Xavier Rudd follows the sun to success
LOCAL musician Xavier Rudd and The Cat Empire will offer a series of concert events in non-traditional outdoor venues in Hobart, Ballarat, Byron Bay, Sandstone Point, Adelaide and Wollongong.
The Byron gig will see The Cat Empire and Xavier Rudd back to a venue they played at many years before: Red Devil Park.
The one-day music festival will include shows by Sunshine Coast songstress Sahara Beck and psychedelic reggae fusion band Ocean Alley, plus Triple J favourite rock guitarist and musician Harts.
Seating at a cafe in the Byron Shire, Rudd admitted being home is a rare occasion for him after long successful tour in Europe and the US in the last couple of years.
Rudd has become a known name at music festivals and has toured with artists such as Jack Johnson, Dave Matthews, Ben Harper, and Rodrigo y Gabriela.
With 2017 marking 15 years since the release of his first album, To Let, Rudd said the event will start up a big year for him.
"I play mostly overseas these days, specially in Europe, which is a great market for me, I spend most of my time there these days," he said.
"I have America at the tale end of it, and then back home for some recording."
Rudd said the upcoming Byron show is, at the same time, promoting his new album and a retrospective of his music career.
"We are bringing out a a double live album in March, which was recorded live in The Netherlands, and unintentionally it ended up being a bit of a retrospective, including some old and some new stuff.
"The shows in Australia will be similar."
Rudd said his show will feature three people on stage, including him, and it will be one to entice people to dance and have fun, with the chance of playing some brand new music.
"I have a really groovy rhythm section, so even if it's a mellower song, we can make it fun," he added.
"There will be stuff from the live album and maybe some new stuff even, because I'm going to record a new album this year.
Rudd admitted he does not plan live shows.
"I don't plan the shows too much, I've been doing this for a long time and, on stage, I can feel people's energy on the night," he said.
- At Red Devil Park, Byron Bay, on Saturday, February 4, from 3pm. General admission $101.77. Premium $162.94. Junior (2-17 years) $70.78. All ages. Bookings from ticketmaster.com.au.
- Gates open 3pm.
- Sahara Beck: 3.30pm
- Ocean Alley: 4.20pm
- Harts: 5.25pm
- Xavier Rudd: 6.40pm
- The Cat Empire: 8.25pm
- Curfew at 10pm