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TOYAH, The Assembly, Leamington
was a real trip back to the 80's with headliner Toyah's set including
the majority of her huge hit album Anthem first released in 1981(this
being the year of its 30th anniversary) and in a value for money bill
she had three support acts two of which would have been right at home in
impressive solo artist Andi Fraggs with a set of electronic music
at times in the style of Depeche Mode, the accompanying video footage
used on the stage screen worked perfectly and really set the mood,
cleverly the characters on the screen mouthed Andi's singing perfectly.
He made countless costume changers and really put a lot of effort into
his show performing amongst others his latest single 'Beautiful Feeling'
and a well chosen cover of Kate Bush's 'Wow'.
of genre next with a lively set from four piece band Girls That
Scream, a band with plenty of attitude who really got the crowd
behind them, they mix glam and indie rock with various styles of music
including electronic and dance which for me gives the band quite a
Next to take the stage
Mechanical Cabaret, a two piece band in the vein
of Soft Cell but with a heavy Gothic element, this band again used the
on stage screen to great effect, in a theatrical set vocalist Roi
Robertson often crawled and prowled the stage and even draped himself
over the edge to interact with the front row at times, the other half of
the duo on synthesisers was Steve Bellamy.
The band's lyrics were quite risque and hard hitting and numbers
performed included 'See Her Smile' and 'Disbehave', this set kept the
evenings 80's vibe intact.
Making her entrance in one of her spectacular Egyptian style Anthem era
stage costumes, Toyah with immense energy danced, bounced and rocked
through a set full of hits and album tracks including most of her
classic album Anthem.
was a sparkling 'Good Morning Universe' followed by rocker 'War Boys'
with its thundering tribal drumming, the pop magic of 'Bird in Flight'
and then one of her all time anthems 'Thunder in the Mountians'.
stopping for breath, except for her two costume changes Toyah and her
band kept up an incredible pace and other highlights included her 1987
cover version of the Martha and the Muffins smash hit 'Echo Beach', and
two Anthem album tracks the sci-fi styled 'Jungles of Jupiter' and a
pumped up 'Demolition Men'.
biggest hits of course went down an absolute storm with 'It's a Mystery'
making an early appearance and 'I want To Be Free' closing the main set.
included her fun version of 'These Boots are made For Walking' which
Toyah told the audience was widely used around the world during the last
football world cup and the punky 'Obsolete'.
show by a real entertainer who gives everything on the stage, dancing
and spinning around at every opportunity and still in excellent voice,
it was a perfect mix of well known hits, album tracks and a few
rarities, she also threw in a few stories and has a top band backing
her, the guitar work especially was outstanding.