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The Cats will come out to play one last time at Bluesfest

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For two decades The Cat Empire have poured juice into our dancing shoes and joy into our hearts.

But nothing lasts forever, and on the opening night of Bluesfest 2022 (April 14) the iconic band’s original line up will step onto the stage for the last time.

Festival Director, Peter Noble, said it would be a fitting finale for the sextet, which had graced the Bluesfest stage a remarkable 16 times over the years.

‘We always believed they would be a major band, everywhere, when we first saw them play at the Prince Bandroom, St Kilda, all those years ago, and booked them as a result,’ he said.

‘Now they are known and loved all over the world. It will be interesting to see what everyone from the original lineup does in future.’

These days the band has a strong local connection, with one key member living in the Byron Shire with his family.

In the first in a series of announcements about Bluesfest’s opening night, Mr Noble also revealed that local band Tijuana Cartel and Sydney outfit, Caravãna Sun, would be joining The Cat Empire on April 14.

‘Openig night at Bluesfest 2022 … will feature a number of very special performances which will only happen that evening…’ he said.

‘Bluesfest 2022 promises to give us all the well-deserved live music treat we need after the last few years without a Bluesfest.’

For those who already have tickets to other days of the event, Bluesfest have made Thursday add-on tickets available.

For everyone else, 5-Day season, 3-day Thu-Fri-Sat, and single-day tickets are now on sale. Tickets and further info are available here.

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