Arnold Layne, See Emily Play and others
From late on Tuesday evening to mid morning on Wednesday, a team of technicians set up the sound and lighting systems for the "work in progress performance" of the "City Wakes" tribute to Syd Barrett. Wednesday morning 9 a.m. "You did all this last night?" "No, we haven't stopped." In other words they worked through the night after a pit stop for refuelling at the Six Bells.
And when the musicians arrived, they launched into their rendition of Barrett's "Arnold Layne" which features in the evening performance. These photographs are from the rehearsal on the morning of the performance. Scroll down for photographs of the actual performance.
Wednesday 5 December 2007 at 6 p.m. : an introductory word from Simon Gunton, musical director, a word from Rosemary Breen, Syd Barrett's sister, who said she could see the "shy smile" on her brother's face if he had known about this celebration of his life and work, and then a few more words from Simon before the band kicked off the evening with its rousing version of "Arnold Layne". For full listings and information about the project please go to the City Wakes website which includes a detailed programme for this truly memorable evening.
John Quysner, 05/12/2007