Talk of the Town / Rob Cast – The Factory Live, Worthing, 15 July 2022.
Ok. What to do?? Jump on a sweltering hot train, drive into Brighton on a hot n sticky Friday night OR drop into the Factory Live in Worthing – just round the corner! No contest – Factory Live – here we come! What is going down tonight? A fairly large crowd of folk were gathered outside enjoying a pint in the garden area in the sunshine, the on-site burger van was doing a roaring trade serving burgers and snacks. Next time put me down for one!!
It turned out to be a free night of live music by an 80’s cover band Talk of the Town and Americana guitar player and singer Rob Cast. No tickets required – a result!
Talk Of The Town
They are an 80’s Covers Band “playing the best music from the decade that brought you neon leg warmers, over-sized shoulder pads, and the Walkman”.
Rob Cast had lowered the temperature; it was kinda cool to be hanging out after that set. The Talk Of The Town hit the stage. Five musicians took their places, vocals, guitar, bass, keys and drums.
The smoke chugged from the machine as the guys opened their set with Bette Davis Eyes. Opening with a whirl from the keys, drums and then bass and guitars as Charrise took her position and delivered her vocals. I am sure I have seen Charrise before, maybe as a single singer somewhere. She suited being part of Talk Of The Town, a perfect mix and sounded great.
These guys know they are a covers band and don’t try to disguise the fact. These guys were top musicians and maybe a class above many of these similar type outfits. The bass was smooth and silky, the drums were just fabulous as were the keys. And powering it all along was some fine guitar work.
Brass In Pocket and Manic Monday were up next. It sounded really good, I wasn’t expecting it to be that good. They surprised me in a good way. We had Billie Jean, some damn fine bass playing there, and even a song for Rocky fans with Eye Of The Tiger.
Two unusual songs from a covers band included the perfectly delivered Sweet Dreams Are Made Of This and Everybody Wants to Rule The World. A set highlight was a blistering version of Heaven Is A Place On Earth as this was fired up and fuzzed up with some great guitar playing. Madonna had a couple of her songs in the set and also the Kim Wilde classic Kids In America. Set one ended on a slower note with Against All Odds.
After a twenty minute break, allowing the audience to sip another cold one as the sun was setting, the opening for I’m Coming Out drew everyone back inside. These guys had really entertained us during set one. Could they do it with Set 2? Of course they can. Blondies Maria was in the set and got everyone dancing. Again the band really shone for that track.
Talk Of The Town is a 5 piece 80’s party band. They are based in West Sussex and as they were proving tonight they play an awesome set of classic hits from the decade of synthesizers, Game Boy and the Rubik’s Cube! The band attire included an 80’s Wham T shirt and headband and a Queen Flash T shirt. Some good 80’s gear also being worn by the crowd.
These guys are really versatile in what they do, 100% professional and full of energy, Talk Of The Town has a great sound, a fantastic new female lead vocal with the guys supplying the backing harmonies and hilarious banter.
Dancing On The Ceiling, Don’t You Forget About Me and 99 Red Balloons came at us thick and fast. As Charisse introduced one for the girls with Mickey, the Toni Basil classic. Great fun as everyone joined in with that and much dancing and chanting was witnessed.
Another cracker delivered on point was the Erasure class tune A Little Respect and that led us into Don’t Stop Me Now and finally a Town Called Malice. A guest guitarist joined the guys on stage adding another thumping layer of guitar goodness!
Closing the set was Spandau Ballets True. The guys left the stage, the crowd wanted more and so they looked a bit overwhelmed with the well deserved reception they keys opened up Girls Just Wanna Have Fun. And that was it. Some 90 wonderful minutes in the heat, some 28 banging tunes.
If you need a covers band for a wedding or party etc. then these guys are highly recommended. They are talented professional musicians who gave us a great night of live entertainment.
Well played Talk Of The Town. You came, you played, you entertained and no doubt you were the talk of Worthing tonight.
Talk Of The Town are on Facebook here.
Rob Cast was the opening act tonight.
The sizeable crowd grew in numbers as Rob started his set. I always admire any musician who gets up, goes onto a stage with only a guitar to perform with. No bandmates, just you and a spotlight. Amazing.
Rob set about on his performance, it was perfect delivered and engaging. It was chilled and so laid back. On a hot summer night, a cold beer, what more could anyone ask for? The rich tones from the guitar filling the venue along with Robs superlative vocal work. He made it look effortless.
We were offered a fine selection of self-penned titles and a cover of a friends song. The simple but effective lighting helped to build the atmosphere and actually enhance the songs in his set.
Half way through a song Rob had a misfire – I blame the heat, after a couple of false starts, he couldn’t finish the song and said he was going to leave it. The humour and warmth from this performer carried him through and won over his audience. He gave it another go and nailed it perfectly and the crowd cheered and applauded him for doing it.
I had the opportunity to watch this short but engaging and warm set with a friend. We both agreed that we had seen a rather special performance. The music and vocals were spot on and loved the at times dark and witty lyrics. We would both go to see him play again.
We had songs about love, summer and prostitution – that’s a mix. Rob was joined on stage for the last 3 songs of his set with a guest guitarist and together they worked to produce a fine set ending.
Rob was concentrating on what he was doing but it also came across that he was rather enjoying himself on a stage again. A musician to keep an eye out for and catch live if you can.
Rob Cast is on Facebook here.
Thanks to Talk Of The Town
Thanks to Rob Cast
Thanks to The Factory Live
The Factory Live is based in Worthing. We have been there a few times now and has became a favourite venue of ours. Great staff and a top stage area with some of the best lighting and sound mix set ups around.
A huge shout to the super team at The Factory Live. This really is a little gem of a venue and tonight the sound mix was spot on. The lighting had been upgraded since my last visit and it was wonderful to see all the band members and just the right amount of smoke! First class night guys and cheers to the brilliant security and bar staff.
The Factory Live is tucked away in Worthing. It’s a great venue. A great team running the place, the staff were approachable, friendly and helpful. The venue is pretty large and well ventilated with a nice large bar area and outside seating and tables. The venue, The Factory Live, is located at Unit 9A, Ivy Arch Road in Worthing.
The Factory Live are on the WWW here
Words and Pictures: Ian Bourn
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