The highly skilled Brit Floyd, which is a homage to the legendary Pink Floyd as its name so neatly suggests, paid the storied venue that is Grieghallen in Bergen (Norway) a visit on October 12, and those who attended the gig were in for a real treat. The sold-out show saw fans and casual listeners, youngsters, grandparents, hardcore metal headbangers, and prog fans come together to celebrate and revel in the genius of Pink Floyd’s discography. One could sense a lot of anticipation and excitement in the lobby prior to the doors to the hall opening, and there was definitely a buzz about the place.
Brit Floyd is known as one of the very best tribute bands around, and they delivered a visually and musically stunning performance that felt akin to an immersive experience. Apart from being a feast for the eyes and ears, it was brilliant to witness how strong the appeal of Pink Floyd’s timeless tunes came across in this particular live setting, which obviously ties in with the fact that Brit Floyd played the song material with a prominent sense of class, conviction, and vigor. The beautiful acoustics of Grieghallen and the pristine sound with every instrument clearly audible in the mix left nothing to be desired, and during their nearly three hours on stage, they kept the talk and banter to a minimum, which suited yours truly just fine as that meant more music for the good people that attended the concert. Honestly, I could think of no better way to spend a rainy and windswept Wednesday night in October than this.
While the setlist contained many great classics and essential cuts ala ‘Comfortably Numb’, ‘Money’, ‘Wish You Were Here’, and ‘Another Brick in the Wall’ that all received a rapturous applause, the highlights from my perspective were the stunning rendition of ‘High Hopes’, the powerful and utterly convincing ‘Time’, the punchy ‘Welcome to the Machine’, and the heartfelt version of ‘The Great Gig in the Sky’. Another fantastic entry was ‘Learn to Fly’, and hearing ‘Echoes’ in its entirety was obviously epic beyond belief. Having said that, the way in which they had arranged ‘Set the Controls for the Heart of the Sun’ and the interplay between the musicians throughout that piece turned it into the biggest gem of the whole evening for me. It evoked the slightly unsettling vibe of the original, yet Brit Floyd also managed to leave their own mark on it. The encores consisted of ‘One Slip’ and a thunderous ‘Run Like Hell’, which ensured that the whole event reached a fittingly climactic finale.
Cohesive, well-structured, and a rewarding musical experience, it is absolutely mandatory to check Brit Floyd out should they play in or close to the city where you reside. We certainly had a blast. Hats off to the ever-reliable Bergen Live for organizing this.