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All fired up . . . Roots-reggae act Katchafire will perform at the Caroline Bay Soundshell on January 26. PHOTO: SUPPLIED

by Greta Yeoman

“Good vibes” are coming to Timaru later this month, when Katchafire and The Black Seeds headline a show at the Caroline Bay Soundshell.

The two reggae-roots bands have dominated Aotearoa’s music scene for more than two decades and will bring their summer serenades to South Canterbury on January 26.

Katchafire lead singer Logan Bell told The Courier he was looking forward to the all-ages Timaru show, which would be the second-to-last New Zealand show the band would do for the summer, before heading to the United States.

“There will be good vibes for down south.”

He said it had been a “great summer” for the band, which has played at several big New Zealand festivals including East Coast Vibes in Gisborne, Bay Dreams in both Tauranga and Nelson, a New Year’s Eve show with Kora at Auckland’s Wondergarden Festival and a show with Sticky Fingers in Napier.

“[It has been] a dope run of shows, with huge crowds and amazing energy.”

The band will play at Tauranga’s One Love festival on January 27 before jetting off overseas.

Bell said he was looking forward to coming south to play songs off the band’s fifth album, Legacy, which was released in July last year.

He said the album’s singles – including 100, Addicted, Love Today and Way Beyond – had been “performing well” at live shows, despite not “having the years” of classics like 2003’s Giddy Up

“We’ve been picking up the vibes.”

He was also looking forward to playing with Christchurch trio The Butlers in Timaru, whom he met at a show in Napier last month, after the trio were late additions to the line-up.

“They are good boys.”

Bell joked that playing shows in the US and other places overseas made them feel more of an internationally popular band, rather than just a local New Zealand band with local connections.

“Everyone’s an uncle or brother or cuzzy over here.”

But whether or not Katchafire have family in the crowd come January 26, the band is more than ready to play to a Timaru crowd.

“We are charged up.”

Katchafire, The Black Seeds, The Butlers and others will perform at the Caroline Bay Soundshell on January 26. The show is now an all-ages event. Tickets cost $79 for adults, $39 for children aged 3-13 and free for 2-year-olds and under.