The Cat Empire and Xavier Rudd, Red Devil Park, Byron Bay, February 2, 2017.
The Cat Empire and Xavier Rudd, Red Devil Park, Byron Bay, February 2, 2017. Alina Rylko

Nothing but 'super good vibes'

BALMY weather, upbeat crowds and flawless performances by The Cat Empire and Xavier Rudd were enjoyed by 3,500 revellers at Byron Bay on Saturday night.

Along with HARTS, Ocean Alley and Sahara Beck, the mini music festival was held under the stars at Red Devils Park.

It was the first time The Cat Empire and Rudd toured together, taking in the North Coast with concerts at Hobart, Ballarat, Queensland and Adelaide locations.

As the final act, The Cat Empire's genre-bending style didn't fail to bring their devoted crowd alive.

Fans belted out choruses of the virtuoso's signature Cuban and jazz orchestral compositions; backed by a powerful brass section.

Earlier, adept multi-instrumentalist Xavier Rudd enthralled with his unmistakeable tone and gritty guitar blues.

Rudd's performance was uplifted with passages of didgeridoo song.

Claudia Piggott, 20, of Kyogle, was front row of the pit for The Cat Empire.

"I've wanted to see them live forever," she said.

Elke Jansen, 20, of Lismore, said the festival was relaxed.

"This festival is chilled out and has a super good vibe for everyone."

 



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