Cambridge Live has confirmed a major concert at the Cambridge Corn Exchange to celebrate the life and work of one of Cambridge's most respected artists. The concert honouring the Pink Floyd founder member, Syd Barrett, will take place on the same day that a lasting public memorial to him will be unveiled, located outside the historic venue that was the stage for Syd's last concert, as well as some of his earliest.
Syd Barrett is widely recognised as one of the pioneers of pyschedelia, founding Pink Floyd in 1965 along with Nick Mason, Roger Waters and Richard Wright. Despite his early departure from the band, his albums with Pink Floyd, and as a solo artist in the years to follow, are still regarded as massively influential recordings, cited by artists that included David Bowie to The Horrors and more.
Cambridge Live commissioned the piece of public art using funding from Cambridge City Council, in collaboration with Syd’s family The piece will be permanently displayed at the Cambridge Corn Exchange to commemorate his last ever live public performances at the venue in 1972.
The artwork will be unveiled on Thursday 27 October in the year that marks both the 10th anniversary of the legendary errant frontman’s death, as well as what would have been his 70th birthday.
Entitled ‘Syd Barrett – A Celebration’, the concert will feature Swedish band Men on the Border, who reinterpret the music of Syd Barrett and Pink Floyd, backed by the Sandviken Symphony Orchestra, also from Sweden. It will feature interpretations of Barrett’s songs from his solo albums ‘The Madcap Laughs’ and ‘Barrett’ including the likes of ‘Octopus’ and ‘Terrapin’ alongside an interpretation of Floyd’s High Hopes.
The concert will also include lighting from Peter Wynne Willson who worked with Pink Floyd between 1966 and 1968 when he created light shows for their performances at UFO and the Roundhouse and went on to design the lighting for the band’s now legendary UK, European and American gigs and tours.
‘Syd Barrett – A Celebration' will take place at Cambridge Corn Exchange on Thursday 27 October (2016). See the link at the end of the post to find out more and get tickets to the event.
Photo copyright: Mick Rock 1971, 2016