'Cambridge's foremost musical son' to be celebrated this year
The concert – running October 27 – happens the same day as the unveiling of a new memorial statue dedicated to the late band member at the city’s Corn Exchange venue. It coincides with the anniversary of the musician playing his final handful of concerts with Floyd at the city’s legendary venue. Barrett died in 2006 of pancreatic cancer.
Swedish group Men On The Border, will ‘reinterpret’ the music of Barrett and Pink Floyd with further backing music supplied by the Swedish Sandviken Symphony Orchestra.
The original frontman of Pink Floyd – who helped to make the Cambridge four piece infamous with their often psychedelic music on legendary debut album ‘The Piper at The Gates of Dawn’ – left the band in 1968, living the majority of his life after as a modest recluse. He was replaced by David Gilmour, who originally joined the band in December 1967 as the band’s “fifth member”.
According to Team Rock, Barrett’s sister, Rosemary Breen said of the upcoming memorial unveiling and gig:
“Syd loved Cambridge, it always meant home to him. He would have been very surprised and delighted to be recognised in such a unique way. His family would like to thank everyone involved with this memorial.”
In 2015, documentary film ‘Have You Got It?’ was released about the late Pink Floyd member.
The film, was directed by Roddy Bogawa and aims to provide insight into the singer and guitarist’s life and short musical career. It features interviews with the surviving members of the band. The name comes from an unreleased Pink Floyd song.
Speaking to MojoBogawa described the film as “truly unique”, adding that it “has an intimate quality that the other films about [Barrett] haven’t been able to capture”.
‘Have You Got It?’ was released in late summer 2015.