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Andy Holt - One Man Pink Floyd tribute show

Andy Holt - One Man Pink Floyd tribute show

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Music is about breaking down barriers... so how about smashing down a few Walls while you’re at it?

Blackpool guitarist Andy Holt is doing just that with a one-man show that has already seen one sell-out show in the resort and another expected at The Layton on Friday night.

Equinox is Andy’s unique and sensational Pink Floyd tribute.

What makes it a true one-off is Andy plays all the parts (guitar solos, synth solos, sax solos etc ) to some of the most complex and rich sounding songs ever written... himself.

His debut Fylde show at The Marton was a complete sell-out, with many Floyd fans unable to get in.

Andy (pictured), who plays in leading Blackpool covers band Heat, will be hoping for more of the same when he takes to the stage at The Layton tomorrow.

He said: “The last gig I did in Blackpool, I did a Thursday night at the Marton Institute which has a capacity of 220. I’d sold a few tickets but by 8pm the place was full, there were 50 people stuck outside who could not get in and I got two standing ovations.”

It seems Marton-based Andy may have hit on to something.

Having backed artists including Bonnie Tyler and PJ Proby in the past, and being in bands since he was 16, this is the first year Andy has showcased his Floyd act.

Certainly the intriguing concept could not be better timed, given Floyd set a record recently with the release of their Endless River album, which was the biggest pre-order ever on Amazon.

Andy plays his guitar linked through synths and his vocals through effects pedals to create the vivid soundscapes behind such monumental music as Another Brick In The Wall, Comfortably Numb and Money to the immortal The Dark Side Of The Moon.

His one-man show was born out of a love of the 
music and wanting to do something different.

Andy explained: “It sounds a bit weird, I grant you, but I think I’ve managed it.

“When I hit 40, I wanted to do something for me, so I joined a Pink Floyd tribute band but it was a big undertaking with 12 musicians all rotating on stage.

“I realised I could play all the parts and that I could make all the lighting and laser designs using a computer so I set off on my own.”

With such a positive reception at Marton, he is looking further afield to take his act across the country.

Andy explained: “I’d love to take my act all over the UK and get it into theatres where people sit down and really enjoy the show.”

* To catch sight of what may soon become a nationwide hit, see Equinox at The Layton, Westcliffe Drive, Blackpool, on Friday.

* Doors open at 8.30pm. Tickets (£4 advance from the Layton or £5 on the door) are available from The Layton (call 01253 395505) or by emailing equinoxxexperience@gmail.com

* Check out a sneak preview via YouTube www.youtube.com/watch?v=11kJn7GXUSs