21 February 2107
Reviewed by Rosemary Knight
I have been a huge fan of Pink Floyd for over forty years, having seen them perform live at Bingley Hall, Stafford in 1977, so I was intrigued at the idea of seeing ‘the world’s greatest tribute show’, wondering if Brit Floyd could actually live up to the hype. I realise that I will probably never have the opportunity to see Pink Floyd play again, so I was really excited to have the chance to see this show, hoping it would live up to my expectations.
Brit Floyd came onto stage at the 1,700 seater Lyric Theatre at The Lowry to rapturous applause from a packed out audience, playing in front of a circular screen which flashed old photographs corresponding to the numbers being played. Lights and lasers flashed throughout, illuminating the theatre and giving us the feeling of being at an actual Pink Floyd gig. There were so many highlights of this show, it hard to pick just one. When singer Angela Cervantes powerfully belted out her solo from ‘Dark Side of the Moon’, she deservedly received a standing ovation from the entire crowd. She was absolutely note perfect and sent shivers down my spine. When Brit Floyd played ‘Shine on you Crazy Diamond’, old photos of Syd Barrett, looking so young and charismatic, played on the huge screen behind. The band played many numbers, including songs ‘One of These Days’, ‘Welcome to the Machine’, ‘Money’, ‘Another Brick in the Wall’, ‘Us and Them’ and ‘Dogs’, with the year they originated from on flashed on the screen. The show lasted a full three hours and I could have stayed and watched this incredible performance for even longer. The final encore of ‘Run Like Hell’ had everyone on their feet, cheering and wanting more.
Musical director, guitarist and singer, Damian Darlington has done an amazing job in recreating the entire Pink Floyd experience. To call Brit Floyd just a ‘tribute band’ is doing them an injustice as they are so much better than that. They are an extremely talented group of musicians who emulate the sound of Pink Floyd in a way I could never have believed possible. For any fans of Floyd, this is a must-see show – I am still overawed at how brilliant the entire performance was.
Rating a massive 5 out of 5. (I would give it even more if I could).
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The Lowry, Pier 8, Salford Quays, Manchester, M50 3AZ | 0843 208 6000