The Cat Empire announce Edinburgh gig

Australia’s ska and jazz heroes The Cat Empire have announced a 12-date UK tour for 2016 – including a visit to Edinburgh’s Queen’s Hall on Saturday, April 9.

The band have had a lot to celebrate recently, playing a sold out show at London’s prestigious Royal Albert Hall in June and their single ‘Que Sera Ahora’ going straight on the BBC Radio 2 playlist .

Their latest tour includes a few extra cities being added to the band’s usual UK sojourn – including the return trip to Edinburgh, where an epic 16-night stint at the Edinburgh Festival all those years ago sparked a long European love affair for the band’s ability to turn every gig into one huge party.

This is a band that makes music that people want to dance. Music lovers from all over the world discovered The Cat Empire at “that” festival, spreading the Empire gospel worldwide.

During their UK tour, the band will play a mix of their hits, and tracks from their brand new album, set for release in March 2016.

The second single off the new album comes via the brand new single Wolves (watch the video below), which will be released January 2016 in the UK and this time around the Empire are adding to their eclectic music recipe, mixing in Caribbean drums with disco synth.

Recorded in Melbourne, and produced by long-time friend Jan Skubiszewski, this latest single bears all the best trademarks of The Cat Empire; an infectious groove, and beats that lead you straight to the dance floor.

“Wolves is one of the most unique songs we’ve ever released,” explains frontman Felix Riebl. “It’s got a Caribbean disco edge, with a African-sounding melodic hook played on a (broken) toy synthesiser, and a dance anthem chorus. It’s quite chaotic, about running away from any kind of boring situation.”

A brand new video now accompanies the single, shot in the band’s old haunt of Collingwood (a suburb of Melbourne), featuring local dancer Samantha Bruzzese. Like the song, the clip for Wolves is all about escapism, and about using music, especially that of The Cat Empire, to escape the every day.

Tickets for The Cat Empire’s 2016 UK tour go on sale Friday, October 30 – check the Queen’s Hall website for tickets for the Edinburgh gig, or head to thecatempire.com for more ticketing information