Emperor Steele to breathe life into festival

HIS rule is wide and vast _ and tomorrow night Luke Steele aims to add Launceston to his electro-pop empire.  

The Empire of the Sun frontman will bring his elaborately-costumed stage show to more than 15,000 fans at the Inveresk Precinct for the 2014 Breath of Life music festival. 

Steele, of rock act The Sleepy Jackson, and Nick Littlemore, of electronic outfit Pnau, have built a global following of Empyreans since bursting onto the scene as collaborators in 2008. 

Buoyed by synth-driven successes such as Walking on a Dream, and We are the People, Empire of the Sun conquered colosseums as far away as Mexico City and Peurto Rico during four years of touring, before returning in 2013 with a follow-up album, Ice on the Dune.  

As Emperor Steele, the 34-year-old Western Australian has only set foot in Tasmania once before, headlining the 2010 Soundscape Festival in Hobart. 

He said the nature of his return will depend on the mood of the night. 

``There's always, like, a word I wait for from god, about what the show is about. You, know sort of a couple of hours before,'' he said.

``I lock in my mantra _ it might be we're playing to 100,000 kids and it's got to be electrical _ maybe it's not so crazy, and maybe you've got to change some things on stage. 

``It's a kind of show where the format is always being changed, depending on the energy.'' 

Phasing between dream-like trance and pumping electro beats, Empire of the Sun has been described as David Bowie for the EDM generation, with Cirque du Soleil backup dancers often complementing a wicked live show. 

Steele often appears in a 10-pronged metallic headdresses, with a face full of rave-ready paint. 

``Actually, I was just thinking about the last Tassie show the other day,'' he said.

``It was a real wig out.''

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WHAT: Breath of Life 2014, featuring Empire of the Sun, Public Enemy, Knife Party, Macklemore and Ryan Lewis.

WHEN: Tomorrow, music starts 11am.

WHERE: Inveresk Park, Launceston.

TICKETS: General admission costs $130. For more information, visit www.breathoflifefestival.com/

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