SPACIFIC NEWS #40: Contents

1. The Coronet :: Katchafire
2. Mean Fiddler :: The Black Seeds
3. Big Chill Bar :: Bobby Brazuka
4. Cargo :: Pitch Black
5. The Best Flat White in London :: Update
6. The Black Seeds :: Competition
7. Selected Highlights This Month
8. Cocktail Of The Month :: Manuka Blaza


Ever since their debut single “Giddy Up” dropped back in 2003, Katchafire have gone from strength to strength, with both “Slow Burning” and “Revival” selling over 30,000 copies each in New Zealand and 10,000 in Hawaii, of all places!

Their third and latest album is due for release very soon, but unfortunately they won’t be bringing any copies over with them this time  However they are sure to be playing some of the new tracks at this gig.

The band have earned the well deserved title of hardest working band in NZ due to their relentless touring schedule – no pub is too small, no town too far away for the brothers of the fire to grace with their skanking rhythms and fat basslines. Their 2+ hour sets incorporate all their hits as well as many reggae classics by Bob Marley and others.

DJs on the night will be Heavy J from the Special Needs collective and the incomparable Nick Lloyd.

Advance tickets: £12.50 +b/f from (08700 600 100) or
Door price: £15

From 7.30pm til 1am (possibly later)
Onstage: 9pm
At: The Coronet, 28 New Kent Rd, SE1 6TJ
Nearest tube: Elephant and Castle
Venue website:


The Seeds are riding on a high at the moment – as outlined below they finally have a European record deal, and things are going off across the Tasman for them too. This will be their only London show other than Toast Festival, and given its mid town location, is guaranteed to be a sell out.

A great new video to “The Answer” has been posted on their myspace page – check for more.

Advance tickets: £12.50 +b/f from (0870 264 3333) or
Door price: £16

From 7pm til 11pm
At: The Mean Fiddler,
Nearest tube: 165 Charing Cross Road, WC2 0EN
Venue website:


Formerly of Ponsonby Rd institution Santos, now working out of hip record store, coffee shop and clothing emporium Conch, Bobby Brazuka has been blazing Brazilified beats in Auckland for many years now. Over these ways for a well deserved holiday, his set will hopefully coincide with some well needed sunshine! For more on Bobby, check

From: 7pm til 12am
On: Dray Walk, just off Brick Lane, London E1 6QL
Nearest tubes: Liverpool Street or Aldgate East

CARGO :: PITCH BLACK :: 30/08/07

Electro dub pioneers Pitch Black are back with a new album and a new live show. Years of touring the world have toned the PB audiovisual show into something world class, and they are taking it eastside this year to test out Cargo’s new bassbins!

Having played their inaugural show at 1997’s Gathering Festival, Pitch Black have released 3 albums of dub drenched beats and pieces to a growing national and international fanbase. On September 24th they release the next installment, “Rude Mechanicals” featuring 9 new tracks.

They have recently posted a live track recorded in Tokyo on their website: go to to download it.

Advance tickets: £8 from Ticketweb (08700 600 100) or

From 7pm til 1am
On: 83 Rivington Street, EC2A 3AY
Nearest tubes: Liverpool Street or Old Street


We had hoped to announce the winners this month, but we are still waiting for some of our reporters to get back to us with their findings, so ….. it looks like it might be August now.

If the reports we have had in so far are anything to go by, the results are going to be very interesting, and we look forward to your feedback on them. One thing is for sure though – there are a lot more places to get a flat white in London then we previously imagined, which can only be a good thing!


It’s like London buses round here at the moment – we hadn’t run any competitions before and suddenly we get 3 offers at once!

This month those cheeky Seeds have given us 5 signed copies of their new album to give away. Although “Into the Dojo” came out in NZ last year, it hasn’t graced Europe yet, but thankfully the wonderful people behind Germany’s cult Sonar Kollektiv label have decided it is worthy of a release, with a few extra tracks.

To win your copy, please email and tell us the name of first Black Seeds album.


12. International Observer // Big Chill House, Pentonville Rd, N1 9NL // 7-1 // FREE
21. Greg Johnson @ Toast // Fulham Palace Gardens, SW6 // 11-6 // £35
25. The Checks // 100 Club, Oxford St, WC1 // 7-1 // £5

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