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Midnight Oil is Australian Double J Artist of the Year 2022


midnight oil are the 2022 Australian Double J Artist of the Year.

The news was announced as part of the J Awards celebrations this morningwith beater Rob Hirst accepting the prize on behalf of the group.

“We started this tour the first or second week of January and didn’t really stop all year until about five weeks ago,” Hirst told triple j’s Lucy Smith.


Bands that have been together for 50 years rarely make a record with the power of Midnight Oil’s 2022 album Resist.

Thereupon, they take on a typically unwavering view of the destructive forces threatening the future of our planet, all to their brand of tense, driving, and thrilling rock music.

“I didn’t feel a lot of pressure to do anything in terms of trying to respect some sort of legacy,” Jim Moginie told Double J when the album was released.

“It was almost like there was no legacy. There was nothing. It was like a blank slate and we could do with it whatever we wanted.”

The album was good, the tour was better. On their last circumnavigation, Midnight Oil was determined to stand out, delivering marathon performances with the same urgency and power they have brought throughout their long career.

“We found most of the songs from the Resist album were great to inject into the set,” Hirst told Lucy This Morning.

“We hope to have played some of our strongest shows so that people will remember the band as strongly as the shows we used to do from the late 70s.”

From Darwin to Hobart, Busselton to Cairns, and across the United States, Canada and Europe, the band bid farewell to fans, culminating in a 3.5-hour epic at Sydney’s Hordern Pavilion, two steps from where it all began half a century ago. from.


Although Hirst was kind enough to accept the award for his band, he was determined to make sure everyone knew how many people had made this possible.

“Our longtime producer, Warne Livesey, who did a fantastic job producing, and all the studio engineers who helped with the album,”

“On the road we had the shining Liz Stringer and Lea Flanagan to sing with us this year at almost every concert. We have had Andy Bickers playing sax, and he’s just a consummate professional, the best in the business.

“We have incredible management, John Watson and Mel Chenery, and of course I want to thank Jim [Moginie]Martin [Rotsey, guitarist] and Pete [frontman Peter Garrett] for supporting me for a year on the road.”


He saved his last thanks for the new member of Midnight Oil.

“I just wanted to shout out my brother in rhythm, Adam Ventura, which has made this year incredibly enjoyable for me. Sadly we lost our dear long time bassist Bonesy Hillman a few years ago and Adam stepped in and learned over 90 songs.

“He, more than anyone to me, has made this year possible with his incredible dedication and play. Well done, Adam. Thank you so much from all of us in the Oils.”

In 2022, Midnight Oil proved they were more than just a legacy act. They still have a lot to say, and they always say it better than most.

Check out all the J Award winners here.

Former Double J Australian Artist of the Year winners:

2021: The Avalanches

2020: Archie Roach

2019: Sampa the Great

2018: Geoffrey Gurrumul Yunupingu

2017: Jen Cloher

2016: King Gizzard and the Lizard Sorcerer

2015 : Tim Rogers

2014 : Mia Dyson