The Cat Empire will headline the opening night of Bluesfest Byron Bay, as the final performance of the original lineup.
After 20 years together, The Cat Empire are calling it a day.
Not before one last, special performance at Bluesfest Byron Bay, Festival Director Peter Noble OAM announced this morning.
“It’s going to be a magnificent celebration when The Cat Empire play their final ever show Easter Thursday at Bluesfest after 20 years, including an incredible 16 performances at Bluesfest in that time,” he said.
“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.”
Noble said it would be interesting to see what everyone from the original lineup does in the future.
“Felix & Ollie have advised they will be launching The Cat Empire II soon … Can’t wait, but meantime… We get to say ‘Goodbye, Goodbye’ before we say ‘Hello, Hello’ again,” he said.
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To add to the party atmosphere, Caravãna Sun and Tijuana Cartel have also been announced for the opening night of festivities on Thursday, 14th April 2022.
Other artists announced for the epic five-day Easter long weekend event include Midnight Oil, Paul Kelly, Jimmy Barnes, Amy Shark, The Teskey Brothers, The Living End, Briggs and Baker Boy.
Promoters last week announced the festival was approaching 75 percent sold out:
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 all on sale now.
Visit www.bluesfest.com.au for lineup updates, festival information, tickets and more.
Watch Bluesfest 2019 Highlights:
Bluesfest 2022 – Lineup
Jeff Martin Plays The Songs Of Led Zeppelin
The Teskey Brothers
Fat Freddy’s Drop
Josh Teskey & Ash Grunwald
Mark Seymour & The Undertow
The Living End
Ross Wilson And The Peaceniks
The Man In Black
Weddings Parties Anything
The Black Sorrows
Melbourne Ska Orchestra
Vika & Linda
Mick Thomas’ Roving Commission
Mama Kin Spender
Fiona Boyes & The Fortune Tellers
Pacey, King & Doley
All Our Exes Live In Texas
Round Mountain Girls
Byron Busking Competition
+ MORE TBA