band is fighting against the laws of rock ’n’ roll nature by going out on top… If you can, go.” The Australian

“Farewell tours often have one eye on the past and the other on the cash register – but if Midnight Oil’s show in Launceston on Sunday was any indication, they’re not coasting to the finish line.” The Guardian

“Midnight Oil’s farewell lap, to mark a new album, and preserve the legacy of their blistering live shows, was never going to be reflective and dewy-eyed.” Herald Sun

Appearing at Sunshine Coast Stadium


In the 1980s, GOANNA’s debut album, Spirit of Place, helped forge a new Australian identity. The iconic Solid Rock stoked a fire for Indigenous rights that hasn’t gone out, while the anthemic Let The Franklin Flow was a call to arms for Australia’s emerging environmental movement. GOANNA released three studio albums: 1982’s Spirit of Place, 1985’s Oceania and 1998’s Spirit Returns. Soulful, lyrical, political, humane and brimming with musicality, originality and creative volatility, Australia has never produced a group like GOANNA, before or since. Forty years after their debut album, Shane Howard, Rose Bygrave, Marcia Howard and Graham Davidge, with special guests, are reliving those treasures, as they embark on a year of paying homage to the Goanna spirit again.

Jack River

JACK RIVER is the stage name of Holly Rankin, a Sydney based singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer and leapt on to the Australian music scene in 2016 with the release of her first single Talk Like That that served as a prelude for her debut EP Highway Songs #2. Two more singles followed, including Fault Line (2017) and Ballroom (2018), which helped propel the alt-rock electro-pop rockstar onto the Australian music scene shortly before the release of her three-time ARIA-nominated debut album, Sugar Mountain (2018), which peaked at no. 11 on the ARIA Albums Chart. At the 2018 ARIA Awards Sugar Mountain was nominated for Breakthrough Artist, Best Pop Release and Engineer of the Year. Most recently, Jack River released We Are The Youth (September 2021), a song dedicated to the billions of young people driving urgent political and social change.