Freo strikes Oils

THE Fremantle Festival has scored a major coup, with Midnight Oil signing on for a show at the Fremantle Arts Centre on October 29.

The politically-charged rockers returned to Aussie soil this month as part of their comeback Great Circle 2017 world tour and their concert at Perth Arena has already sold out.

Fremantle council’s festivals co-ordinator Kathryn Taylor told the Herald the band’s management contacted the council because it wanted a smaller, more intimate venue to hold a charity gig supporting reef protection and climate change. The timing was perfect for the festival, which runs from October 27 – November 5.

Frontman and former federal environment minister Peter Garrett got stuck into Townsville council on Tuesday over the Carmichael coal mine being pushed by controversial Indian mining company Adani, saying the city’s support amounted to “reversed intellectual capacity”.

• Midnight Oil: heading to Freo.

All of the proceeds from the Freo concert will be donated, with the Australian Marine Conservation Society to get some coin for its battle against Adani.

Freo fans will get a special treat, with the Oils playing their iconic album 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1 in its entirety for the first time on stage, along with an hour of other hits. 10 – 1 was their breakthrough, peaking at number 3 and lasting 171 weeks on the national charts. It unleashed on the world the singles Power and the Passion, US Forces and Short Memory.

Fremantle mayor Brad Pettitt was quick to capitalise on the One For The Oceans concert.

“Midnight Oil’s decision to play a unique concert right here at WA’s favourite arts centre is further evidence that Fremantle truly is WA’s event capital,” Dr Pettitt said in reference to a recent WA tourism report that named the port city WA’s top entertainment precinct.

“The cause is one that’s very important to Fremantle so we’re thrilled to support it.

“This will be a gig to remember.”

General public tickets available Wednesday October 18 from 10am from http://www.oztix.com.au

by STEVE GRANT

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