Review: Brit Floyd at Portsmouth Guildhall

Brit Floyd's dazzling stage show
Brit Floyd's dazzling stage show

The Great Gig in the Sky fell to earth at Portsmouth Guildhall as Brit Floyd perfectly recreated five album sides of Pink Floyd’s music - and more.

The two-and-a-half hour show never flagged, recreating, note for note, classics from Floyd albums The Wall, Wish You Were Here, Dark Side of the Moon, Animals and The Division Bell.

Musical director and lead guitarist Damian Darlington, with his beautiful custom-made prism and rainbow adorned guitar, leads a band of virtuoso musicians, taking mere tribute band performance to levels beyond perfection.

He and vocalist Ian Cattell replicate the voices of Roger Waters and David Gilmour so well you could be listening to the real Floyd. Guitarist Bobby Harrison, Rob Stringer on keyboards, and saxophonist Carl Brunsden were all flawless.

Swirling, pulsating lights and projections transported the audience to new realms, with fantastic effects such as the iridescent golden glow motif during Shine on Crazy Diamond.

Too many high points to list, but, as ever, Comfortably Numb and Run Like Hell were barnstorming closers.

There are now generations of undying Pink Floyd fans who will never see the real thing again. Brit Floyd is for them, and for one night in Portsmouth they took us to the dark side of the moon and back.

ALAN COOPER