Friday 15th March 2019
Christie's Guitar Auction – London Preview Exhibition

In advance of the New York sale, the entire David Gilmour Collection will be exhibited at Christie's London followed by highlights in Los Angeles and will conclude with a full preview in New York.

The world tour of The David Gilmour Guitar Collection will launch at Christie's London (8 King Street, London SW1Y 6QT) on Wednesday 27th March, where you can preview David's personal collection of over 120 guitars, to be auctioned later this year in New York – including the legendary 'Black Strat' played on The Dark Side of the Moon, Wish You Were Here, Animals, and The Wall. The sale is the largest and most comprehensive collection of guitars to be offered at auction, with proceeds to benefit charity.

The exhibition is free and open to all, but reservations are required – please book your preferred date and time via this link.

Wednesday 6th March 2019
Christie's Guitar Auction Catalogue available for pre-order

In what is bound to be a heavily-subscribed issue, Christie's the auctioneers have announced that they are making available for pre-order the catalogue for David's charity guitar auction. As you would imagine for a sale of this importance, the catalogue will feature a photo of each of the 120+ guitars under the hammer, each with a description of the guitar's provenance and history. The descriptions vary in length, with some going into much detail, including previously unpublished anecdotes.

Pre-order the catalogue at this link to get an item that is certain to be appreciated by guitar lovers around the world, whether or not participating in David's historic charity auction.

Please note that catalogues will not be despatched until the week commencing 13th May.

Tuesday 29th January 2019
Christie's to Auction more than 120 of David's Guitars for Charity in New York on Thursday 20th June 2019

David playing 'The Black Strat' for the 'Live at Abbey Road' series, 29th August 2006.
Photo: Polly Samson.

Christie's auctioneers will be hosting an auction of some of the highlights of David's personal guitar collection on Thursday 20th June 2019 in New York. Focussing on a selection of David's guitars, including Fenders, Gibsons and Martins, amongst others, the auction will be led by David's historic 'Black Strat', his 1969 black Fender Stratocaster, with which he is closely associated. The sale will be the largest and most comprehensive collection of guitars to be offered at auction, with all sale proceeds benefitting charitable causes.

A global tour of the collection will launch in London at Christie's, King Street, from March 27-31, 2019, where the full collection will be on display, followed by highlights in Los Angeles May 7-11, and then the New York sale preview ahead of the auction from June 14-19. During the exhibitions, sound experience will be provided by Sennheiser.

David said: "These guitars have been very good to me and many of them have given me pieces of music over the years. They have paid for themselves many times over, but it's now time that they moved on. Guitars were made to be played and it is my wish that wherever they end up, they continue to give their owners the gift of music. By auctioning these guitars I hope that I can give some help where it is really needed and through my charitable foundation do some good in this world. It will be a wrench to see them go and perhaps one day I'll have to track one or two of them down and buy them back!"

Gavin Elder has directed a short film of David talking about his guitars.
View it here.

For more details, please visit:

Friday 14th December 2018
David performs with The Pretty Things and Van Morrison

David fulfilled his promise last night to former Harvest stable mates The Pretty Things, joining them onstage at their last-ever performance. The Indigo space at the O2 Arena was the venue for a rapturously received, sold out show, which saw the Dartford, Kent, band officially bow out after 55 years of live performing. Formed by ex-Rolling Stone Dick Taylor and singer Phil May, the band went through several musical incarnations in their career, all represented across a 3-part set spanning three hours.

The central section included a large portion of the band's rock opera S. F. Sorrow, certainly one of the first, which was released on EMI's Harvest imprint in December 1968, produced by Norman Smith. At last night's show, David played on several tracks from the album, including She Says Good Morning, Baron Saturday, I See You, and Old Man Going, as well as adding exhilarating solos to Cries From The Midnight Circus, from the subsequent Parachute album.

The farewell show also featured guest appearances from Van Morrison, who joined David alongside The Pretty Things on one of the encores, a high energy rendition of Bo Diddley's Roadrunner, originally included on the Pretty Things' 1965 debut album, helping to bring things full circle. For those who were there it was a very exciting night, the contributions of the special guests helping to celebrate one of the UK's original 1960's musical pioneers.

Photo: Chris Salmon.

Friday 7th December 2018
Soul Music: Shine On You Crazy Diamond

BBC Radio 4's Soul Music programme on Wednesday 26th December (9.00am, repeated at 9.30pm; then available, as a podcast, on the BBC Sounds app.) features Shine On You Crazy Diamond discussed by voices including David Gilmour.

Written about Syd Barrett, their former band member, it's both a tribute, and a call for him to "shine on" despite suffering serious mental health issues. David Gilmour recalls the legendary day that Syd Barrett unexpectedly appeared in the studio where they were recording Wish You Were Here, the album bookended by Shine On. Nobody recognised Syd at first; once handsome and slender, he'd gained weight and shaved his head and eyebrows.

Another contributor to the programme, Anna Gascoigne, talks about the pain of losing her son, Jay. He was a gentle boy, a talented musician, who eventually succumbed to the multiple mental health problems he had battled for years. Shine On You Crazy Diamond, for Anna, speaks directly to her of Jay; he loved Pink Floyd and Shine On was played at his memorial service. Anna, herself, was driven to the brink of suicide by her son's death. It was the support of her family – including her brother, Paul Gascoigne – that helped her to carry on.

Ed Steelefox, a DJ based in Worcester, describes a New Year's Eve house-party of a few years ago: as the guests gradually fell asleep he chose to slip out the door leaving a non-stop playlist of different, live, versions of 'Shine On You Crazy Diamond' to penetrate their dreams.

And Professor Allan Moore, a regular Soul Music contributor, takes to the grand piano to play and talk about what it is in the track that is so directly reminiscent of Syd Barrett.

Wednesday 10th October 2018
Vote for Rattle That Lock Art

Vote for Rattle That Lock ArtTo coincide with this weekend's National Album Day in the UK, a competition has been launched to nominate the best album sleeve from the past 70 years, including David Gilmour's Rattle That Lock. Participants must click on their three favourite sleeves from the 70 featured on the website. An album sleeve was chosen for each year, with Rattle That Lock representing 2015. To vote, click here. The winning sleeve will be announced on Tuesday 20th November 2018.

To coincide, a touring exhibition of some of the sleeves, including Rattle That Lock, opened on Monday 8th October at London's Waterloo railway station. The exhibition showcases the album covers chosen by a panel of judges, and moves to Manchester's Piccadilly station from Monday 22nd October, then Glasgow Central from Tuesday 6th November. For more information, please click here.

Saturday 29th September 2018
Live At Pompeii: One Year On

To celebrate the first anniversary of the release of the live film/album, David has participated in a fan Q&A. Click here to see the result.

Saturday 10th February 2018
Awards For 'Live At Pompeii'

The David Gilmour Live At Pompeii cinema event has been awarded a Silver Medal at this year's Event Cinema Association (ECA) Awards in London. The awards celebrate event cinema, with the goal of raising the profile and understanding of the sector, bestowing medals to celebrate different levels of achievement. Live At Pompeii, with worldwide admissions of nearly 400,000, was awarded a Silver Medal.

Trafalgar Releasing's Director of Distribution Alice De Rosa said, "It is an honour to be recognised today by the ECA, on the first anniversary of the new company, with box office achievement awards [including] David Gilmour Live At Pompeii".

In separate news, the readers of Prog Magazine voted David Gilmour Live At Pompeii 'Best multimedia package of 2017'.

Thursday 14th December 2017
Crisis at Christmas

Help Crisis raise vital funds and awareness this Christmas by purchasing the new version of Streets of London by Ralph McTell, featuring the Crisis Choir and guest vocalist Annie Lennox.

The song is 50 years old, as is the homelessness charity of which David Gilmour is vice president, and is being released to raise money to support thousands of people facing homelessness this Christmas – many of whom would otherwise have nowhere to turn over the winter months.

All proceeds from the single will go to Crisis. It is available here.

Wednesday 8th November 2017
Live At Pompeii on TV

A 60-minute version of David Gilmour Live At Pompeii will be broadcast on BBC Two TV at 10.40pm on Saturday 18th November, and will feature solo material alongside Pink Floyd classics.

UK residents will be able to watch the show on the BBC iPlayer for 30 days after transmission.

Monday 23rd October 2017
David is Front Row this weekend

Photo: Polly Samson.

The UK's BBC Two television show Front Row is being presented by Cambridge classicist Mary Beard on Saturday 28th October; during the show Mary will be speaking to David about his recent film Live At Pompeii, which documents the first ever rock concert for an audience in the historic site. David will then perform A Boat Lies Waiting live in the studio.

For more details about the show, which starts at 7.30pm (UK), click here.

For additional Front Row photos from Polly Samson, click here.

Thursday 19th October 2017
Live At Pompeii Tops Charts

David's album Live At Pompeii has performed very well in the UK and International charts, even taking into account that DVD and Blu-ray sales do not contribute to the CD charts and vice versa. It hit the Top 5 in 11 countries, two of which equalled the chart peak of David's previous album Rattle That Lock: Number 1 in Italy and Number 2 in Germany.

In the UK the album charted at Number 3, and other International positions included: Number 1 in The Czech Republic and Italy; Number 2 in The Netherlands, New Zealand, Portugal and Germany; Number 3 in Sweden and Belgium; Number 4 in Norway and Switzerland; Number 5 in France; Number 6 in Spain, Austria and Hungary; Number 7 in Canada and Poland; Number 9 in Finland; and Number 12 in Sweden. In the US, Live At Pompeii was Number 4 Rock Album and Number 45 for the Billboard Top Albums.

The DVD/Blu-ray release fared equally well, and hit Number 1 in its relevant chart in the UK, Australia, Canada, Sweden, and The Netherlands, as well as Number 5 in France.

Finally, even the 4-LP vinyl set scored, with a Number 1 in the vinyl chart in Italy, Number 2 in Sweden, and Number 13 in the US.

Many thanks to all the fans who supported the release, with such great results.

Friday 29th September 2017
Live At Pompeii Released Today

Finally, the wait is over. Released today via Sony Music, the much-anticipated Live At Pompeii album is available on 2-CD, Blu-ray, 2-DVD, 4-LP, deluxe Blu-ray box, and download.

For more information, please click here.

The Blu-ray and DVDs include highlights from the concert performances of both of David's Pompeii shows in July 2016, filmed in 4K by director Gavin Elder. The audio, available on CD and LP, was mixed by Andy Jackson and David Gilmour, with Damon Iddins. The formats run to around 148 minutes each, with more than two additional hours of material included in the deluxe 4-disc Blu-ray/CD set.

The album release follows a one-off cinema showing in more than 2,500 cinemas around the world, which broke records for a music screening event, topping the box office in several countries, including Germany, Italy and France, as well reaching No. 2 in the UK, No. 3 in Mexico and hitting the Top 5 in Australia, Denmark, and The Netherlands.

The concert is a spectacular audio-visual experience, featuring the famous huge circular cyclorama screen as well as lasers, pyrotechnics and stellar performances from an all-star band. Live At Pompeii shows an artist at a creative peak, in a unique setting, on a very special occasion and is simply not to be missed.

Friday 8th September 2017
One Of These Days available as an Instant Grat

An iTunes audio Instant Grat is a way for consumers to get a track in advance of an album release, which acts as a 'deposit' against a subsequent purchase of the digital version of the album, slotting into the full downloaded file. One Of These Days has just been made available as the second Instant Grat from David's forthcoming Live At Pompeii album, and the video clip can be seen above.

Directed by Gavin Elder, it is included in the worldwide one-off Live At Pompeii cinema feature performance on Wednesday 13th September, as well as on the Blu-ray, DVD, and Deluxe 4-disc versions, which are all available from Friday 29th September. The audio and audio-visual formats all contain at least 148 minutes of music; for more details, please go to

Saturday 2nd September 2017
David Appears on US National Public Radio's World Café, September 6

World Café is a two-hour-long music radio programme that originates from WXPN in Philadelphia, USA, and is nationally syndicated there by National Public Radio (NPR).

World Café features live performances and interviews with established artists, and they will be broadcasting David's episode on Wednesday 6th September as part of World Café Words and Music.

The programme can be heard on over 200 stations nationwide in the US: fans can tune into their local affiliate station at the scheduled World Café broadcast time, and should check local listings for details. To listen live online around the world, fans can hear the WXPN Philadelphia stream at 2pm Eastern Time at by choosing WXPN from the 'Listen Live' drop-down at the top of the page.

David's segment will also be archived for on-demand streaming at at approximately 5pm Eastern Time on the day of broadcast. We hope to receive the dedicated link to the broadcast from World Café before the air date, and will post it here in an update as soon as we do.

Friday 21st July 2017
Live At Pompeii Release

Only a select few fans were able to witness David's ground-breaking return to the Pompeii amphitheatre for a brace of incredible performances in July 2016, but from 29th September everyone will be able to experience them, with the release of the recording of those concerts on CD, Blu-Ray, DVD, LP, and download.

Released via Sony Music, Live At Pompeii will be available on 2-CD, Blu-ray, 2-DVD, 4-LP, deluxe Blu-ray box, and download. For pre-order information, please click here. The Blu-ray and DVDs include highlights from the concert performances of both shows, filmed in 4K by director Gavin Elder. The audio, available on CD and LP, was mixed by Andy Jackson and David Gilmour, with Damon Iddins. The formats run to around 148 minutes each, with more than two additional hours of material included in the deluxe 4-disc Blu-ray/CD set.

The Pompeii concerts marked a return by David to the venue 45 years after Pink Floyd filmed in the legendary Roman Amphitheatre there, his two spectacular shows forming part of the year-long tour in support of the No. 1 album Rattle That Lock. David's performances were the first-ever rock concerts for an audience in the stone Roman amphitheatre, and, for two nights only, the 2,600-strong crowd stood exactly where gladiators would have fought in the first century AD.

The stellar performances are complemented by an audio-visual spectacle, featuring lasers, pyrotechnics and a trademark huge circular screen, but paramount is the astonishing music; the show includes songs from throughout David's career, solo and with Pink Floyd, including One Of These Days, the only song that was also performed by the band there in 1971, and six songs from Rattle That Lock, as well as two from 2006's On An Island.

The release of Live At Pompeii will be preceded by a worldwide cinema screening of around 107 minutes – see News story, below, for more details. In whichever medium it is enjoyed, Live At Pompeii showcases an artist at the top of his artistic game, performing incredible material with his world-class band, in a unique setting, on one very special occasion.

Wednesday 12th July 2017
Live At Pompeii Trailer

Distributors Trafalgar Releasing have just launched the trailer for the September 13th, one night only, cinema showing of the David Gilmour Live At Pompeii film.

Over 2,000 cinemas worldwide will be showing the film, directed in 4K by Gavin Elder and shot at David's groundbreaking concerts in the amphitheatre at Pompeii, Italy, on July 7th and 8th last year. Where the cinema is able to support the formats, the film will be presented in 4K and Dolby Atmos; please check locally for details.

Please see the previous news story, below, for more details.

Wednesday 7th June 2017

Thanks for the song Billy Bragg.

Wednesday 31st May 2017
David Gilmour Live At Pompeii for One Night Only

David Gilmour Live At Pompeii Poster 2017For one night only on September 13th 2017, over 2,000 cinemas worldwide will be showing David Gilmour Live At Pompeii.

The concert performance film, David Gilmour Live At Pompeii, will be distributed to cinemas worldwide by Trafalgar Releasing on Wednesday 13th September and will include highlights from both shows, filmed in 4K by director Gavin Elder, and will be presented in Dolby Atmos sound.

On July 7th & 8th 2016, David Gilmour performed two spectacular shows at the legendary Pompeii Amphitheatre in the shadow of Mount Vesuvius, 45 years after he first played there for Adrian Maben's classic film Pink Floyd Live At Pompeii.

The concerts were the first-ever rock performances played to an audience in the ancient Roman amphitheatre, which was built in 90 BC and entombed in ash when Vesuvius erupted in AD 79. David Gilmour is the only performer to play to an audience in the arena since the time of the gladiators, almost 2,000 years ago.

Speaking about the Pompeii shows David commented, 'It's a magical place and coming back and seeing the stage and the arena was quite overwhelming. It's a place of ghosts...'.

As well as including songs from throughout David's solo career, including the title tracks of his two most recent No. 1 solo albums, Rattle That Lock and On An Island, the show will include other solo and Pink Floyd classics such as Wish You Were Here, Comfortably Numb, and One Of These Days, the only song that was also performed by the band in 1971. Both concerts also saw very special performances of The Great Gig In The Sky from The Dark Side Of The Moon, which David rarely plays as a solo artist.

The concert is a spectacular audio-visual experience, featuring the famous huge circular cyclorama screen as well as lasers, pyrotechnics and stellar performances from an all-star band.

David Gilmour Live At Pompeii shows an artist at a creative peak, in a unique setting, on a very special occasion and is not to be missed on the big screen.

Tickets are now on sale worldwide with more cinemas to follow soon, including Latin America and Central America. Via 'Demand It', if David Gilmour Live at Pompeii is not screening in a specific area, fans can make a request for it by filling out a form on the Website, and Trafalgar Releasing will do their best to bring the event to a cinema near them.

Monday 22nd May 2017
Urgent Message from David Gilmour

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Wednesday 5th April 2017
And the winner is . . .

David Gilmour won Concert of the Year at yesterday's LEA awards in Germany for the show at Schönbrunn Palace, Vienna, on June 28th 2016, ahead of fellow nominees Adele, Andreas Gabalier, Iron Maiden, and Yello.

More than 500 live productions were screened in the year 2016 by PRG LEA's jury, composed of renowned music journalists, radio broadcasters and cultural managers. It also assessed the outstanding achievements of promoters, artisans, booking agencies and tour operators.

Barracuda Music promoted both of David's shows at the Vienna venue.

Polly Samson has been made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature

Thursday 7th June 2018

We are very happy to announce that Polly Samson has been made a Fellow of the Royal Society of Literature.

For nearly 200 years, the RSL has celebrated and nurtured all that is best in British literature, past and present.

Polly's current fellows include Margaret Atwood, Martin Amis and Rose Tremain.

Fellows are given a choice of pens with which to sign the register from TS Eliot, Lord Byron and George Eliot.

Polly signed using a pen that once belonged to one of Britain's greatest ever poets, Lord Byron.

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