The Cat Empire and Xavier Rudd join forces for tour

Singer songwriter Xavier Rudd.
Singer songwriter Xavier Rudd. Contributed

TWO of Australia's most acclaimed live acts, Xavier Rudd and The Cat Empire, are going on tour together for the first time.

Both regulars on the festival circuit, Rudd and The Cat Empire will play a special series of outdoor summer concerts in a mix of metro and regional areas.

The tour will play Byron Bay's Red Devil Park on February 4, 2017, and Sandstone Point on Bribie Island on February 5. They will also be supported by Harts, Ocean Valley and Sahara Beck.

"We've been crossing paths with Xavier Rudd at festivals in Australia and internationally for many years, and we've always had a great time together," The Cat Empire's Felix Riebl said.

The Cat Empire perform live.
The Cat Empire perform live. Contributed

"Add Sahara Beck and Harts to the mix, it should be an amazing summer. We're very excited about this one, it'll be a full and colourful stage."

The admiration between the two headliners appears to be mutual.

"I've always had a tonne of respect for The Cat Empire guys since the start; deadly musicians and lovely people," Rudd said.

"Over the past 15 or so years touring around the world and seeing their posters in so many different towns and countries has always brought me a smile. I guess it's about time that we teamed up to do some shows together and I'm stoked to share a stage with these legends back on home soil."

Rudd will perform his set as part of a three-piece with support from Bobby Alu on drums and Ant Aggs on the keyboard.

Pre-sale starts at 10am AEDT tomorrow. Tickets go on sale to the general public at 10am AEDT on Friday.

Topics:  harts music ocean alley sahara beck the cat empire xavier rudd

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