SPACIFIC NEWS #100: Contents

1. The Forum :: Six60
2. The Garage :: Katchafire
3. o2 Empire :: The Black Seeds
4. Bedroom Bar :: Sola Rosa
5. CD Sale
6. Keep in touch with NZ On Air
7. Selected highlights this month

THE FORUM :: SIX60 :: 22/05/13

True to form, the Six60 boys are close to selling out this show, with only 200 tickets left for the downstairs at time of writing. This follows on from a just completed sold out tour of Australia and last year’s 2 sell out shows at The Garage.

Advance tickets for the show are £15 +b/f from (0844 844 0444). There will be NO door sales.

From: 7pm
At: 9-17 Highgate Road, London, NW5 1JY
Nearest tube: Kentish Town
Venue website:


From their modest beginnings in the late 1990s as a Bob Marley tribute band, Katchafire have become one of New Zealand’s and the South Pacific’s most popular groups today. Not content with constantly touring NZ, they have also been making annual trips to the States for the last five years and are currently halfway through a 31 date tour there in promotion of the compilation album, “Best So Far”, released on the legendary Jamaican label, VP Records, later this month.

Tickets for this show have been going pretty fast and are available for £12 +b/f from (08444 771 000).

From: 7pm
At: 20-22 Highbury Corner, N5 1RD
Nearest tube: Highbury & Islington
Venue website:

O2 EMPIRE :: THE BLACK SEEDS :: 18/07/13

Hot on the heels of 2012’s studio release Dust and Dirt, New Zealand’s reggae-soul heavyweights The Black Seeds are set to return for another European summer.

Renowned globally for their epic live shows, last year saw the band play over 90 headline shows in 3 continents! In Europe, the Seeds played more shows than ever before, to over 13,000 fans in the month of April alone.

After the recent release of the deluxe version of Dust and Dirt, which featured re-workings from the likes of DJ Vadim and Prince Fatty, this summer’s shows promise to be the perfect follow up to 2012’s epic schedule.

Advance tickets for the show are £14.50 +b/f from (08444 771 000) or from

From: 7pm
At: Shepherd’s Bush Green, W12
Nearest tube: Shepherd’s Bush or Goldhawk Rd
Venue website:

BEDROOM BAR :: SOLA ROSA :: 19/07/13

Two years ago Sola Rosa packed out the Vibe Bar with the London debut of their soundsystem show. Now, with a brand new album out in Europe, they are bringing their full live show over for the first time.

More details on the release next month, but for now, tickets are £10 + booking fee from

*Please note that this is a late show – the band will not go onstage til 10pm*

From: 8pm
At: 62 Rivington Street, EC2A 3AY
Nearest tube: Old St, Shoreditch High St or Liverpool St
Venue website:


To celebrate both New Zealand Music Month and our 100th edition of Spacific News, we are offering a special deal on New Zealand music CDs for the whole month of May: anyone who buys a CD from our Discogs or Amazon store will get any other title of similar (or lower) value completely free.

The Amazon store is perhaps the easiest for most people to use, and can be found at Once you have placed your order, please email us at with your free CD request.

The Discogs store has more titles, but is a bit more clunky. It can be found at Please mention your free CD request when ordering (they thankfully provide a box for comments).

Please note we only have a limited number of some titles, so you may be better off buying something lesser known, and asking us for something more popular as your free CD. For example we have plenty of copies of the last Black Seeds, Minuit, Sola Rosa, Pitch Black, Kora, Ladi6 and Tiki Taane albums.


It has only recently come to our attention that the lovely people at NZ On Air have been posting their Kiwi Hit Discs up online at SoundCloud and Spotify. If you don’t know of them, the Hit Discs are what NZ On Air send out to radio stations in NZ every month, to help programmers keep up to date with what is going on in NZ music. While they are perhaps a little commercially biased, they still provide an excellent opportunity to keep in touch with what is going on back in NZ.

To check them out, please go to either or


14 Phoenix Foundation // Electric Ballroom, 184 High St, NW1 8QP // 7-11 // £14
15 Lawrence Arabia // Sebright Arms, 31 Coate St, E2 9AG // 7.30-11 // £12
21 Mel Parsons // Buffalo Bar, 259 Upper St, N1 1RU // 8-2 // £5
25 Princess Chelsea // Sebright Arms, 31 Coate St, E2 9AG // 8-12 // £8

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