Midnight Oil fans have been left disappointed after storm activity on Tuesday night forced the cancellation of the band’s farewell show in Canberra.

The group were due to take to the stage at Stage 88 before the show was called off last minute, due to safety concerns.

In a statement on the band’s Facebook page, it said the group was ‘profoundly disappointed’ the show couldn’t go ahead.

“[The band] will endeavour to make this up to their ACT fans around the end of RESIST World Tour later this year.”

Ticket holders are also being assured they will be contacted with more information regarding their refunds ‘as soon as possible’.

It’s been a bad week for gig goers in Canberra after Crowded House’s show at the Royal Theatre on Thursday was also cancelled after front man Neil Finn tested positive to COVID-19.

All of that comes as more than 30 mills of rain was recorded across the ACT on Tuesday night, leading to 20 calls for help to the SES.


However, ACT SES Chief Officer Anthony Draheim said he expected the number to be higher.

“Fortunately, the Canberra community was well prepared, they’re doing exactly what we’ve been asking them to do – prepare their houses, look after their roofs and the like.”

Anyone in need of assistance can contact the SES on 132 500.

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