Performing some of the most loved and revered music created to an impassioned audience of fans can teeter on a fine line of stupidity or bravery, especially when tackling a work as established and celebrated as Pink Floyd's Dark Side of the Moon, writes Servants of Science founder, Stuart Avis.

The UK Pink Floyd Experience are a rising force amongst the wealth of tribute bands Brighton-based David Gilmour and co's music has provoked across generations, and have proven themselves more than capable of bravely rising to the task.

I was tasked with attending the band's performance at The Capital, in Horsham, last Saturday to preview their forthcoming major event.

The band will be bringing their show to Theatre Royal Brighton, on Saturday 9th February 2019, and, alongside a full performance of the seminal Dark Side of the Moon, the show will also feature a complete run through of 1977's Animals album with a healthy dollop of 1975's Wish You Were Here.

It doesn't end there though, highlights from other works are cherry picked including a rarely heard and expertly executed Yet Another Movie and live favourite One of These Days.

Naturally highlights from The Wall are also included climaxing the show with a rousing Comfortably Numb guitar solo complete with mirror ball showering the audience with a million specks of dancing light.

The core five-piece line up of musicians is deftly complemented by a more than impressive light show and use of projections, which features a mix of Floyd's original films and imaginative use of alternatively sourced material.

Additional musicians also appear to handle sax and backing vocal duties, Racheal Willment's effortless glide through the lead vocal of Great Gig in the Sky left jaws on the floor.

As with the real Pink Floyd the unsung hero of the band is the keyboard player.

Rick Benbow takes on the roles of both Richard Wright and touring keyboard player Jon Carin with skill and precision perfectly recreating the sound and textures that helped make the originals so unique.

All in all this is not just another Pink Floyd tribute band, the attention to detail is exemplary and the passion of the musicians, who clearly have a love for the music, is palpable.

A large and expectant audience gathered to pay homage to the music of one of Britain’s most celebrated rock bands at Eden Court Theatre, in Inverness, on Saturday night.

Almost three hours later, bathed in specks of light scattered by a spinning glitter ball as the last chords of Comfortably Numb echoed round the auditorium, they rose in a sincere standing ovation for a mesmerising performance by The UK Pink Floyd Experience.

Along the way, the tribute act, formed and led by vocalist, guitarist, show producer and life-long Floyd fan, David Power, had treated the crowd to impeccable renditions of two of the band’s classic albums, 1977’s Animals and 1973’s Dark side of the Moon, along with a selection some of their other classic songs.

The skills of the musicians and their obvious love of the material they were delivering was augmented throughout the show by a bold and clever light show and continuously rolling, often sinister, projections featuring a mix of Pink Floyd’s original films and other material.

Showcasing the abilities of vocalists and guitarists Bobby Harrison and Mike Bollard, the evening opened with rousing and emotional delivery of Shine on You Crazy Diamond, written by David Gilmour, Roger Waters and Rick Wright, in tribute to their fellow funding band member, Syd Barrett.

Welcome to the Machine and Learning to Fly followed before the rest of the first half of the set was devoted to Animals.

The second half began with the much-loved Wish You Were Here and, delighting Floyd aficionados, was followed by a huge production of One of These Days, from the Meddle Album. After two tracks form A Momentary Lapse of Reason, Sorrow and Speak to Me, it was on to Dark Side of the Moon, with backing singer Raceheal Willment earning whoops of appreciation for her soaring vocals on Great Gig in the Sky.

Not much of Pink Floyd’s back catalogue could be described as “dance-along,” but as the first part of a two-song encore, Happiest Days/Another Brick in the Wall proved the exception.

All, in all most of the audience would probably have been happy to stay for another three hours.


Pink Floyd are one of the most iconic bands ever in British music. Their unique style, highly-talented musicians and plethora of timeless hits helped to make them a group that, decades on from their prime, remain a vital staple of this country’s musical history. It’s no surprise, then, that there would be performers and productions bringing Pink Floyd to life, but few are more complete than UK Pink Floyd Experience.

Indeed, this quintet of artists are not only up to the task of having an audience relive the days when Pink Floyd were breaking discographical ground, but they are capable of matching and surpassing expectations. You will have heard the cliché “as close to the real thing as you can get”; that theory applies splendidly to this show, which is not only aimed at performing the group’s most famous songs, but it seeks to deliver a show that excites and wows a crowd, leaving them open-mouthed in awe one moment and singing along the next.

The production as a whole is memorable, but the true spine of the show comes from its cast. David Power leads the way on both bass and vocals, and his style is ideally suited to this platform, not least because he is a lifelong fan of the original band. Bobby Harrison also offers top-notch vocals, as well as performing some rockin’ jams on electric guitar, acoustic guitar and lap steel guitar, and with experience of working alongside icons such as Cliff Richard and Brian May, to say that he is qualified for this show would be a vast understatement. Also delivering vocals were Mike Bollard and Rick Benbow, and Francesco Borrelli is the band’s very talented drummer.

The set is both simplified and complex, with a circular screen sitting behind the artists showcasing all sorts of cool, colourful and visually stunning effects to match particular songs. The lighting effects also vary depending on the mood and pace of a tune, and the upshot is that every song feels different. If you know Pink Floyd, you’ll know that a fair few of their hits can touch you on an emotional level, so the word Experience is very appropriate for the title of this production, because you really do feel like you are part of something special and memorable.

And of course, all of the great Pink Floyd hits are performed to the highest possible standard. Another Brick In The Wall, Money, Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Dogs, Comfortably Numb – these were just some of the banging tunes that received rapturous applause from the Liverpool audience. The band have gone on record as saying that they want to “do it right or not at all”, and that came through loud and clear as they delivered the songs so authentically, it would be easy to lose yourself in the moment and genuinely believe you were witnessing the real, original group in front of your very eyes. The huge ovation as the show came to a close was richly deserved.

If you want to relive the glory days of Pink Floyd, if you want to learn about one of the most influential British bands of all-time, or if you simply want to enjoy a great night of live music, then I would definitely recommend that you go to see UK Pink Floyd Experience. You can check out the show as it continues its current tour; you can get tickets here at www.ukpinkfloydexperience.com/tour-dates.

Overall Rating: 9/10 – Outstanding

Last week saw the UK Pink Floyd Experience perform at the town hall as they recreated the sights and sounds of the legendary Pink Floyd in concert.

This highly authentic show covers over 50 years of Pink Floyd hits including their iconic album “Dark Side Of The Moon” played in its entirety.

Starting with one of their first singles, Arnold Layne, a great evening kicked off with over two and a half hours of Pink Floyd songs, mesmerising video projections, and an even bigger light show.

Of course, no Pink Floyd show would be complete without other seminal songs like; “Wish You Were Here”, “Another Brick In The Wall” and “Comfortably Numb”.

The passion of the band, who clearly have a love for Floyds music, was palpable, as was their musical expertise at recreating that iconic sound.

From the intricate and complex guitar riffs and solos to pulsating bass, energetic drums and swirling keyboards this was as close to seeing a real Pink Floyd concert as it’s possible to get.

Highly recommended for guitar lovers anywhere.

Written by FD


WISH you were here! The Grimsby Auditorium hosted one of the finest tribute bands that I have ever seen: UK Pink Floyd Experience. The band's view on reproducing the Pink Floyd sound is simply, as they claim in their programme, "do it right or not at all". As the audience filed into the Auditorium, the first thing that was striking was the amazing set. A large circular screen for Floyd style images, a mass of lights and a stage packed with equipment. Clearly this band had gone to great lengths to get it right! The band performed amazing Pink Floyd tracks, Dark Side Of The Moon, Wish You Were Here, Money, Us And Them and many, many more, to rapturous applause and whistles. I would certainly go see this tribute band again and for those that missed it, well, Wish You Were Here!"— Peter Mascall, Grimsby Telegraph

ENTERING to a dimmed auditorium and thrumming bass and background music, the mood is set instantly for a Pink Floyd Experience, not just a show.

While obviously and necessarily on a smaller scale than the 1994 Division Bell tour Earl’s Court show, and subsequent live recording Pulse, the lighting rig and circular video screen set the tone before the nine-piece band appears.

Once they take up their instruments and launch into Shine On You Crazy Diamond, the audience becomes lost in the performance, which is note-perfect without being a dull rehash.​

Paul Andrews’ vocals are strong, but with the same reedy quality and unassuming manner of David Gilmour, to the point where, on occasion, you could be convinced you’re listening to a live recording of the original band. His guitar skills appear effortless, but are as intricate and complex as the Pink Floyd frontman’s; exactly as they should be.

Guitar and keyboards were occasionally overshadowed by the bass and drums – far from a constant problem though, and an unavoidable hazard of live performance – as were the superb backing vocals from Louise Beadle, Linzi Martin and Marie McNally, although the freestyle vocal exercises of Great Gig In The Sky gave each a chance to shine (no pun intended), and each won well-earned applause from the crowd.

Special praise too, to McNally, whose first appearance during Shine On... wasn’t as a choreographed backing singer – she strolled on to the stage with a pair of saxophones and wowed the crowd by switching between the two, before joining Martin and Beadle at their mics.

While largely sticking to the Pulse album, there are a few surprises on the set list, which runs from Dark Side of the Moon to The Division Bell, and the running order is varied. The result is a stunning combination of a first-class band, a blinding light show, and incredible music which isn’t just for fans.

It really is a shame the Opera House was not full, because the only thing better than hearing the sublime original recordings of tracks like Wish You Were Here or Comfortably Numb, is hearing a live version by performers this good.

Every so often you come across someone or something which genuinely impresses you.

It happened to me recently when I went to the Malvern Theatres for a concert by a tribute group with strong Herefordshire and Worcestershire connections. UK Pink Floyd Experience absolutely blew the place away with a fabulous two and a half hour performance of some of the original band’s most iconic tunes. The lights show and effects were brilliant; the sheer musical ability on stage was a joy for the Floyd fans in the packed audience and the standing ovation at the close said it all.

I interviewed Worcester bass player David Power and the Ross-on-Wye lead vocalist and guitarist Paul Andrews on the Breakfast Show on BBC H&W a few months back and David explained how it all came about:

”In late 2008 we set about finding the musicians who shared the passion for Floyd and were of a caliber that could accurately replicate the Floyd sound.

“Our first challenge was to find a ‘Gilmour’”, said David. “We had already decided that the roles in the band had to be authentic. So, for example, we couldn’t have a separate lead vocalist and guitarist. We eventually found the answer in Paul. We knew straight away when we heard him sing and play he was the man for the job!”

Few would disagree. Paul is a disarmingly polite and a fairly quiet character when you chat to him but on the stage, he commands the audience and the intensity he creates is very powerful indeed.

After their gigs the band like to come and meet the audience in the foyer or bar – a nice touch almost in the tradition of an amateur dramatics production – and it does give additional insight into the band members when they talk you post-performance.

The band will be performing locally in 2012 and visit Redditch in April and Hereford in May along with many other dates all around the country.

The final word though to Paul Andrews who had a wide grin on his face when he spoke to me for a few minutes after the Malvern gig. Recounting his student days in Guildford he said, “We’d watch Floyd DVDs in our freezing digs thinking ‘Wouldn’t it be great to play this stuff for real one day!’

Believe me this band is in the ‘Don’t Miss Them’ category.

Howard Bentham - BBC Radio Hereford & Worcester Breakfast Show Presenter.