Midnight Oil join Mundi Mundi Bash lineup

Midnight Oil headed for Mundi Mundi Bash 2022

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Midnight Oil perform at WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong. Picture: Anna Warr

Midnight Oil perform at WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong. Picture: Anna Warr

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Midnight Oil will join headliners Jimmy Barnes and Missy Higgins.

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Australian rock royalty Midnight Oil will join the headline acts at the Mundi Mundi Bash, held in outback NSW in August.

The Oils will join Jimmy Barnes and Missy Higgins at the Broken Hill festival, which runs from August 18 to 20, and will follow Midnight Oil's final North American and European Tour in June/July.

Midnight Oil previously headlined the Mundi Mundi Bash's sister festival, the Birdsville Big Red Bash - the most remote music festival in the world staged on the edge of the Simpson Desert - in outback Queensland in 2019.

True to his roots as a passionate environmental advocate, lead singer Peter Garrett performed in a t-shirt that read 'Don't frack the outback' to protest mining companies lobbying to coal seam gas frack in the Channel Country region where the Big Red Bash is held.

Broken Hill Mundi Mundi Bash and Birdsville Big Red Bash festival organiser Greg Donovan said while Midnight Oil's 2019 Birdsville Big Red Bash remained a once-in-a-lifetime coup for many festival-goers, the band's upcoming Mundi Mundi Bash performance was "sure to be an equally special and memorable bucket list experience".

"With this being the final tour by Midnight Oil, we feel honoured to be hosting them in such a unique and iconic outback location that befits their spirit, legacy and connection to Australia.

"Midnight Oil are a true national treasure, and we should grab and cherish every opportunity we have to see them live."

Midnight Oil join Jimmy Barnes and Missy Higgins as headliners for the all-ages dog-friendly camping festival, along with Kasey Chambers, Jon Stevens, Daryl Braithwaite, The Black Sorrows, Richard Clapton, Russell Morris, The Wolfe Brothers, Sarah McLeod, Busby Marou, The Rolling Stones Review Starring: Adalita, Tex Perkins & Tim Rogers, Bjorn Again, Mick Thomas (Wedding Parties Anything), Ash Grunwald, Pierce Brothers, Eurogliders, Mel Dyer, The Buckleys, Kyle Lionhart, Bachelor Girl and more.

In addition to the music lineup, the Mundi Mundi Bash will feature a stacked program of outback entertainment and activities including a Nutbush City Limits world record dance attempt (the world record is currently held by the Birdsville Big Red Bash) and a Mad Max dress-up theme world record attempt - both of which will raise much-needed funds for the Royal Flying Doctor Service.

The latter world record was set at the April Mundi Mundi Bash in a location that has become synonymous with the Mad Max movie franchise.

The Mundi Mundi Bash is staged on the Mundi Mundi Plains, a location that was chosen by movie director George Miller for iconic Mad Max II scenes back in 1981. Now, 40 years on, The Mundi Mundi Plains will once again star in the upcoming Furiosa Mad Max instalment featuring Chris Hemsworth.

The festival will also offer a range of colourful daytime activities including daily morning yoga sessions, dunny door painting, Doggie 'Fashions on the Plains', the 'Mundi Undi' charity fun run, scenic helicopter flights, camel rides and more.

The Mundi Mundi Bash is expected to draw close to 10,000 festival-goers from across Australia.

It is supported by the NSW Government via Destination NSW.

Tickets to the August Mundi Mundi Bash are still on sale.

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