Review of Cast live at The Button Factory in Dublin on Saturday October 10th 2015: by Brendan Mc Elroy

Oct 14, 2015 No Comments by Musicscene

Remembering that it has been a solid 20 years since these fine Liverpudlians released their epic debut studio album ‘All Change‘, it’s a very rare occasion that John Power and Co. head out on tour. So, with that in mind – it was 100% expected that they would at least have a full house when they visited Dublin for their Button Factory headliner at the weekend.

Taking to the stage at approx 9pm following a decent set from Liverpool natives, Cheap Thrills, Cast took to the stage to rapturous applause as a very dark setting applied immediate crowd focus on their every move. Cutting back to basics with their famous Cast logo as a backdrop, the band opened their set with ‘Time Bomb’, a track taken from their 2012 LP ‘Troubled Times‘. Although it was not an immediate “this is gonna be an epic gig / fist-pumping” moment, the band proceeded with another track from the same album entitled ‘Not Afraid Of The World‘. Surely, John Power knew quite well that it was potentially going to be ‘All Change‘ and ‘Mother Nature Calls‘ tunes that would have the crowd in the palm of his hand… it all kicked off when ‘Tell It Like It Is‘ and ‘Promised Land‘ (both from ‘All Change‘) received an outing, thus, taking us back to the 90′s when the very same band were a headline act on stages such as Glastonbury, T In The Park and many more.

Throughout their ninety minute set – Cast literally pulled out 11 of their hit singles including the likes of ‘Sandstorm‘, ‘Free Me‘, ‘Guiding Star‘ and their mighty ballad ‘Walkaway‘, all of which made sure that their adoring fans got what they came for. However, it was the exemplary guitar playing from ‘Skin’ Tyson on ‘History‘, a drum solo from Keith and closing track ‘Alright‘ which tore the roof off The Button Factory as the crowd went absolutely mental, helping one reviewer feel what it was like to be part of the 90′s again, when no mobile phones were present at gigs.

If they ever return to Ireland – make sure you get your hands on a ticket. Well worth a punt.

Cast performed the following setlist on the night:

Time Bomb
Not Afraid Of The World
Tell It Like It Is
Promised Land
Sandstorm
Finetime
See That Girl
Baby Blue Eyes
I’m So Lonely
Flying
Guiding Star
Live The Dream
Walkaway
History

Encore:
Four Walls
Free Me
Alright

Cast are: John Power, (a heavily bearded) Liam ‘Skin’ Tyson, Keith O’Neill and Jay Lewis (replacing original bass player, Peter Wilkinson).

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