Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Get Read to Dance, Cry with Cat Empire; Bluesfest-Bound Band Finds Soulful Fans in Transylvania

Newspaper article Tweed Daily News (Tweed Heads, Australia)

Get Read to Dance, Cry with Cat Empire; Bluesfest-Bound Band Finds Soulful Fans in Transylvania

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Byline: Javier Encalada

THE Cat Empire's music is an invitation to dance, a party-starter mix of ska, jazz and gypsy sounds that shares the joie de vivre like no other band, right?

Certainly that's what we're expecting when they play Bluesfest 2016.

But that's not what they are best known for in Europe. Particularly not in Transylvania, where they recently performed at the Electric Castle Festival in the Romanian region of Transylvania as part of their latest tour.

Over in the old continent, they like their Cat Empire's music melancholic and - who knew? - the band is good at that too.

Frontman Felix Riebl explained they were invited to the summer Transylvanian festival because one of their songs hit the charts in Romania.

"They fell in love (in Romania) with a very quiet song called The Lost Song - in particular a rare version of this song that was on a DVD. For some reason they really love it," he said.

"The first time we went to Romania they told us there is a beach there where they play that song every second morning at sunrise. …

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