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DARKSIDE - THE LATEST YEAR
DARKSIDE AT THE ALBANY THEATRE, COVENTRY 2019
It seems like only yesterday that I was chatting to a friend over a pint and thinking of forming a Floyd tribute and here we are, about to enter our fifteenth year!
2020 and the ‘With Friends Surrounded’ tour promises to be better than ever. Firstly, there is the tantalising prospect of going ‘quad’. How cool will that be? We are also about to migrate our lighting software, so we should be able to produce even more stunning visuals.
The tour kicks of in St. Peter’s church in Sudbury, a venue that fits our brief very well. Darkside is all about the adventure and the audience, we constantly seek quirky and high-class venues that we think will thrill our audiences and ourselves.
The band personnel remains unchanged for the forthcoming tour and it is great to work with both talented people and a stable team. Continuity means we can constantly improve rather than having to take the inevitable step backwards when a key member has to be replaced.
We will also be building on our lovely relationship with the Purple Moose brewery. They not only make great beer but have become good friends too. Lawrence Washington, the owner, will be joining us on stage in January to play piano on A Great Day for Freedom, something we are very much looking forward to.
2020 also sees us visit more new venues, including the fabulous Mansfield Palace and Southport Theatre as well as our old favourites. Our four-night residency at the Theatre on the Steps in Bridgnorth continues to be a treat and success.
Looking back over 2019, we have had probably our best year yet. Highlights would include performing at the National Space Centre for the 50th anniversary of the first manned lunar orbit with Apollo 8 and of course, the lunar landing mission of Apollo 11. The eight sell-out performances were very well received and great fun to perform. The NSC team were also a real treat to work with and one of the great things about doing this whole ‘thing’ is we get to meet some lovely people. We look forward to collaborating with the NSC later in 2020 with a view to further performances in the planetarium in 2021.
Further highlights would include having the wonderful Durga McBroom perform with us at Aberystwyth. Not only was this a thrilling opportunity and great performance but our backing singers also learned a lot from her both during the afternoon preparation and in terms of stage craft. It won’t hurt their CVs either!
PINK FLOYD SINGER DURGA McBROOM JOINED DARKSIDE AT ABERYSTWYTH 2019. PHOTO: @BYBRETT
2019 was also tinged with some sadness for us as our original lighting engineer and friend, Steve ‘Snowy’ Watson finally lost his battle with Motor Neuron Disease. It was an honour to perform at his charity fund-raiser shortly before his passing. I am pleased to say that despite his deteriorating health, he was able to get to the event with support from his wife Christine, friends and carers.
We now take a little break for the festive season. I shall spend my time thinking of excuses to buy more kit and guitars. Stevie will be polishing the life out of his cymbals and Mike might even wave an oily rag at his bass guitar. Ross, our sound engineer will be pulling his hair out trying to get quad working and Big Dan will have his work cut out with the lighting migration project. For now, I will sign off and wish you all, on behalf of myself and Darkside, a restful, Floyd-filled Christmas and New Year.
Peace & love
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