Xavier Rudd, Cat Empire announce joint tour

Australian singer songwriter Xavier Rudd at Bluesfest 2015.
Australian singer songwriter Xavier Rudd at Bluesfest 2015. Lyn McCarthy

TWO of Australia's most outstanding live acts, The Cat Empire and Xavier Rudd have announced they will be touring together in January and February 2017.

The series of unique concert events are to be held in picturesque open-air settings, presented by Zaccaria Concerts and Touring.

The tour, announced today, will see these two fantastic performers come to Byron Bay for one of these open-air concerts, subject to DA approbal.

Tickets for the handful of distinct concert events go on sale for the general public on Friday October 21 2016 at 10am AEDT.

2016 has seen The Cat Empires Rising With The Sun album debut at number 1 on both the National ARIA and AIR charts at home, top 10 in six other countries and Top 20 in 16 countries around the world, along with a global debut at number 9 on the iTunes worldwide chart.

Before heading home for their Australian summer dates they'll complete the last leg of an international tour which has seen them play over 100 shows throughout UK, Australia, Canada and Europe, the biggest global tour of their career in terms of ticket sales.

The Cat Empire's Felix Riebl said:

"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," he said.

"We're very excited about this one, it'll be a full and colourful stage."

As one of Australia's most adept multi-instrumentalists, Xavier Rudd enthrals audiences as he paints breathtaking pictures with vivid unmistakeable tones.

2016 has seen Xavier top the charts in the Netherland with his Follow the Sun single pipping global hit makers Justin Bieber and Adele to the number one post there whilst achieving platinum sales in Italy.

His last European tour sold out months in advance with an incredible 14,000 tickets sold in the Netherlands alone.

These Australian summer concert events will see Xavier deliver a magical set as a three piece with Bobby Alu on drums and Ant Aggs on keys.

"I've always had a tonne of respect for The Cat Empire guys since the start," Xavier said.

"Deadly musicians and lovely people.

"Over the last 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 early in 2017!"

The Cat Empire and Xavier Rudd with special guests Harts, Ocean Valley and Sahara Beck at Red Devil Park, Byron Bay (Subject to DA approval) Saturday February 4.

Tickets on sale:

Pre-sale tickets: 10am AEDT on Tuesday October 18 until midnight Thursday October 20.

General public tickets: 10am AEDT on Friday October 21.

Topics:  the cat empire whatson xavier rudd

Stay Connected

Update your news preferences and get the latest news delivered to your inbox.

Truck show rolls in Mullumbimby

KEEP ON TRUCKING. Mark Ward from Wards Transport Mullumbimby gearing up for the Mullum Show.

Shine those rigs ready for the Mullumbimby Truck Parade.

Running for Amanda

BRAVE FACE: Roberta O'Brien, whose Running Group was there to honour and remember Amanda Nash, at the Byron Lighthouse Run. Amanda's father Robert Reid puts a smile on his face and relaxes after the race.

Tenth annual Lighthouse Run attracted around 1200 participants

Brave boy uncovers man's cow sex, child sexual abuse

A beast in the main arena at the 2012 Ekka.

Police praise boy for testimony of man's abuse and sex with a cow

Local Partners

Shark victim: "I just want to enjoy being alive today'

THE Byron Bay surfer attacked by a shark says he is lucky to be alive after a shark threw him from his board while surfing at Broken Head.

Jethro Tull is back to Bluesfest

ICONIC: Ian Anderson of Jethro Tull at Bluesfest 2011.

Jethro Tull returns to Bluesfest next April

Beth Hart will set the stage on fire

ON FIRE: Beth Hart, coming to Bluesfest 2017.

American singer/songwriter Beth Hart

Barry Gibb is coming to Bluesfest 2017

FANS: Barry Gibb talks to a fan next to a cardboard cutout of his young self.

Aged 70, Gibb has re-launched his solo music career with a new album

Kanye West threatens to boycott Grammys

West says he won't go to the Grammys if Frank Ocean's not nominated

Why this actress wasn't embarrassed by nude photo leak

Leslie Jones source Bang

'If you wanna see Leslie Jones naked, just ask,' she said

Federal grant keeps NORPA telling our local stories

ANNOUNCEMENT: NORPA's Producer Marisa Snow, Artistic Director Julian Louis, General Manager Patrick Healy, Chair David Wolff, with Member for Page Kevin Hogan.

Arts company granted almost $400,00 over two years

Dad's Army comic genius Jim Perry dies

Jimmy Perry, the creator of Dad's Army.

Dad's Army series captured all that British people savour

Check out some fashions from the Coast festival

FASHION: Ocean Zen range.

Images from the Sunshine Coast Fashion Festival show what's hot

Australian Survivor's magician Matt out of tricks

Australian Survivor contestant Matt Tarrant.

SHOW'S power couple looks unstoppable in race to the finish.

Hinterland horse stud passed in for $8.25 million

UNREAL: This Maleny estate is incredible.

12-bedroom hinterland horse stud still available

Hit songwriter's Noosa mansion on market

SPECIAL PLACE: The Cintamani estate is going to tender, marketed by Tom Offermann Real Estate.

Is this Queensland's best property?

Kiwi siblings snap up Dotcom mansion for $32.5m

The new toy company owners of the Coatesville mansion want replace any controversy with positivity and fun. Photo / Barfoot and Thompson

The trio paid $32.5 million for the property in June

New $200 million development will create 580 jobs

Cassie And Josh with baby Alfie and daughter Andee. They have bought at new Lennox Head development Epiq.

Majority of new positions will be given to Northern Rivers locals

Cherrabah's mega resort plans axed

PLANS for a massive development at Cherrabah have been scrapped.

Dusit Thani finance crisis 'just a small hiccup'

ON TRACK: Springfield Land Chairman, Maha Sinnathamby, Ipswich Mayor Paul Pisasale, Developer Richard Turner and Springfield Land Deputy Chairman, Bob Sharpless, at the recent resort sod turning ceremony.

Property developer says project remains firmly on track