The Cat Empire 'Steal The Light' World Tour @ Tanks Arts Centre

The Cat Empire 'Steal The Light' World Tour

Melbourne’s finest genre-busting, multi-platinum collective The Cat Empire have today announced their biggest world tour to date, which will see them play almost 70 shows across three continents in celebration of the release of their fifth studio album 'Steal The Light'.

Over the course of a decade, the band has gained an incredible international reputation, and has established themselves as one of Australia’s most unique musical exports.

When they jumped on a plane to the USA for their first overseas engagement in 2002 it was the first time some band members had cause for a passport. They have subsequently toured all over the world, performing almost 950 shows including headlining some of the worlds most prestigious festivals, and playing on entertainment shows such as Letterman and Leno.

With an outstanding new record and a live show to match, 2013 is set be another great year for The Cat Empire. “When we started out,” says The Cat Empire vocalist and trumpeter Harry Angus, “we were jazz musicians, but we wanted to play music that spoke to the whole world. I think with this record we’ve really come full circle, and we’re really embracing that concept again.”

The Steal The Light World Tour will get underway in North America in July, with the band headlining Canadian festivals and hitting the hot spots of the USA. The band will be supported by Blackalicious, as well as Australia’s own Tinpan Orange on some North American dates.

South America is in the bands sights this year for the first time following a huge online drive from fans in Rio, Sao Paulo and Buenes Aires who took it upon themselves to lobby the band for shows via pledge site Queremos. With over 500 fans pledging their attendance in less then one week, The Cat Empire re-routed their tour to respond to the demand, adding more cities each week as South Americans catch on and join the lobby group.

The band will be back in Australia in September to do a run through their favourite theatres, with special guests Hiatus Kaiyote sharing the stage, as well as The Empire Horns and new addition to the entertainment troupe - Lenny and The Ela Dancers – 4 amazing dancers to get the rooms moving.

The Cat Empire will be stepping up in venue sizes across Europe in October 2013, with London’s Brixton Academy set to sell out, and the band moving on from multiple nights in Amsterdam’s Paradiso to the famed Heineken Music Hall. With Melbourne band FLAP! opening all European shows, the boys are excited to get back to Barcelona for the first time since 2004. No doubt this announcement to follow next week will please the legion of Spaniards who have taken to bussing across the border into France en-masse in recent years in order to get to see the band.

The band’s first single from the new album, “Brighter Than Gold” is already a crowd favourite, with high rotation on Triple J in Australia, “Mega Hit” status on 3FM in the Netherlands, heat building on it at radio in Germany and Belgium, and dipping into the Dutch iTunes chart in the top #20, peaking at #17 just two weeks after release.

“Brighter Than Gold” hints at great things to come on the new album, 'Steal The Light', the band's first worldwide independent release. It arrives ten years after they crashed onto the recording scene with a self-titled debut album that was gold in Australia within weeks, platinum two months later, and double platinum a year on from that. Followed by a No. 1 chart entry for the sophomore album 'Two Shoes' in 2005, and 2 more award winning albums after that, there is every indication that The Cat Empire have no intention of slowing down.

“In many ways this record is a return to our original aesthetic, a very simple thing; that the music is for dancing and feeling good. The record and the shows should make people smile, make people dance. That's all we want,” muses Angus.

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Main Stage 10 February


Fremantle Arts Centre 14 December, NightQuarter (Odette) 23 September, Royal Theatre 09 September, Adelaide Festival Centre 10 June, The Triffid 20 September, Night Quarter 23 September, The Odeon Theatre 06 September, Fremantle Art Centre 15 December, Fremantle Art Centre 14 December, Enmore Theatre 15 September, Enmore Theatre 14 September, UC Hub 16 September, The Triffid 22 September, The Triffid 21 September, TBA - Surfers Paradise 04 April, Melbourne Zoo (Allysha Joy) 03 February


3 Oceans Winery 02 December, Hope Estate 25 November, Rottnest Island 03 December, Mornington Racecourse 01 April


655 Main Road 29 November, C.Ex Coffs 24 October, Panthers 23 October, Club Forster 22 October, Panthers 19 October, Hordern Pavilion 18 October, UC Live 17 October, Rabbit & Cocoon 12 October, The Tivoli 11 October, The Tivoli 10 October, Festival Hall 04 October, Thebarton Theatre 03 October, Metro City 27 September, King Street Arts Centre 26 September


The Coolangatta Hotel (Hiatus Kiayote) 29 October, Tanks Arts Centre (Good Oak) 06 October, Tanks Arts Centre (Good Oak) 05 October, Base - Magnetic Island (Good Oak) 04 October, Mackay Entertainment Convention Centre (Good Oak) 03 October, Great Western Hotel (Good Oak) 02 October, The Tivoli (Hiatus Kaiyote) 28 September, The Tivoli (Hiatus Kaiyote) 27 September, Enmore Theatre (Hiatus Kaiyote) 21 September, Enmore Theatre (Hiatus Kaiyote) 20 September, University of Canberra - Refectory (Hiatus Kaiyote) 19 September, The Forum Theatre (Hiatus Kaiyote) 13 September, The Forum Theatre (Hiatus Kaiyote) 12 September, Discovery Nightclub (Hiatus Kaiyote) 08 September, Red Hill Auditorium (Hiatus Kaiyote) 07 September, Thebarton Theatre (Hiatus Kaiyote) 06 September, The Hi-Fi 12 May, The Hi-Fi 11 May, The Hi-Fi 10 May, Prince Bandroom (FLAP!) 21 March, Prince Bandroom (FLAP!) 20 March, Fremantle Arts Centre (FLAP!) 10 March, Metro Theatre - Transit Lounge (FLAP!) 02 March, Metro Theatre - Transit Lounge (FLAP!) 02 March, Metro Theatre - Transit Lounge (FLAP!) 01 March


The Tivoli 02 October, The Tivoli 01 October, The Zoo 30 September, The Zoo 29 September, Rosemount Hotel (Eagle And The Worm) 09 October, Metropolis Fremantle (Eagle And The Worm) 07 October, Fly By Night Club (Eagle And The Worm) 06 October, The Astor Theatre (Eagle And The Worm) 05 October