Ahead of their “Legacy Tour” around the UK, US and Australia this October, we caught up with New Zealand roots reggae band Katchafire to talk about their 20th anniversary, family values and what to expect from their live set.
Firstly, congratulations on your 20th anniversary! It must be somewhat surreal?
"It really is one of the proudest achievements to date and we look forward to many more years to come - long live the fire."
The celebratory Legacy Tour includes a date at the O2 Academy Islington, which means you’re coming back to the venue for the first time since August 2016. Do you have any special memories of London or the O2 Academy Islington specifically?
"Our UK shows are always full of great vibes, a lot of homesick Kiwis and love. We're looking forward to rekindling bonds previously forged"
You’re not only playing the UK, but also the US and Australia as part of the Legacy Tour. Would you say it’s your biggest tour to date?
"It's business as usual really, we've been doing this circuit for a few years now and found there is a real solid interest in the fire worldwide. I think second to UB40, we are one of the only other reggae bands who can successfully tour in all markets."
Let’s go back to the beginning for a moment; the band started with Grenville, Logan and Jordon who are all related. Considering how long you’ve been around for, it has clearly worked really well for you, but do you think it makes it easier or harder having family ties when it comes to making band decisions?
"I think strong whanau values are key and our culture is really at the core of what we do. This principle is essentially about working as a unit for the betterment of the tribe, so for us, it has been a strength to have family - many hands make light work after all."
Your album, Slow Burning went platinum, while Revival went double platinum and you’ve also won multiple awards. What is it about Katchafire that people respond so well to?
"I think its realness in our music; our messages speak to people who need light, love and healing... and everyone loves a great sing-along."
For people who are keen to come along and watch you for the first time, what are Katchafire shows all about?
"It's about losing yourself in the music and we like to come out with positive energy to celebrate with like-minded people. Our only intention for our live shows is to make sure you have the best time possible. Hot tip: everyone knows the lyrics at our shows, so learn them if it's your first time."
Don't miss Katchafire on their "Legacy Tour" this October - grab your tickets below:
The Scholar, Leicester: Thursday 26 October - Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Sheffield: Friday 27 October - Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Oxford: Saturday 28 October - Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Bristol: Sunday 29 October - Buy Tickets
O2 Academy Islington: Monday 30 October - Buy Tickets