SPACIFIC NEWS #28: Contents

1. The Coronet :: Katchafire
2. Dingwalls :: Dave Dobbyn
3. Neighbourhood :: Betchadupa + Flow
4. Neighbourhood :: Batucada Sound Machine
5. Cargo :: 5th Birthday!
6. KOKO :: The Black Seeds
7. CDs @ Flat White
8. Selected Highlights This Month
9. Cocktail Of The Month :: Purity


Katchafire are undoubtably one of the most popular reggae bands in the South Pacific region. Their debut albums, Revival and Slow Burning, have both sold over 40,000 copies back home and have recently been picked up by reggae fans in Hawaii and on the west coast of America, taking them to the top of the charts there.

Their latest project is a collection of remixes, featuring versions by The Mad Professor, Pitch Black, Chong Nee and many more. That CD, Homegrown Dub, will be available on the night, as will a selection of tour T-Shirts. Spinning classic reggae tunes before and after will be DJ Killamanraro.

The Coronet is a wonderfully refurbished old theatre right at the heart of Elephant and Castle, and thankfully about 2 minutes walk from the tube station. Not only does the tube run until 12.15 on both Bakerloo and Northern Lines, but there are night buses from just outside the venue that go all over London.

Please note the band will go onstage at 9pm and are likely to play until 11.45pm.

Advance tickets: £12 +b/f from Ticketweb (08700 600 100 or or Flat White (see below).
Door price: £15

From 7.30pm til 12.30am
At: The Coronet, 28 New Kent Rd, SE1 6TJ
Nearest tube: Elephant and Castle


In a recent poll by Telecom to find New Zealander’s top 50 favourite tunes of all time, 7 of the finalists were by Dave Dobbyn. Tracks such as “Loyal”, “Slice of Heaven” and Bliss” have burnt themselves into the nation’s psyche over the years, and earned him the worthy accolade of “legend”!

He will be playing an intimate show at Camden’s famous Dingwalls club, with support from Lucid 3’s Victoria Girling-Butcher. Apart from his appearance at the Toast festival, this is his only scheduled UK performance this year, and is thanks to the support of TNT magazine.

Advance tickets: £15 +b/f from Ticketweb (08700 600 100 or
Door price: £20

From 7.30pm til 12.30am (Onstage c9pm)
At: Dingwalls, Middle Yard, Camden Lock, NW1 8AB
Nearest tubes: Camden Town or Chalk Farm


Auckland rockers Betchadupa have been toiling away in London on their third album, which is shaping up to be a belter: check out their latest song “The Money” at – it rocks!

They will be supported on the night by acoustic rockers, Flow, who despite forming only last year have built a loyal army of fans who seem to follow them to all their shows. You can check them out at

Door price: £5

From 8pm til 12.30am
At: Neighbourhood, 12 Acklam Road, London W10 5QZ
Nearest tubes: Westbourne Park or Ladbroke Grove


Auckland based BSM, have built an unbeatable reputation for their wickedly high-octane brew of Latino groove, Brazilian beats and raw hip hop. They are over this side of the world to play at the Womad and The Big Green Gathering festivals, as well as playing every night for two weeks at the Edinburgh festival. You can check them out at, or just come on down for a boogie!

Door price: £5

From 8pm til 12.30am
At: Neighbourhood, 12 Acklam Road, London W10 5QZ
Nearest tubes: Westbourne Park or Ladbroke Grove

Amazingly enough this date marks the 5th anniversary of our first ever shows: Thursday 23rd August 2001 saw Pitch Black and Max Maxwell playing live, and FreQ Nasty and Automattic DJing at a very hot, sweaty and crammed Cargo, followed by a free after hours house session at nearby Plastic People, with the help of Phully and Dean Webb. If you had told us then that we would still be doing this now, we would all have laughed but ……….

Our headliner for this event has disappeared on us, so we still aren’t sure what exactly is going to happen on the night yet, but hope to pull something fun and funky out the hat! More info soon.

KOKO :: THE BLACK SEEDS :: 04/09/06

The Seeds return to celebrate their brand new album, “Into the Dojo”. More info next month.

Tickets: £13 from Ticketweb (08700 600 100 or


“New” title instore this month is Fat Freddy’s Drop’s re-released masterpiece, “Live at the Matterhorn” for the bargain price of £10.
Flat White is at 17 Berwick Street, W1F 0PT and is now open every day.


07. Concord Dawn @ Renegade Hardware // Ministry of Sound, 103 Gaunt St, SE1 // 10-5 // £10
15. Mark de Clive Lowe @ FreeSoul Sessions // Jazz café, Parkway, NW1 // 11-2 // £8
30. Breaks Co-Op @ Sundae // Clapham Common, SW4 // 12-8 // £5

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Ingredients: 75mls 42 Below Pure Vodka
Glass: Frozen Martini
Method: Stir Vodka on ice until chilled. Serve.

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