QSO and The Cat Empire collide for an electric evening of musical exuberance

Hello, hello, Brisbane! Queensland Symphony Orchestra (QSO) joins forces with legendary Australian jazz-funk band The Cat Empire for one night only!

Thursday 19 September at the Fortitude Music Hall, The Cat Empire – already known for their eight-member band and magical melding of music genres – are adding another element to the mix: an entire orchestra! Heading to Brisbane during Brisbane Festival, as part of their national symphonic tour, The Cat Empire are set to perform a mix of adored hits and new material, all arranged to incorporate the raw power of a live symphony orchestra!

Queensland Symphony Orchestra eagerly embrace this exciting collaboration with The Cat Empire, having already enjoyed sharing the stage with other iconic artists including Birds of Tokyo, Ed Kuepper (The Saints), Ben Folds and Evanescence. Adored Australian Conductor Vanessa Scammel will lead the Orchestra as they perform stirring orchestral arrangements by Roscoe James Irwin (The Cat Empire, The Bamboos, Vance Joy, Angus and Julia Stone), all in a live concert experience! Fans can expect epic arrangements of hits such as Days Like These, How to Explain, Hello and much, much more!

Building on a two-decades-long legacy of two number-one albums, six top ten albums and twelve ARIA nominations, The Cat Empire are eager for their return to the Australian tour circuit. Lead singer Felix Riebl and keyboardist Ollie McGill are the driving forces behind the band’s fresh future, recently welcoming bassist Grace Barbe, drummer Daniel Farrugia and percussionist Neda Rahmani into the Empire.

With several beloved hits spread across the early 2000s, The Cat Empire have been enchanting audiences (and their dancing shoes) since 1999. The Empire was then CATapulted into Australian households in 2003 with Hello, released as the lead single from their triple platinum album, The Cat Empire.

New influences and band members will see The Cat Empire embrace the vibrant worlds of Afro-Cuban, Seychellois Kreol, Brazilian and world-class flamenco artists Richard TedescoJohnny Tedesco and Chantelle Cano. Combined with Riebl’s distinctive musical style, The Cat Empire creates a sound that is truly international while remaining true to the band’s unique place in the Australian musical landscape.

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With sold-out shows in Sydney and Melbourne, The Cat Empire’s symphonic tour has already captured the attention of Aussies eager to groove out to the band’s infectiously joyful and euphoric sound. Selected to feature in this year’s Brisbane Festival lineup, tickets will be like catnip to fans of both The Cat Empire and Queensland Symphony Orchestra, so make sure to book NOW!

 Tickets at

Thursday 19 September, Fortitude Music Hall.  

This is an all-ages event at The Fortitude Music Hall. This is a general audience standing venue only so make sure to break out your dancing shoes for this electrifying fusion of music styles.

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