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The Cat Empire To Play Last Show With Original Lineup At Bluesfest 2022

Byron Bay Bluesfest has dropped a bombshell on us today, unveiling its opening night headliner for 2022.

The Cat Empire will be capping off the Thursday night festivities with an historic set, marking the last time the band’s original lineup will take to the stage together after their two decade-spanning career.

“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,” festival boss Peter Noble OAM said today.

“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. 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.

“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.”

It comes after the band announced plans last month to close the door of their OG iteration with one final tour.

That’s not the only big news of the day, with the lineup ballooning out even further with the addition of Caravãna Sun and Tijuana Cartel.

They join the likes of Midnight Oil, Paul Kelly, Jimmy Barnes, The Teskey Brothers, Missy Higgins, Diesel and loads more.

Bluesfest had originally been rescheduled for October after its shock forced last-minute cancellation back in April, but organisers recently made the tough decision to scrap it as most of the country was plunged into extended lockdowns. It’s now been relocated to its normal Easter dates in 2022.

Catch the updated lineup & ticketing deets below!

Bluesfest 2022 – Rescheduled

All tickets on sale now

Friday, 15th April — Monday, 18th April 2022

Byron Events Farm Tyagarah, Byron Bay

Tickets: Moshtix

Bluesfest 2022 – Lineup

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HOODOO GURUS

BAKER BOY

RENEE GEYER

SAM TESKEY

KARA GRAINGER

JEFF MARTIN PLAYS THE SONGS OF LED ZEPPELIN

Joining:

The Teskey Brothers

Missy Higgins

Diesel

L.A.B

19-Twenty

Fools

Fat Freddy’s Drop

Josh Teskey & Ash Grunwald

John Williamson

C.W. Stoneking

Rockwiz Live

Joining…

Midnight Oil

Paul Kelly

Jimmy Barnes

John Butler

Xavier Rudd

Pete Murray

Mark Seymour & The Undertow

Kate Ceberano

Kasey Chambers

The Waifs

The Church

Jon Stevens

Ian Moss

The Living End

The Angels

Ross Wilson And The Peaceniks

Russell Morris

Troy Cassar-Daley

Briggs

Tex Perkins

The Man In Black

Hiatus Kaiyote

Kate Miller-Heidke

Weddings Parties Anything

The Black Sorrows

The Bamboos

Chain

Backsliders

Ash Grunwald

Melbourne Ska Orchestra

Vika & Linda

Jeff Lang

Nathan Cavaleri

Mick Thomas’ Roving Commission

Kim Churchill

Henry Wagons

JK-47

Garrett Kato

Mama Kin Spender

Dami Im

Pierce Brothers

Emily Wurramara

The Buckleys

Fiona Boyes & The Fortune Tellers

Ray Beadle

Pacey, King & Doley

All Our Exes Live In Texas

Hussy Hicks

Roshani

Declan Kelly

Daniel Champagne

Little Georgia

Lambros.

Round Mountain Girls

The Regime

Electric Lemonade

Palm Valley

Byron Busking Competition

+ MORE TBA

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