The Cat Empire
Celebrated as one of the world’s best festival bands, The Cat Empire delivers a spectacular live show, legendary for making their vast global audience dance.
This is your opportunity to gather your friends and family, and get your dancing shoes ready for their live shows around Australia this summer.
Expect The Cat Empire’s genre-embracing anthems, high-energy performance, and joyful sounds to elevate your post-COVID spirits...the perfect soundtrack to an uplifting night under the stars.
“By the time we step on to the SummerSalt stage, it will have been 12 months since we have been on tour, so you cannot imagine how excited we are to play live again with this brilliant line-up of artists” - Felix Riebl
THE TESKEY BROTHERS
It’s fair to say The Teskey Brothers have come a long way since shows in small Melbourne bars just a few years ago. The four friends from Warrandyte have seen a meteoric rise in popularity, amassing a legion of fans all around the world with their timeless recordings and stunning live shows.
The band’s debut Half Mile Harvest captured cult-like attention with it’s affectionate nod to the blues and soul of the Stax era. Then arrived 2019’s Run Home Slow, expanding the palette to include elements of southern rock, Americana, psychedelia, Dixieland jazz, gospel and a striking pop number in single ‘So Caught Up’. Both albums have been loved by millions around the world, earning The Teskey Brothers three ARIA Awards, four Music Victoria Awards, a Grammy Nomination and an appearance on the Jimmy Kimmel Show.
Onstage The Teskeys pull out all stops, conjuring a rare soulful energy and raw emotion that has fans queuing for tickets across USA, Canada, UK and Europe. Josh Teskey’s once-in-a-generation voice defying belief as the band ignites around him. In 2019, The Teskey Brothers played four nights at Melbourne’s Forum Theatre and recorded the shows to analogue tape. The resulting live album debuted at number 1 on the ARIA Album chart this year and has been described by American Songwriter magazine as “a near perfect live recording”.
The Teskey Brothers’ Bluesfest appearance in 2018 was one of their most memorable live performances to date and they are thrilled to be making a return in 2021.
John Butler (John Butler Trio)
John Butler remains one of the most successful independent artists in Australia’s history. His band, the John Butler Trio, have sold out a myriad of performances over the years in Australia and have gone on to take their music worldwide. John Butler has an impressive one million album sales to his name, has been the No. 1 most played artist on Australian radio and has numerous ARIA awards to write home about.
Having played on countless festivals across the globe, John Butler Trio are in constant demand, after developing an earnest reputation as one of the best live blues and roots acts to this day. Their recent ARIA award winning album, Flesh & Blood, was released globally in February 2014. This then took them to sold out shows in Australia, Europe & North America, then remarkably saw them play their largest ever headline ticketed show at the famous Red Rocks Amphitheatre (Colorado) in front of nearly 10,000 people. John Butler Trio continues to capture their fans and take them on an organic journey.
BOY & BEAR
2019 saw Boy & Bears triumphant return to the international touring circuit to promote the release of their album ‘Suck on Light’ which was rated by triple j’s Richard Kingsmill in his top 10 albums of the year. An acoustic album of some of their favourite tracks followed in September 2020, with the band returning to the studio to write more music for an expected release in 2021.
Celebrated for their unique sound, rich harmonies, and trademark warmth and charisma, Boy & Bear take to stages around Australia late summer delivering the musicianship and connection that their live audiences have come to love throughout their career.
“We cannot wait to be playing together again, alongside other great Australian live bands, in what will be the biggest outdoor Australian tour this summer.” - Dave Hosking.
M O N T A I G N E
The voice of the new generation, Sydney based artist Montaigne (born Jess Cerro) at only 24 has become a major name in Aussie indie music. The past few years have seen her recognised for her work with multiple spots on the triple j’s Hottest 100, an ARIA award for ‘Best Breakthrough Artist’ and a further nomination for ‘Best Female Artist’ in 2016, plus J-Award nominations. Her debut album ‘Glorious Heights’ (produced by Tony Buchen) hit the charts at #4 and her sophomore album ‘COMPLEX’ was released in 2019 to rave reviews. Singles such as ‘Ready’ gained extensive commercial radio play and propelled her even further into prominence. As Craig Mathieson of the Sydney Morning Herald put it, ‘Montaigne creates music that has a thrilling waywardness, baroque pomp and storm-the-stage energy.’
Just off her third national tour, Montaigne has played notable festivals like Splendour in the Grass, Lost Paradise, Woodford Folk Festival, Groovin the Moo, Party in the Paddock, Field Day and WOMADelaide. Having opened for international acts like Cindy Lauper and Blondie, this young performer continues to garner high praise for her stunning live presence. ‘Her performance will go down as one of the best concerts of the year, without a doubt,’ wrote The Music of her most recent Sydney show, ‘and we were lucky to bear witness to the chrysalis.’
Having just taken out the Eurovision: Australia Decides 2020 competition, Montaigne will be bringing her latest single ‘Don’t Break Me’ to represent Australia on the world stage at Rotterdam in May of next year. Her challenging and inspiring lyrics are reminiscent of the philosopher who inspired her moniker. With melodies to get lost in, and the most energetic of live performances - Montaigne represents the next generation of artists who march to the beat of their own drum.
Originally from Groote Eylandt in the Northern Territory, growing up Emily loved hearing her uncles sing, but also realised that women from her community rarely sang in public. Wanting to inspire and empower members of her community, especially young Indigenous women, to find their voice, Emily embarked on a musical journey that has touched the hearts and minds of audiences across Australia and internationally.
Emily’s debut album received an ARIA nomination and AIR award for Best Blues and Roots Album. She is a 6 times Queensland Music Award winner and has toured extensively across Australia, Canada and Ireland.