The sights and sounds of Pink Floyd come to Ipswich. The Floyd Effect are renowned for their attention to detail regarding all things relating to Pink Floyd, and they are bringing their critically acclaimed show to the Ipswich Corn Exchange on 2nd June.
Mind you, it won’t be too far for some of the band’s members to travel, about that, here is the text for youwith guitarist and vocalist John Lovegrove a native of the town, and their touring company, Dolphin Productions, also based in Ipswich. The Floyd Effect was formed in 2007 from the ashes of two previous Pink Floyd tributes, and in addition to John features Mark Horgan (Dave Gilmour) on guitars and vocals, Garry Tyrrell (Roger Waters) on bass, Kerry Howes (Nick Mason) on drums, and Gordon Reid (Rick Wright) on keyboards, as well as vocalists Roxy Baker, Maddie Cole and Tiffany Britton.
“Many groups like to play Pink Floyd’s music”, John told us, “but recreating its true spirit is not as easy as the notes suggest. It’s not just what Floyd played, but how they played it, and that’s what we try to capture in every performance. We don’t use metronomic click tracks or backing tracks so (with the exception of a few samples such as the cash registers in ‘Money’) when you come to see us you’re seeing a genuine performance, a band that is playing the music as it was written to be played, without tricks or props. Fortunately, we have the musicians and singers who can pull it off, all hugely experienced and with a true love of Pink Floyd’s music.”
It’s that realism that has separated The Floyd Effect from many other tribute bands and garnered lavish praise from their fans. With a high quality sound system, sophisticated lighting, projections, lasers and everything else that you would hope to see and hear from a Pink Floyd tribute, their show is continually being refined and improved. But a Floyd Effect show is more than just great music and impressive lighting because, where possible, the band also works with local youth theatres to bring some of the tracks even further to life by re- ‐enacting scenes from Alan Parker’s movie of Pink Floyd’s seminal album, The Wall.
On this occasion, they have invited the Ipswich Stagecoach Theatre to join them on stage for tracks such as Another Brick In The Wall (part 2), Mother and Run Like Hell. “We really enjoy working with the children”, said keyboard player Gordon Reid, “because they bring such so much life and exuberance to the show. Sometimes I feel like stopping playing and going and sitting in the audience to watch them!”
With a complete performance of Dark Side Of The Moon to look forward to, as well as classic tracks such as Shine On You Crazy Diamond, Wish You Were Here and Comfortably Numb, it promises to be an evening to remember at the Ipswich Corn Exchange.
The Floyd Effect
The Corn Exchange, King Street, Ipswich, IP1 1DH
with Special Guests, the Ipswich Stagecoach Theatre School
Tickets: £18.50 / £16.50
Box office: 01473 433100