LIVE REVIEW: Go West and Nik Kershaw

WORTH A LOOK?: ****

WHERE: Indigo2

WHEN: 23/12

SETLIST: Everybody Wants To Rule The World; Wide Boy; Don Quixote; Wings; Call Me; Faithful; The One and Only; Crazy; Dancing Girls; When a Heart Beats; The Riddle; I Want to Hear It From You; Don’t Look Down; Black and Gold; Would I Lie To You?; Wouldn’t It Be Good; We Close Our Eyes; I Won’t Let The Sun Go Down On Me; King of Wishful Thinking; Sex On Fire.

We email the Indigo2 in advance of this gig to find out when the support act’s on because we don’t want to miss them, whether they’re Go West or Nik Kershaw.

  • Read on for reasons including why George Michael’s death means we should cherish our 80s icons

The rather baffling response is that the show starts at 8 and has an 11pm curfew. ‘Yes, but who’s on first’, we think to ourselves. Dead on 8pm and the answer is clear. Both. (see below). And they’re singing a big Tears For Fears hit. Obvs.

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We’re writing this review several days later as the death of another 80s icon dominates the news channels. We weren’t having a particularly memorable Christmas when we went to this gig but it helped turn the season around for us. Now, more than ever perhaps, we should be cherishing our 80s heroes and holding them close.

During this two hours-plus gig Go West (Peter Cox and Richard Drummie) and Nik Kershaw share the same band and take it in turns to play their greatest hits as well as throwing in some inspired covers. Wings by Birdy, Black and Gold by Sam Sparro, Would I Lie To You by the Eurythmics or Sex On Fire by Kings of Leon anyone?

We saw Paul Simon and Sting perform a similar tag teaming effort at The 02 to equal success in April 2015 and so take to Twitter to inform our heroes after the gig.

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We’ve visited the Rewind festival in Henley-on-Thames, Oxfordshire, a couple of times and while it’s fun to see an 80s turn perform only the hits they’re best known for, we much prefer an extended set like this. Go West and Nik Kershaw’s big hits really work in this setting and are enhanced by some choice covers.

Don’t miss a chance to see your 80s heroes and never fail to let them know how much they are loved.

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