Photos by John Kol
Iconic Australian rock band Midnight Oil, the headline act for this year’s WOMADelaide sunset concert series in King Rodney Park, played last night’s Saturday concert alongside Vika & Linda Bull.
Over their 28-year career and 11 studio albums, ‘the Oils’ have had five #1 albums, 11 ARIA Awards, been inducted into the ARIA Hall of Fame and received two Grammy nominations. Midnight Oil, who performed at WOMADelaide 1997, have not played in Adelaide since 2017.
Also playing last night were sisters Vika & Linda Bull whose effortless harmonies journey through rock, country, gospel, reggae, R&B, soul and blues. Their 2020 releases, Akilotoa – Anthology 1994-2006 and Sunday (The Gospel According to Iso) – made during lockdown and a reflection of their popular ‘Sunday sing-song sessions’ at home – have cemented their place in the hearts of the nation.
Kicking things off on the night were MRLN x RKM. Marlon Motlop AKA MRLN, born and bred in Darwin and now living in Adelaide, is of Aboriginal Larrakia, Kungarrakany and Thursday Island heritage. His deep love for family and his country follow him in all passions, including his songwriting which is sharply insightful and distinctly honest. RKM is Adelaide based MC Rulla Kelly-Mansell, a Tulampunga Pakana man from Kooparoona Niara, Lutruwita (Tasmania) who grew up connected to country and is a truly unique storyteller. He and four other local musicians joined MRLN on stage, to their biggest audience to date.
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