Australian rock band Midnight Oil has announced a benefit gig in support of the Great Barrier Reef. To take place on Friday 6 October at The Tanks Art Centre, Cairns, the concert will raise money for Great Barrier Reef Legacy, a research organisation without links to any political parties.
“Midnight Oil have always used our music to talk about things we believe are important,” said Peter Garrett, frontman with Midnight Oil. “We believe the future of the Great Barrier Reef is clearly on the line. We’re at the eleventh hour for our most important natural asset.
“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. 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.”
Given that The Tanks’ band room has a capacity of just 600, the show will be intimate, with strictly limited tickets available. However, it will be recorded and filmed by Triple M and Foxtel MAX, Midnight Oil’s tour partners, for future broadcast over television and radio.
“The Great Barrier Reef is one of the world’s most beautiful and intricate ecosystems,” said Rob Hirst, drummer with Midnight Oil. “It’s also a magnet for tourists and a major contributor to the local economy, so 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.”
Over the past six months, Midnight Oil has played 50 gigs across 16 nations as part of the Great Circle World Tour. The tour will enter its final leg on Monday 2 October and finish on 17 November at The Domain, Sydney.
Tickets for the Great Barrier Reef benefit concert are available online from 10am, Wednesday 28 September.