Brit Floyd are arguably the world’s greatest Pink Floyd tribute band. Tonight they arrive on Tyneside as part of their Immersion World Tour.
It’s been almost 23 years since the legendary English progressive rock band Pink Floyd embarked on their final tour in support of The Division Bell album. Since 1994, there has been very few occasions where the band or key members of the group have graced the stage together. The most notable of which being at Live 8 in Hyde Park back in 2005. Queue Brit Floyd, who have been keeping the music of Waters, Gilmour et al alive since 2011.
After 17 years of performing with The Australian Pink Floyd show, the band’s musical director Damian Darlington formed Brit Floyd and since this time they have have been wowing audiences across the globe. This includes shows at iconic venues like Red Rocks in Colorado and The O2 in London, to name but a few. Tonight a capacity crowd of die-hard Floyd fans eagerly await the band’s return to the Sage Gateshead.
Brit Floyd spares no expense, bringing with them in tow one of the most impressive stage productions to have been housed inside of this building. Their stage set is reminiscent of that used by Pink Floyd on The Division Bell tour. This includes stunning visuals which are perfectly sequenced in time to the music and a laser light show which is second only to Pink Floyd themselves.
Throughout the course of the evening, the sound is consistently crisp and precise. It has a feel which is reminiscent of being in a movie theatre and experiencing the clarity of Dolby surround sound, sonically it is incredible. Each working element of this impressive nine-piece band is so exquisitely defined in the mix.
Brit Floyd’s show traverses Pink Floyd’s expansive discography, with particular emphasis on the band’s seminal mid to late 70’s albums Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, The Wall and Animals, which are equally paired with some deep cuts along the way. The latter of which is celebrating it’s 40th anniversary this year and as such “Dogs” from said album is included in the set.
There are many stand out moments throughout the course of the night. The band’s rendition of “The Great Gig In The Sky” being one of the many highlights. The number includes a superb display of vocal acrobatics from Angela Cervantes, which results in a standing ovation from the attentive audience.
Cervantes being one-third of the backing vocalists accompanying the band this evening, along with Jacquie Williams and Jennifer Kee, who each deliver a passionate performance throughout. The trio also moves synchronously to the music all night long, with the aid of some well-choreographed dance moves.
As the fans would want and expect all of the big Floyd hits are there including the likes of the incredibly beautiful “Wish You Were Here” and the classic “Money”. The latter of which includes a sublime saxophone solo from the multi-talented Ryan Saranich, who in turn performs using at least five different instruments throughout the course of the show.
As the band enter into the final strides of their marathon set, the audience is treated to a huge sounding rendition of “Shine On You Crazy Diamond”, which features some incredible vocal harmonies, before bringing their main set to a close with “Comfortably Numb”, which also includes a stunning guitar solo from Damian Darlington. The room filled with light reflected from a giant mirror ball suspended above the stage, throughout the number.
Brit Floyd’s show this evening was split into two sets spanning over two hours of live music, which has the audience transfixed from the off. Each number featured in the show is executed to perfection by this world class ensemble of multi-talented musicians. As it’s unlikely we will see the mighty Pink Floyd out on the road again anytime soon, an evening with Brit Floyd is about as close as you can get to the real thing. The audience inside of the Sage Gateshead this evening would most certainly agree.
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Event Date: 28-FEB-2017