Thursday, June 07, 2012

Brit Floyd - St Georges Hall, Bradford, 7th June 2012


Having always been a fan of live music and grown up surrounded by avid Pink Floyd fans (which may I add, if you dared to say a wrong word about Floyd you would have been shot down in flames!), I was rather dubious about experiencing the songs played live and was aware of the fact that any tribute band would have to work hard to live up to the name of Pink Floyd.

Brit Floyd
The crowd was full of mainly middle aged men, not a boisterous crowd but one that appeared hard to please. As it transpired, far from opposite was in fact true as by the end of the first song Shine on you Crazy Diamond, with an introduction that seemed to last forever  all arms were unfolded and everyone was clapping rapturously. Moving onto Learning To Fly which was expertly executed, every second was enthralling proving that Brit Floyd live up to their self billing as "The Worlds Greatest Pink Floyd Show".


The song Pigs ended the first half of the show which was nailed with precision and passion and ended on such a high I dashed to the bar wanting the twenty minute interval to pass by quickly. I spoke to a couple of audience members who had seen the original Pink Floyd back in their heyday and they commented that if you closed your eyes you wouldn’t be able to tell the difference between the tribute and the original. This I thought was a tremendous compliment but not without cause. Having said that, nothing will ever capture the experience of going to see Pink Floyd back in their heyday, but if you submerge yourself in the visuals and allow yourself to be engulfed by the music, this show is as close as you are going to get to the real thing.

Damian Darlington
The lighting and animation thrust you into the Pink Floyd “zone” and at times I was tempted as advised to close my eyes and allow myself to be submerged by the music but at the same time, I didn’t want to miss any of the mesmerising visuals.


These visuals were made up of a giant circular screen gracing the rear of the stage on which movies and animations were projected. The atmosphere was heightened with smoke machines and large spotlights which shone into the audience at times as if trying to make them feel more a part of the show.


The two hour plus show, which pays homage to most of Floyds albums, seemed to fly by and after the final encore I didn’t want the show to end. By this point I could easily tell they are obviously very talented in their own right both musically and artistically and must have spent a great deal of time perfecting the sound and stage presence of Pink Floyd.

Ian Cattell as the character Pink
They ended the second half with a spine tingling Comfortably Numb which I was so hypnotised by it gave me goose bumps and almost took my breathe away. Run Like Hell was the encore and sounded incredible, after which I rose to my feet along with the rest of the audience to give them a standing ovation with woops and claps that followed in the vain hope they would carry on before they all took a bow and they were gone. 


I didn’t expect to be blown away by Brit Floyd but I was and more importantly, they proved that they can perform to the level that originally earned Pink Floyd their legendary reputation.

Set List
Brit Floyd Played:
Shine On you Crazy Diamond
Learning to Fly
See Emily Play
Money
High Hopes
Brick in the Wall Part 2
Get Your Filthy Hands
Fletcher Memorial Home
Pigs
Echoes
Time
The Great Gig in the Sky
Have a Cigar
Wish You Were Here
One Of These Days
Hey You
Anybody Out There
Nobody Home
Vera
Brink The Boys Back
Comfortably Numb
Run Like Hell

Favourite Moments: The female vocals in The Great Gig In The Sky and Ian Cattell dressed as  the character Pink in a Nazi outfit during Run Like Hell commanding the audience to clap.


Favourite Song: Comfortably Numb (spine tingling and goose bumps galore)


Would I go again?: Most definitely and I would also recommend the show  to any Pink Floyd fan or anyone who appreciates good music. The band went beyond my expectations with their flawless performance. I have already checked out their future dates here www.britfloyd.com/tour-dates


For further information visit their web site - www.britfloyd.com