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Concert review: Australian band Cat Empire get Mosaic crowd up on its feet with feel-good tunes

Published on Mar 14, 2014 2:00 PM

Their neo-hippy outlook and mix of ska, reggae, funk, rock and jazz may not be trendy or entirely new, but Australian octet The Cat Empire sure know how to get a crowd on its feet.

The Melbourne outfit had much of the audience at their Esplanade gig - mostly expatriates under 40 - dancing, hopping and waving at their seats and in the aisles throughout their 90-minute set.

Things started innocuously enough, with the mellow intro of Steal The Light, the title track from their sixth and latest album, and frontman Felix Riebl gently singing the opening verse.

But once the horns (trumpetist/singer Harry James Angus, and sessionists Kieran Conrau and Ross Irwin), and the dancehall beat (courtesy of drummer Will Hull-Brown) kicked in, almost everyone in the house stood up and stayed up for the rest of the show.

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