REVIEW: Brit Floyd at Portsmouth Guildhall

Richard Digance

A close encounter puts Richard’s career back on the musical path

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There are certain things you expect when you go to see a Pink Floyd tribute: giant space lasers, smoke, psychedelic visuals and guitar solos that last the length of some bands’ albums.

Brit Floyd – the newest Floyd ‘mega-tribute’ on the circuit – ticks all of these prog-rock boxes with aplomb and also makes a darned good job of the actual songs as well.

Stand-out moments included a passionate On the Turning Away, which showcased bassist Ian Cattell’s Gilmour-esque vocals

Formed by past members of the Australian Pink Floyd Show, including singer and guitarist Damian Darlington, the band kicked off their set with the entire first half of the iconic 1973 album Dark Side of the Moon before embarking on a fittingly stately tour of the Floyd’s five-decade back-catalogue.

All the classic albums were visited, including Wish You Were Here and The Wall, with a diversion into the Syd Barrett ’60s era for See Emily Play and a stop in the ’90s for Keep Talking from The Division Bell.

Stand-out moments included a passionate On the Turning Away, which showcased bassist Ian Cattell’s Gilmour-esque vocals, an atmospheric Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun, and some guitar heroics from Darlington on an epic Comfortably Numb, which drew a standing ovation from a highly appreciative Guildhall audience.