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Lottery bid to celebrate Pink Floyd's Brighton gigs
4:30pm Monday 20th August 2012 in News
The Brighton Dome is bidding for lottery money to help celebrate the most famous gigs ever held there.
The performances of Pink Floyd’s epic album Dark Side of the Moon, performed in 1972, were a momentous occasion in the music venue's history.
The band debuted some of the legendary album's tracks in three performances beset with technical difficulties.
The Heritage Lottery Fund would allow it to share the history of the venue and its special association with Pink Floyd.
An online petition has been set up on a fan website for people to back the campaign for funding.
It says: “As a fan, I want to be part of the Dome’s initiative to recreate the history and conserve the legacy of Pink Floyd at The Dome.
“I want to learn more about the live shows there, understand better the local significance and culture, and the part the Dome played to Pink Floyd.
“The PF community and the Dome’s community can and should participate more widely with the global community of music listeners to interact, engage, and share this valuable social history.”
The site is also looking for anyone who was at the shows to contact them to gather memories and pictures as part of the research process.
Amanda Jones, deputy chief executive at Brighton Dome and Festival, said: “Pink Floyd’s concert 40 years ago is one of many live shows that together create Brighton Dome’s rich performance history.
“We’re incredibly grateful for the support of visitors to the website and are excited that such strong examples of community support will help us towards success in our bid for Heritage Lottery Funding.
“We are seeking funding to enable us to collect and interpret a series of oral histories, memories and artefacts from those who attended performances such as these, which – through our access and participation activities – will enable Brighton’s diverse communities, along with many visitors to the city, to learn about and celebrate Brighton Dome’s legacy.”
Dark Side of the Moon is one of the best selling albums of all time and is regularly in the top 100 best albums of all time lists.
The Brighton gigs were commemorated this year in a special photography exhibition at the Dome .
Were you at one of the gigs? Tell us your memories.