Katchafire, the band.

The Katchafire crew are back in the ’hood.


Kiwi band of brothers and sons, Katchafire, have had a huge 12 months on the road touring Australia and the US. But although world domination is definitely on their 2019 to-do list, it’s clear they love heading home.

“It’s always the best coming home from long stints overseas – you can’t beat it,” says lead singer Logan Bell.

Katchafire will play at Mount Park on January 3 and at Tauranga’s One Love Festival – and they’ll be bringing the whanau with them. “Touring really is a family thing,” says Logan. “Any chance we get, we take our kids. They love coming to the shows and kicking backstage together.”

Returning to the Bay of Plenty is particularly special for this band. They have family and friends here, and drummer Jordan Bell has enjoyed a beer or two with UNO publisher
Mat Tomlinson at previous One Love festivals. Eating “all the kaimoana” also ranks highly on their Bay of Plenty itinerary.

“I think New Zealand has a really bright musical future,” says Logan. “I like te reo being more widely used and accepted.Indeed: heavy metal band Alien Weaponry sing in both te reo Māori and English, and their album went straight to number one on the New Zealand Music Chart in June. New Zealand Music Award winner Teeks speaks fluent te reo, and even Disney is on board, releasing a te reo version of the animated film Moana.

Katchafire will soon head into the studio to work on their sixth album. All going well, they may end up with a Grammy nomination, having made it into the nomination ballot for their album Legacy. In their typical laid-back style, Logan says they didn’t really know what that meant until they did some research and realised it was a huge deal. How did they celebrate? “We had a few lemonades.”

What: One Love Festival
When: January 27
Where: Tauranga Domain