Midnight Oil has confirmed it will return to the recording studio later this year, with the band’s drummer Rob Hirst saying their live reunion “was such a positive experience that it made us even hungrier to get back to making new music together.”

In an email to fans, the Oils announced two final stops on their 2019 tour — meaning no U.S. shows are planned this year — and said the band will enter the studio after coming off the road in July. There’s no promise of a full album, just that the band hopes “to track some new music for possible release in 2020.”

Any new release from Midnight Oil would be the first new music from the band since 2003 benefit single “No Man’s Land.” The Oils’ last album, Capricornia, was released in 2002.

The full statement from the band:

The Oils have also confirmed rumours that they hope to track some new music for possible release in 2020. If all goes to plan these would be their first recordings since 2001. At this stage it is not known whether a new song or two will be previewed at some point during their tour, but the band currently plans to head straight into the studio when they come off the road.

Oils drummer Rob Hirst said, “We’ve been talking about recording again for years but The Great Circle Tour in 2017 was such a positive experience that it made us even hungrier to get back to making new music together. It’s a bit early to know what might come out of it yet – we’re just looking forward to getting back into that creative mode.”

The band also announced two theater shows in Australia in late May that will kick off the 14-date run of shows this summer. They’re being billed as the “final 2019 gigs” to be announced.

See full dates below.


Midnight Oil tour dates

May 23: Anita’s Theatre, Wollongong, New South Wales
May 27: Royal Theatre, Canberra, Australian Capital Territory
July 18: Big Red Bash, Birdsville, Queensland

June 9: O2 Apollo, Manchester, England
June 11: Olympia, Dublin, Ireland
June 13: O2 Brixton Academy, London, England
June 17: Stadtpark, Hamburg, Germany
June 19: Porta Nigra, Trier, Germany
June 21: Zeltfestival, Mannheim, Germany
June 27: Grand Rex, Paris, France
July 1: Tollwood Festival, Munich, Germany
July 3: Killesberg, Stuttgart, Germany
July 6: Zitadelle, Mainz, Germany
July 13: Amphitheatre, Gelsenkirchen, Germany