Monday, July 26, 2021

A tour you shouldn’t “walkaway” from! CAST Announce rescheduled ‘All Change’ 25th Anniversary Tour

Not many Britpop bands survived the 90s; from famous fallouts to band members pursuing alluring solo careers, many Britpop favourites sadly called it quits when the movement came to an end – and we’ve yet to see them since. 

But not Cast. 


Although the band split in 2001 due to lack of record sales resulting from the decline of Britpop, Cast reunited in 2010 and have been gigging ever since. 

Presently, in 2020 they announced a tour in honour of the 25th anniversary of their debut album, ‘All Change’. Unfortunately, the tour was postponed due to the pandemic, but Cast have given us something to look forward to as the re-arranged dates have been named for early 2022, with 15 shows taking place over 3 weeks, kicking off in Oxford on the 13th January. 


So, for those unaware, who exactly are Cast? 


Cast were formed in Liverpool in 1992 by ex-La’s bassist John Power. Power was growing tired of The La’s and their troubled studio sessions that failed to yield fresh material, so he shifted focus towards writing his own songs. Power named the Band “Cast” as a nod to The La’s and the final lyric on The La’s self-titled – and only – studio album. After two years of chopping and changing, the first consistent line-up came in 1994, and after supporting Oasis in the same year, the band were signed by Polydor.  


Released in July 1995, Cast’s debut single ‘Finetime’ instantly entered the UK singles chart at No. 17. The follow-up, ‘Alright’, also made good impressions, peaking at No. 13. Keeping up with this momentum, Cast released their debut album ‘All Change’ in late 1995. A Britpop classic with chantable melodies and huge choruses, it reached No.7 in the UK album charts. In total the band have released six studio albums, two of which came after their re-union in 2010. The most successful was ‘Mother Nature Calls’, a heavier album with guitar riffs taking centre stage, which reached No. 3 in the UK album charts in 1997. 


So, if you want to rediscover a Britpop gem, I recommend making this tour the first gig you book for 2022! 



Daniel Priestley 


Image: ‘All Change’ Official Album Cover (PRESS)  

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