The National Skills Academy Invites Students to The Australian Pink Floyd Show
27 March 2012
Music and Production Arts students from Salford City College were invited by The National Skills Academy to attend The Australian Pink Floyd Show Production Day at the O2 Manchester Apollo.
Students learnt about the recreation of the iconic Pink Floyd sound and got the chance to see how the sights and sounds of Pink Floyd are recreated by the world-renowned tribute act – The Australian Pink Floyd Show. Emerging back in 1988, the Floyd tribute act has been getting bigger and better ever since. The band was described by Floyd drummer Nick Mason on BBC 5 Live as ‘Very good - probably better than we are,’ and they were even engaged by David Gilmour to perform at his 50th birthday celebration!
The 2012 tour Exposed in the Light takes its title from the lyrics of the Floyd classic ‘Shine on You Crazy Diamond’. New for this year is the state-of-the-art surround sound system, controlled by Floyd’s own front of house engineer Colin Norfield. This incredible audio output will be bolstered by new lasers, lights and even more jaw-dropping video effects, making the new show a truly multi-media sensory experience.
The production is overseen by original Australian founder members Colin Wilson, Steve Mac and Jason Sawford who started the band and show 23 years ago. ‘It’s the attention to detail that matters the most, not only in the enormous production we take with us on the road, but also in the music. We go to great lengths to make sure each song sounds as close as possible to the original recording. It’s very important.’ says Colin Wilson.
Salford City College is one of the twenty National Skills Academy Creative and Cultural Founder Colleges. The Founder College programme gives students on Production Arts, Music Production and Music Performance courses the chance to see how their training relates to the roles and processes involved in mounting arena, stadium and outdoor performance stages.
Paul Latham, Head of Live Nation and Chair of The Skills Academy said: “Finding people who want to work in the music industry isn’t the hard part - this is an attractive industry with many a young person wanting to work in it. Finding the right person with the right skills and attitude is a different matter. Production day visits will give these students a real insight into what it takes to put on a world-class show.”
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