Flash, Bang, Wallop What A Night Out..
GrandMaster Flash Wakes Up Worthing.
“So yeah this hip-hoppy thing, a bit of a flash in the pan type fad is it?” said millions of parents in the early 80’s.
So, if you imagine your average Sunday night in Worthing, you wouldn’t think of 800 people heading for the Pavilion to dance their sweaty socks off to one of the founding fathers of Hip-Hop some 40 years later, would you eh? – But that’s exactly what happened a couple of weeks ago.
Babysitters coined it in, chaps and ladies got on their good foot and got down to a supremely brilliant mixed up musical medley in the beautiful surrounding of Worthing Pier. But it wasn’t just an old timer’s night out; these hip young cats rocked up ready to rave as well.
The team at Atom, they’re the fellas that have put on the Charlatans a couple of months ago down here to a rapturous level of support? Did it again by giving the people what they want. Namely a great night out, great acts, strict no idiots allowed policy and an f”ckititmightbemondaytomorrowbutwhocarestonightletsdance mentality that has been sorely missing in Worthing for a long time.
I am blasé about it because I booked the next day off work when I heard this was happening. I knew how much my feet would ache after all the boogying I intended to do, and I was right to do so.
Grandmaster Flash, DJ Format & Susan’s Leg Policy supplied sets that had faces smiling; the bar tills ringing and the dancefloor springing.
I was used to these kinds of nights when I lived in Brighton. But being in Worthing, it was so less pretentious. All around me was a sea of happy faces, young & old shimmied and shook rather than trying to look cool and stroke their hipster beards.
The fact that people were a bit in awe, thinking –‘Flash in Worthing, really?‘ made for a very special feeling and another level of proof that if I needed any that I was right to move here in the first place.
Of course, you are never going to please all the people – there were mumbles about Flash not doing a more Hip-Hop when in fact he played a ‘wedding’ set with the Bee-Gees, Soul 2 Soul and 80’s classics.
But for me it worked, this was about Hip- Hop in the sense of peace, unity, love and having fun. More to the point, if you think you can do better, please do. If you can’t, then please do us all a favour and shut the fudge up. And I had Flash DJ’ing at my wedding, so I know just how good he is..:)
Flash knew how to rock a crowd, imagine how many thousands of time he had done that very thing and I for a time was completely and utterly lost in the music. I left the event soaked in sweat, but still buzzing ready to continue. Well, I was out; I might as well be out-out.
Sunday nights in Worthing aren’t exact flush with places to go out. Fortunately, the Wandering Goose made for the perfect setting to have a couple of beers, chatting with new friends about what we had just witnessed and a ‘Sod it’ who wants another drink?’ while the summer air wafted all around us. A perfect end to a great night.
Hands up if you love Flash!
I canny wait to get my dance-card marked to those feasts of funk. Be there or be somewhere else.