Posted: 13 Nov 2013
I’ve never really been one for tribute bands, but figuring I’m never
going to see Pink Floyd now I went along to see Brit Floyd.
Hall One of The Sage was full, and though I was near the back I still
had a great view, whereas if I ever did see Pink Floyd it would probably be in
the sort of venue where you end up watching the big screens so far away you
might as well watch it on the telly anyway!
There was a reason the place was full and it wasn’t only the music of
Pink Floyd. Brit Floyd are nothing short of excellent. A six-piece band
augmented by a trio of backing vocalists were spot-on. Two and a half
hours worth of classic tracks from albums including Animals, The Division Bell,
The Wall, Wish You Were Here and, of course, Dark Side of the Moon were
performed in exact replicas of the original recordings.
Led by Middlesbrough-born Damian Darlington, Brit Floyd shone as
brightly as their fabulous light show with vocalist Ola Bienkowska responsible
for a spine-tingling rendition of The Great Gig In The Sky.
The same line-up return to The Sage on 1 February with The Classic Rock
Show, performing songs from the top 10 selling rock albums. That should be well
worth seeing if this was anything to go by.