Caves help complement perfect Pink Floyd classics

From: This is South Devon

PINK Floyd tribute acts don’t come any more faithful than Darkside, and their decision to play the classic album underground in the caves was a masterstroke.

It was a bold decision by the Kents Cavern management to hold their first gig in the caves, but it paid off handsomely.

Their two shows on Saturday — they needed two houses to accommodate everyone who wanted to see them in the confines of the cavern — saw the band perform Dark Side of the Moon almost in its entirety, along with plenty of other Floyd favourites.

They did so in the Grand Cavern, with spectators standing on the steep slope looking down on them.

The band members weren’t easy to see from anywhere other than the front rows, but a large projection screen behind them showed films and animations throughout the hour-long concert, and the sound was impeccable.

The acoustics of the cavern lent themselves to the event, and every note was crystal-clear.

All the band members are expert musicians, and the obvious Floyd aficionados among the crowd clearly approved of their treatment of much-revered songs.

Singer Alison Bradley tackled the challenging vocal parts of The Great Gig In The Sky superbly, and none of the other band members put a foot wrong throughout.

Other highlights included Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Time, and a genuinely moving version of Wish You Were Here during which the combination of music and visuals brought a lump to the throat.

Afterwards there was talk of a return to the caves for The Darkside. On this evidence, fans will need to book early to make sure of a place.

GUY HENDERSON