Midnight Oil are returning to the UK, two years after playing their first shows here in 20 years.

The legendary Australian band, who sold out over 70 gigs in 16 countries on their 2017 Great Circle world tour, play Manchester’s O2 Apollo on Sunday 9th June and London’s Brixton Academy on Thursday 13th June.

Tickets are on sale now.

“We really enjoyed making music together again on The Great Circle tour and the reaction from everyone was so positive that we’ve decided to do a bit more of it in 2019,” explained the band members Rob Hirst (drums and vocals), Martin Rotsey (guitar), Peter Garrett (lead vocals), Jim Moginie (guitar, keyboards, and vocals), and Bones Hillman (bass and vocals).

“There won’t be anywhere near as many shows this time around but we’re keen to keep performing while there are still new places to play and new things to say. It’s as simple as that really.”

In the era of Brexit and Donald Trump, the band’s politically, socially, and environmentally charged songs like Beds Are Burning, US Forces, Short Memory, When The Generals Talk, and Blue Sky Mining remain as relevant as ever. And, as RockShot Magazine discovered at their 2017 show at Hammersmith Apollo, the band perform them with as much voracity as ever.

“For two breathless hours, these men in their 60s seem just as invigorated as they were on their seminal live album Oils On The Water, recorded back in 1985. Add 30 years of experience and they actually sound better than ever before,” we wrote.

Live: Midnight Oil @ Hammersmith Apollo