Over the weekend the stage of the Hi-Fi Bar was graced by two amazing performers, The Cat Empire and The Flap. It’s hard to fully comprehend the overall atmosphere of the night, and words fail to describe the beauty and soul that the two bands brought to the stage, but I will try my best. The night started with The Flap a five piece band consisting of a trumpet, a trombone, bass, drums and my personal favourite instrument of the night, a banjo-ukulele. Yes, it’s exactly what it sounds like, a banjo crossed with a ukulele. The Flap did a fantastic job opening the show and were able to get the crowd grooving and pumped up before The Cat Empire took the stage.
The Cat Empire entered the stage to a roar of excitement from the audience and what followed was unbelievable. The crowd didn’t stop moving throughout the entire show. They had everyone captivated and connected from the minute their first song started right up until the end of the encore. Their music connected with the audience on levels I have never experienced before, there was almost a spiritual element to the performance. They were truly masters of their instruments, this was demonstrated time and time again as the night progressed. They were able to connect with all types of people no matter their age, gender, job, income, or any other defining features we give other people. The Cat Empire was about music and enjoying life, they showed the audience the true power of music. It was an unmissable event, but for those of you who were unable to attend this concert there is still hope! The Cat Empire plan to return to Brisbane in September and The Flap will be returning to the Beetle Bar in June. The Cat Empire will also be releasing a brand new album called Steal The Light, which will be released on the 17th of May and after hearing them play some of their new songs I can tell it will be a fantastic album.