Wow. Just – wow! What can I say? This show totally blew my mind! I went along with my Pink Floyd-mad other half, who persuaded me that we simply ‘must’ experience this legendary album in full, listening in surround sound and with some rather psychedelic visual effects to match. I was slightly sceptical, not really knowing the music, but I have to say I was astounded and amazed by this awesome visual spectacle!
We arrived at Dynamic Earth (which is visually stunning in itself, with the Salisbury Crags and Arthur’s Seat as a backdrop) at around 7.30pm for the second show of Saturday night, on at 8pm. We decided to grab a few drinks at their Fringe Bar beforehand - there were quite a lot of people milling around, and the buzz and excitement of the crowd was tangible! Just before 8pm we were taken down to the ShowDome – a cavernous ‘planetarium’ with comfy cinema-style seats – and relaxed in anticipation of what was to come. We were lucky enough to get seats at the back of the Dome, which I definitely think would be the best place to get the full effect of the show. The first part of the presentation (to get the crowd going!) was some tracks from another classic Pink Floyd album ‘The Wall’ and even I knew most of these songs!! There was a short interval (time to send my other half back to the bar to refill our drinks!) and then the main event began….
Swirling images filled the Dome above our heads and the iconic sounds of ‘Speak to Me’ started to fill the air. It really was a spine-tingling moment! One of my favourite parts was ‘Time’ where a montage of clocks and watches filled the Dome, to match the effects on the soundtrack. It was almost other-worldly at times, feeling like you were spinning out into space with this mind-blowing music to accompany you. All very trippy, and I could sense that the real Floyd fans were struggling not to sing along and start belting out the tunes to some of the more vocal tracks! The album is quite ‘dark’ at times, and is essentially about how the pressures of modern life can slowly drive you mad - which is as true these days as it was back in 1973. There are some weird and wonderful moments, and as the show ended and the Dome faded to black to the sound of a heartbeat, I actually felt quite moved. We really enjoyed our evening, and the Dynamic Earth staff were top class, so friendly and helpful.
This show is a must-do, whether you are a Pink Floyd fan or not; it is a way of experiencing their sound unlike any other, and a rare opportunity to hear the full conceptual album combined with custom-made, stunning visual effects. You feel as if you are actually somehow immersed in the music, it’s a strange but wonderful sensation!! ‘Dark Side of the Moon’ has been amazingly popular, and all the original dates are sold out, so Dynamic Earth have announced some extra shows - Thursday 17th and 24th August plus additional late night shows on Saturday 19th & 26th August. Check on the Dynamic Earth & Fringe websites and if you can’t get tickets online, then call the venue and they will be able to help. Whatever you do – don’t miss it!!