Midnight Oil frontman Peter Garrett is a legendary Australian performer.  And the star, 69, belted it out once more when he hit the stage for the third day of France’s biggest music festival, Vieilles Charrues. 

The singer belted out hits including Beds Are Burning and The Power and the Passion. Vieilles Charrues is the largest music festival in France, with over 200,000 people attending the multi-day event each year.  

Peter looked to be in fine form as he hit the stage at the French festival, held in western Brittany, France. Peter opted for a multi-coloured shirt and black trousers as he sung in-front of his rock band.

This year is the festival’s 30th anniversary, with the likes of DJ Snake, Queens of the Stone Age and Bob Sinclair performing on-stage.  It comes after Peter was locked in a war of words with United Australia Party chairman Clive Palmer. 

Garrett claimed that Palmer was unfit to hold public office after a series of scandals has rocked the mining magnate’s reputation over the last few years.‘You’ve seen fat boy up close,’ Garrett, who is known for his politically charged on-stage banter, said during the show.

The Midnight Oil frontman called the controversial billionaire a ‘fat boy’ and a ‘turkey’.  The famously outspoken singer made the remarks during one of the band’s shows at Sunshine Coast Stadium on April 9.  

‘You know what a total w**k this is,’ he added, referring to Palmer’s political ambitions.  Palmer hit back at the legendary rocker during his campaign launch in Coolum, Queensland.

He started by saying that Garrett was an ‘intellectual’ and ‘a nice guy’, even claiming he liked Midnight Oil’s politically progressive music. But he made a stinging remark about the rocker as he boasted about his own wealth.  

‘He thinks I’m a big heap of nothing he can read The Australian that says I’ve got $18.5 billion, which is a lot more than he’s made in his life from singing songs and whistling,’ Palmer said.

Midnight Oil, who have sold over 20 million albums since releasing their first record in 1978, are undertaking a final world tour before the band retires from live performance.

He went on to say he would ‘never insult’ the music veteran, but joked that Garrett must have ‘problems’ in his marriage to Doris Ricono-Garrett, his wife of more than thirty years.


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