Classic Album Sundays and The Old Vinyl Factory celebrate the 40th Anniversary of Pink Floyd’s “Dark Side of the Moon”, with a listening session and guest speakers all in aid of War Child.
The Old Vinyl Factory is the site of the former EMI pressing plant, where the first copies of seminal Pink Floyd album rolled of the presses in March 1973. Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy of Classic Album Sundays will host the event, with guest speakers providing a unique insight and perspective on the record and its production. And then the star attraction – the album itself – will receive an uninterrupted vinyl playback on an exquisite sound system provided by Absolute Sounds. With an audio menu that includes an EAT Forte S Turntable, Constellation amplification and Magico S5 Loudspeakers we will certainly be hearing some added details in this recording!
In addition to this unique event on an historic location, there will be an opportunity for guests to view a new exhibition on the site where EMI, the Gramophone Company and labels such as His Master’s Voice were founded during its 90 years of recording history.
The sessions will be hosted in The Vinyl Lounge at The Old Vinyl Factory on Blythe Road, Hayes UB3 1HA. Ticket proceeds will go to the charity War Child and you can buy tickets here. Please arrive by 6 pm to get the whole experience (schedule below).
And the CAS Shop features an album cover print of “The Dark Side of the Moon” signed by Nick Mason and Storm Thorgerson here.
6:00 Guests Arrive
6:30 – 7:00 Tour the EMI Archives Exhibition
7:30 Talk on the history of the EMI Pressing Plant and The Old Vinyl Factory (Saturday with journalist/broadcast and TOVF Historian Johnny Dee and Sunday with former Vinyl Factory Manager Roy Matthews)
8:00 CAS Founder Colleen ‘Cosmo’ Murphy presents “The Dark Side of the Moon”
8:15 Uninterrupted vinyl replay of the Pink Floyd classic on an exquisite sound system from Absolute Sounds