Review: The Cat Empire, O2 Academy

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FOR a decade Australia’s Cat Empire have been making periodic forays onto British soil, wowing audiences with their unique latin-flavoured fusion of ska, funk and jazz.

But despite their regular visits to the UK, the boys from Melbourne have neglected hundreds of hard-core fans in Sheffield.

Now, on their 10th anniversary tour, the eight-piece group have finally brought their infectious, relentlessly joyful live set to their loyal fans in South Yorkshire.

“I’m sorry it’s taken us 10 years to get here,” trumpeter Harry James Angus apologised to the crowd.

There was no apology needed - the audience was won over within seconds of the opening notes, bouncing along to every chorus and wildly applauding every instrumental solo.

The group blasted through their back catalogue, the crowd singing every word of anthems Two Shoes, Hello, Days Like These and the Chariot.

Cat Empire, come back soon.

Ben Spencer