Australia’s genre-bending music icons The Cat Empire have announced a show in the South West next year, the massive one-night-only to be supported by some of the region’s best musical products. Teaming up with one of the region’s newest watering holes Froth Craft, the Empire will headline a massive night of music in Bunbury, as part of the Bunbury Show celebrations that will feature local breakout acts Abbey May and the Great Gable, alongside WA’s queen of Afrobeat, Grace Barbe. The concert will be co-hosted by Froth Craft Bunbrewery and held at the Bunbury Trotting Club on April 21, the night before the Bunbury Show begins. Froth Bunbrewery director Pete Firth was especially looking forward to the line-up, having tried for years to book the Empire at the company’s Exmouth location. “I’ve been trying to book them (the Cat Empire) for our annual concert in Federation Park in Exmouth for some years now, but the rare opportunity to host them in Bunbury came serendipitously out of the blue and we quickly went hunting for a suitable venue,” Mr Firth said. “The Bunbury Show had already caught on to The Bunbury Trotting Club’s potential by moving their event there. . . and the venue is indeed ideal.” Mr Firth said he hoped the gig could open the door to bringing other high-profile musical acts to Bunbury that are usually be hosted in Busselton or further afield. “From Froth’s perspective, we’re stoked for the opportunity, so early in our Bunbury tenure, to collaborate with The Bunbury Show and co-present our first large scale event in the south-west featuring such an epic line-up,” he said. Bunbury Show co-ordinator Fiona Hinds said the Bunbury Show crew didn’t take long to get on board with the idea. “While the free-entry Bunbury Show on Saturday, April 22 will continue our traditional showcase of regional community-active people and organisations, the chance to get out on the Friday night before and enjoy some real Bunbury hospitality to the special rhythms of The Cat Empire and this incredible line-up is one we hope all of Bunbury will get on board with,” she said. “And it’s also a great opportunity for Bunbury entertainment production professionals and crews to put on such a massive show at home.” The event will also feature diverse bars serving local craft beers, ciders, spirits, wines, and local food trucks serving up the best South West produce. Tickets go on sale at 9am on Friday from Humanitix. Futher event information can be found at bunburyshow.com.au.