The youngest Aussie band to turn 10 years old, in 2011 THE CAT EMPIRE celebrate the 10th anniversary of their first show as the 6 piece which went on to become the Empire they are today.

In an industry where few bands survive beyond the first album, if even making it that far, 10 years is a fantastic achievement.

To celebrate this milestone, the band will re-visit the venues they worked their way through as they gained fans and playing chops. From the small jazz clubs, crazy late night party rooms, to the pubs, concert halls and theatres.

"We feel incredibly grateful to the venues and the super-fans who supported us and took a punt on us in the early days, and have continued to support as our career gained momentum. The venue crawl is a tribute to those people and really unique times".

For fans, this is the chance to go back to where they first discovered The Cat Empire. Ram yourself into a room - up close and personal, or take yourself to a concert to see them on the big stage - or do both!

 Ram yourself into a jazz venue, sweat it out in a pub, dance in a club or take in the spectacle at a theatre. September 2011 gives you a chance to revisit some of those moments with The Empire. Vic, NSW and SA had the chance in May, and now with stellar performances at East and West Coast Blues Fest out of the way, The Cat Empire are ready to invite WA and QLD fans to this dance-a-thon 10 year celebration The Empire.

The Cat Empire’s 10th birthday is a home-grown success story, which shows that a combination of hard work, great songs, a good vibe, a genuine vision, and a little bit of luck go a long way. The first Australian tours were undertaken in a convoy of cars handed down from parents, or borrowed from friends, sleeping on the floors of friends of friends, and putting up their own posters at each stop.

Word quickly spread about this young band that could deliver a party like no other. Soon they were undertaking national tours, and financing their first album, all under their own steam.

"We all borrowed some money from a parent or friend, to pay for the first album. We promised we would pay them back within 9 months - we paid it all back within 3!”

By the time they signed their first record deal (with EMI, who they are now into their 3rd deal with) they were packing out 1500 seat venues in each Australian major city, and had a solid fan base all over the country. The band has now sold over three quarters of a million albums and DVDs in all corners of the world.

They have headlined global festivals, won ARIAs, and played on Letterman and Leno, contributed where they can to a range of causes such as the environment and more recently the Asylum Seekers plight in Australia. When asked what their biggest achievement is in 10 years as a band, there is a unanimous "staying together".

While other 20 something’s were going to uni, working odd jobs, hanging out with friends in share houses, Ryan, Will, Ollie, Harry, Jumps, Felix and the Empire Horns - Ross and Kieran, spent their twenties trawling across continents in tour buses, playing to audiences night after night, quietly building their Empire, and making you-tube videos to pass the time.

This experience has brought them together as a band, and defined them as individuals.

Fans on the bands online mailing list will get the chance to purchase cheap tickets a week before general on sale, as a thank you for their support.


29.Sept.11The Zoo, BRISBANEQLD
30.Sept.11The Zoo, BRISBANEQLD
06.Oct.11The Fly By Night Club, FREMANTLEWA
07.Oct.11Metropolis Fremantle, FREMANTLEWA
09.Oct.11Rosemount Hotel, NORTH PERTHWA

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