SPACIFIC NEWS #101: Contents

1. The Garage :: Katchafire
2. O2 Empire :: The Black Seeds
3. Audioculture
4. Selected highlights this month


Katchafire have come a long way from their humble beginnings in 1997 as a covers band with a name inspired by The Wailers’ debut album “Catch a Fire”, to their current status as troubadours of the Pacific spirit and international ambassadors of Aotearoa reggae. Along the way they have had numerous successes, including a double platinum debut album “Revival”, 2003’s highest selling single ‘Giddy Up’ and platinum follow up albums “Slow Burning”, “Say What You’re Thinking” and “On The Road Again”.

Not content with being ‘World Famous in New Zealand’ however, they have spent the last 5 years building a fanbase in Hawaii and across the west coast of the United States, and have made themselves part of the staple diet in the Californian reggae scene.

2013 sees their first European release, a collection of their greatest tracks to date entitled “Best So Far”, which is coming out on June 17th via the legendary Jamaican label Greensleeves, and to celebrate the boys are over for a very quick tour.

A limited number of tickets are left available for this show, and can be bought 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

For the last 15 years, The Black Seeds have been rocking dancefloors across the globe with their Wellington flavoured, soul charged reggae sounds. Along the way they have released 5 albums, toured the world too many times to count, and been hailed by Rolling Stone magazine as ‘the best reggae band on the planet right now’.

They return to London next month for their only show in the capital this year. Advance tickets are £14.50 +b/f from (08444 771 000) or it will be £20 on the door.

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


Audioculture is a new project that aims to tell the stories of New Zealand through it’s musical history, from the first recording made in New Zealand in the 1920s through to the international success of modern Kiwi music stars. Site users can read about the people, labels and scenes of the Kiwi music scene, listen to music (via Spotify), watch music videos (via NZ On Screen), view images (photographs, posters, hand-written song lyrics and more), and browse discographies (via the Discogs website). Music lovers can also search AudioCulture content and share it with their social media friends. For more info, check


21 Spektrum // Hackney Attics, 270 Mare St, E8 1HE // 8-11 // £5
25 Fat Freddy’s Drop // Rough Trade East, 91 Brick Lane, E1 6QL // 7+ // FREE
28 The Upbeats // Fabric, 77a Charterhouse St, EC1M 6HJ // 11-7 // £12/18

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