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May 11th - FAIRFIELD HALLS, CROYDON, ENGLAND (rescheduled) Print E-mail
Croydon Fairfield Halls
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Capacity: 1,801

Concert starts: 8pm

Address of venue: Park Lane, Croydon CR9 1DG. MAP

Website: https://www.fairfield.co.uk

 

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Due to the critical success of the four initial shows in May 2018, held in tiny venues in London's Camden and Putney, Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets announced a full European tour for September that year. The expanded shows for the full tour were even more highly acclaimed, and it came as no surprise when further dates for 2019 were announced. The insatiable demand for more dates, in more locations, has resulted in the band carrying on from where they left off, with shows for 2021 taking the music to new fans, as well as those who have already experienced the show, eager for more!

Nick Mason's Saucerful Of Secrets brings together some familiar names, all great musicians: joining Nick are Gary Kemp and Lee Harris on guitars, Guy Pratt on bass, and Dom Beken on keyboards. Kemp is best known for his work with Spandau Ballet, Harris as having played guitar with The Blockheads (Ian Dury's band), Pratt needs no introduction, and Beken is principally known for his work with The Orb, and Transit Kings (with Pratt). The band will be playing early Pink Floyd songs.

This is a unique opportunity to experience Pink Floyd's celebrated and significant early body of work played live including songs from albums 'The Piper At The Gates of Dawn' and 'A Saucerful Of Secrets'.

The regular sale of tickets starts on MONDAY JULY 20th at 12pm (UK time) via Ticketmaster, Seetickets, and the venues themselves.

UPDATE, 2nd February 2021: Due to the COVID-19/Coronavirus pandemic, this concert, along with the others on the 2020/2021 tour, has been re-scheduled; tickets remain valid for the new date (shown in the title of this page) so there should be no need to contact the venue for clarification or to change the ticket. 

SET LIST - highlight the following with your mouse to read...
FIRST HALF: One Of These Days, Arnold Layne, Fearless, Obscured By Clouds, When You're In, Candy And A Currant Bun, Vegetable Man, If, Atom Heart Mother, If Reprise, Remember A Day, Set The Controls For The Heart Of The Sun. SECOND HALF: Interstellar Overdrive, Astronomy Domine, The Nile Song, Burning Bridges, Childhood's End, Lucifer Sam, Echoes.
ENCORE:
See Emily Play, A Saucerful Of Secrets, Bike.

WARNING - SPOILERS AHEAD!

Do not read on if you don't want surprises to be spoilt, regarding what the band played!

In previous shows there was a slight issue with a couple of the audience members persistently using their phone lights while filming, annoying the band - Nick has made a point in many of the gigs so far this year to ask that people DON'T use flash or video lights during the show. A general message has gone out on the band's social media channels asking for people to turn off these lights, which after all, make NO difference to any of the pictures or video taken from the audience! All it does is annoy other members of the audience around the person doing it, and the band members themselves who are trying to concentrate on the show. If you went to this show, how was the situation with this?

Well, where has the last month gone? Twenty-one shows in twenty-nine days - quite a punishing schedule, with the travel that entailed, but it meant that any rustiness from the enforced absence from performing in front of audiences was well and truly banished, extremely quickly. The venue saw Pink Floyd play back in 1969 and 1970, but much of it has been refurbished extensively since then, so Nick would probably not have recognised much of it.

The band ensured that the UK and Ireland tour concluded with an incredible performance, with a truly outstanding rendition of Echoes in particular. It is hard to single out individual songs as the deftness and synergy of the band's performance throughout the show was quite something to behold. There's a definite step change in their performance since the last tour, which in itself was superb. They are now on a higher level. Somehow.

There was a degree of "end of tour" atmosphere to the show, with crediting of the crew responsible for ensuring everything was ready, every show, despite the tight schedule. There was also another bit which was as surprising to the band as it was the audience... For the last few shows, Gary has been commenting on the range of t-shirts that he's spotted in the audiences, but noticed that Spandau Ballet t-shirts hadn't seemed to be worn to any of the shows. As he said this, Nick started unbuttoning his normal white shirt, to reveal exactly that being worn underneath it! The band literally had no idea that this was going to happen, with Guy and Gary particularly stunned by what was happening. Nick proceeded to spend the rest of the gig, unusually, in the t-shirt.

Nick Mason with his Spandau Ballet t-shirt

The band now have a couple of days off before flying over to Denmark on Friday, for the start of the European tour which is on Saturday in Randers. We hope as many of you as possible will be able to catch them at some point during that tour, or the North American tour which follows later in the year. It's an incredible show, and you DON'T want to miss it!

CONCERT REVIEW by BD CONTRIBUTOR, Heather Fenton

Finally got to Nick Mason's gig at Fairfield Halls, Croydon last night and the whole experience was excellent. We had seen Nick back in 2018 and 2019, and had tickets for 2020 which were cancelled, so delighted when Croydon came onboard as this was so much closer to home.

The performance was flawless. The band played as a team and as well as the music, the tales from Nick and the banter from the others was hilarious. The light show was brilliant and unobtrusive. We were seated in front of Lee Harris and able to watch closely his sheer skill and ability with guitars. Guy was in fine form and seemed to be in control of the stage and Gary and Dom threw themselves into whatever they were doing and the sound quality was fantastic.

A lovely tribute from Guy to Rick Wright, and Echoes was outstanding and had a well deserved standing ovation. The audience was up for it and even ended up dancing to Bike!

All credit goes to Lee for coming up with the idea of the band; it just gets better and better and made us realise just how much we had missed these shows. My husband says 'Just mention the good bits'.....there weren't any other bits; it was all excellent. The band enjoyed what they were doing, we could see and appreciate just how hard they worked and we wish them luck for the European shows....but please consider another UK tour.

We can't praise this show highly enough and Nick and the band have done a fantastic job putting together what must be, as an all round experience, the best show we have ever been to. Thank you so much Nick and thank you to the first class band you have assembled and all those behind the scenes that made it possible...and to the Fairfield for providing an excellent venue.

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Last Updated ( Thursday, 19 May 2022 )
 
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