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August 3, 2017

Postcards from South Africa

The Great Circle 2017 brought Midnight Oil back to South Africa for the first time in 23 years. Back then, Nelson Mandela had just become President. Much has changed since those heady days but the passion of the music lovers in Johannesburg remains undiminished. Thanks to BreakOut and all the fans for making this such a memorable day.


South Africa setlist.


Biltong. “You know you’re in South Africa when…”

July 30, 2017

Postcards from Europe: Part 2

The European leg of The Great Circle came to a close this week with a string of epic festival appearances across the continent plus encore plays at London’s Hammersmith Apollo and L’Olympia in Paris.

In addition to the shows, the band got out and about visiting galleries, historic sites and catching up with U2’s Joshua Tree tour on a night off.

Thanks to everyone who came to a show for helping make recent weeks an all time highlight for the band.

Now it’s on to South Africa for a special outdoor show in Johannesburg.

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Photo: Lesley Holland

RH on the tour bus, July 9

 


Les Deferlantes setlist, July 9

 


Photo: Jim Moginie

“Paying respects to James Joyce and Nora Barnacle, Zurich” – Jim, July 11

 


Photo: Jack Howard

Musilac Festival, July 14

 


“Welcome to our new digs in the South of France. Kenno (monitors), Ben (guitar and keys tech), moi.” – Jim, July 14

 


Jack in the gear truck! July 14

 


Photo: Dave Robertson

Carhaix Festival poster, July 16

 


Photo: Jack Howard

Paleo Festival – Nyon, Switzerland, July 19

 


Photo: Jim Moginie

“Pixies at Paleo, INvading spaceship cloud approaching” – Jim, July 19

 

 
Photo: Jim Moginie

“Blokes and their busses. Paleo Festival, Switzerland” – Jim, July 19

 


Photo: Ben Lyons

Colours of Ostrava, Czech Republic, July 21

 


Photo: Matyas Theuer

Colours of Ostrava, Czech Republic, July 21

 


Photo: Matyas Theuer

Colours of Ostrava, Czech Republic, July 21

 


Photo: Jim Moginie

“Bohemian Rhapsodizing. Goodbye Czech, you were amazing.” – Jim, July 22

 


London, Round 2… July 23

 


London, Round 2… July 23

 


“We need more pianos in here…” – Jim, July 24

 


Paris, Round 2… July 25

 


Meeting fans outside L’Olympia, July 25

 


“What does it mean? Contemplating Geroge Baselitz (1938-)” – Jim, July 26

July 13, 2017

POSTCARDS FROM EUROPE: PART 1

After a two week break The Great Circle 2017 has resumed with 10 headline gigs so far across Europe. Sets have been getting longer – pushing out to nearly two and a half hours on some nights. The band continues to deliver nightly surprises including their first ever live performance of the entire “Diesel & Dust” album in the middle of their Berlin set, and then the whole “Species Deceases” EP in Copenhagen.

In Sweden the 10pm sunset made for an unusually late twilight gig while their return to Amsterdam’s legendary Paradiso even included the same support band who joined them at their previous show there back in 1988. Other highlights of recent weeks included their first ever performances at London’s iconic Hammersmith Apollo and The Olympia in Paris to which the band will return for two special encore appearances later this month.

 
Photo: Lesley Holland

Rob writing during downtime in Cologne 6/21


Photo: Lesley Holland

Bones has MAC, will travel 6/22


Photo: Lesley Holland

Jim and his bier 6/22


Photo: Bones

Paradiso, Amsterdam 6/23


Berlin 6/25


Photo: David Robertson

Street Poster, Oslo 6/29


Photo: Alex Grant

Gävle, Sweden 7/1


Photo: Ollie Clark

Hammersmith Eventim Apollo, London 7/4


Photo: Jim Moginie

“Hammersmith Apollo soundcheck time.” – Jim 7/4


Photo: Jim Moginie

“Jack plays Royal AlPert Hall.” – Jim 7/4


Photo: Jack Howard

View from the Tank, London 7/4


Photo: Jack Howard

Soundcheck, London 7/4


Hammersmith Eventim Apollo crowd, London 7/4


Hammersmith Eventim Apollo, London 7/4


Photo: Jim Moginie

“Pete doing the set.” – Jim 7/4


Photo: Jim Moginie

“Goldhaek Road, Shepherd’s Bush where we recorded 10-1. The studio has been demolished, everything’s different but not much has changed.” – Jim 7/5


“Folk Rock alert!” – Jim 7/5


Photo: Jack Howard

Blue Sky Paris 7/6


Photo: Annette Rotsey

L’Olympia, side of stage 7/6


#StopAdani 7/6


Paris Poster 7/6


Signs 7/6


Photo: Jim Moginie

“Dedication in ink.” – Jim 7/6


Photo: Lesley Holland

Festival Beauregard’s backstage Chateau 7/7


Photo: Lesley Holland

Beauregard Dressing room 7/7


Photo: Lesley Holland

Almost time… 7/7


Photo: Alex Grant

Festival Beauregard 7/7