Peter Garrett announces new solo album, The True North, and 2024 Australian tour

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Peter Garrett announces new solo album, The True North, and 2024 Australian tour

Credit: Awais Butt
Words by Staff Writer

In March 2024 Peter Garrett will release a new solo album called The True North recorded with his band The Alter Egos

Peter Garrett, the iconic Australian artist known for his unforgettable contributions to Midnight Oil and his solo career, is gearing up to take his music to the people once more.

In a thrilling announcement, Garrett has revealed that his latest solo album, The True North, is set to hit the airwaves on March 15, 2024. To mark this exciting release, he has also declared a nationwide tour that promises to resonate with fans of all ages. The tour will encompass a series of electrifying performances throughout Australia, including stops in Canberra, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide, Perth, Cairns, and Brisbane.

Peter Garrett & The Alter Egos – The True North Tour 2024

Thursday 14 March – Canberra Theatre, Canberra

Friday 15 March – The Factory Theatre, Sydney

Wednesday 20 March – Thornbury Theatre, Melbourne

Friday 22 March – Hindley Street Music Hall, Adelaide

Saturday 23 March – The Regal Theatre, Perth

Thursday 28 March – Tanks Arts Centre, Cairns

Saturday 30 March – The Tivoli, Brisbane

Also Performing At:

Friday 10 November, 2023 – Clearly Music & Arts Festival, Kiama – Keynote Speech

Saturday 11 November, 2023 – Clearly Music & Arts Festival, Kiama

Wednesday 29 November, 2023 – Always Live: Wangaratta Performing Arts & Convention Centre, Wangaratta

Thursday 30 November, 2023 – Always Live: Soundbox Performance, Arts Centre Forecourt Podium, Melbourne

Saturday 17 February, 2024 – Riverboats Music Festival, Echuca, Vic

Sunday 31 March, 2024 – Bluesfest, Byron Bay

Keep up with the latest music news, festivals, interviews and reviews here.

Garrett’s new album is a deeply personal journey, inspired by the breathtaking landscapes of Australia and the vibrant culture that thrives within it. It is an endeavour close to his heart, showcasing a reflective side to the singer who has been a prominent figure in the country’s music, politics, and environmental movements.

The album features contributions from his band, The Alter Egos, which includes the remarkable Martin Rotsey, known for his guitar skills with Midnight Oil. The band’s line-up also includes Heather Shannon on piano and keys, Evan Mannell on drums, Rowan Lane on bass, Freya Schack-Arnott on cello, and Ollie Thorpe on pedal steel. Moreover, two of Garrett’s daughters, May and Grace, add their voices to some of the album’s key tracks, making this a family affair.

Garrett’s powerful single, ‘Innocence Parts 1 & 2’, was unveiled as the first taste of the album. The song carries a powerful message, reminding listeners that “it’s never too late.” Produced and mixed by Tony Buchen, renowned for his work with artists like Smashing Pumpkins and Montaigne, the single showcases Garrett’s enduring talent. It’s a follow-up to his 2016 debut with The Alter Egos, A Version Of Now, which soared to the top three of the ARIA Album chart.

Peter Garrett has long been a figurehead for change in Australia. His activism, political career, and role as the lead singer of Midnight Oil have cemented him as one of the nation’s most influential voices. His accomplishments include leading the Australian Conservation Foundation for two terms, spearheading the successful case against Japanese whaling, and introducing a new needs-based funding system for schools during his tenure as Minister for School Education. These endeavours earned him the ‘Leaders for a Living Planet’ award from the World Wildlife Fund and a place in the Order of Australia for his contributions to the music industry and the environment.

Peter Garrett’s new solo album, The True North, is a testament to his enduring passion for music and activism, and his upcoming tour is a chance for audiences to witness the magic in person. Whether you’re a lifelong fan or new to Garrett’s work, this is an opportunity not to be missed.

Pre-sale tickets available on October 24, 2023, at 10 AM local time. General public ticket sales follow on October 26, 2023. Head here for more info.