The Cat Empire Release ‘Bulls’, Announce National Album Tour

The Cat Empire have set themselves amongst the pigeons, announcing a huge national tour on the back of their brand new single Bulls.

The Melbourne ska sextet have delivered the third lick off their forthcoming LP, Rising With The Sun, ahead of the disc’s official release on March 4th.

Bulls is a fusion cocktail of reggae, jazz, pop, funk, finishing with a fully-fledged thigh-slappin’ hoedown.

“The song Bulls came directly from a dream” explains frontman Felix Riebl. “I woke up at the very edge of sleep. Almost, just before I woke up, there was a guy in there showing me a rhythm. It’s very distinct. That song came straight from there.

“I think we run the risk of sounding pretentious to say that songs come in dreams, but sometimes they really quite literally just appear that way,” he said. “That’s a real gift.”

Bulls follows the similarly animal-themed single, Wolves – which charted at #79 in the triple J Hottest 100, becoming the band’s 11th song in 11 years to make the countdown – as well as their earlier release, Qué Será Ahora.

To celebrate the official arrival of their seventh LP, The Cat Empire are taking the hoedown cross-country for a national tour this May.

“The show that we’re planning is a really ambitious one. We’ve got amazing production that we’ve stepped up,” Felix told triple j.

“And the album itself we really wrote for the festival setting … we’ve really hit our steps in that respect.”

As well as performing multiple dates across the ACT, SA, VIC, QLD, NSW, WA and SA (with even more dates to be announced shortly) the group will also be playing a few festival stops at WOMAdelaide and Bluesfest.

Check out their new song Bulls and full touring itinerary, below.

Rising With The Sun Tour Dates

Tickets on sale from Friday, 5th February

Friday, 20th May

The Enmore, Sydney NSW (AA)

Tickets: The Cat Empire

Saturday, 21st May

The Enmore, Sydney NSW (AA)

Tickets: The Cat Empire

Sunday, 22nd May

Canberra Theatre, Canberra ACT (AA)

Tickets: The Cat Empire

Thursday, 26th May

The Thebarton Theatre, Adelaide SA (AA)

Tickets: The Cat Empire

Friday, 27th May

The Forum, Melbourne VIC

Tickets: The Cat Empire

Saturday, 28th May

The Forum, Melbourne VIC

Tickets: The Cat Empire

Friday, 3rd June

Tank Arts Centre, Cairns QLD

Tickets: The Cat Empire

Saturday, 4th June

Magnums, Airlie Beach QLD

Tickets: The Cat Empire

Sunday, 5th June

Kirwan Tavern, Townsville QLD

Tickets: The Cat Empire

Other Dates

Friday, 4th March

Fremantle Arts Centre, Fremantle WA

Tickets: Oztix

Saturday, 5th March

3 Oceans Winery, Margaret River WA

Tickets: Oztix

Sunday, 6th March

Castelli Estate, Denmark WA

Tickets: Oztix

Friday, 11th March


Tickets: WOMADelaide

Sunday, 27th March

Bluesfest 2016, Byron Bay NSW (AA)

Tickets: Bluesfest

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