DG To Play Gig In Poland to 100,000

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Further to yesterday’s news that David Gilmour has added several dates to his 2006 tour, he has now added a further night in the wonderful country of Poland!

David has accepted an invitation from Pawel Adamowicz, Major of Gdansk in Poland, to perform a special concert in the Gdansk shipyards on Saturday 26th August. It will mark the 26th anniversary of the founding of Solidarity, and over 100,000 people are expected to attend the open-air event.

The concert, funded by the City of Gdansk and Solidarity, is set to be an annual event, titled “It Started In Gdansk – The Space Of Freedom”. August 26th is a national holiday, celebrating the founding of the Solidarity trade union in 1980; nine years later the Communist Government fell, and Solidarity leader Lech Walesa was elected president of Poland.

Memorial at Gdansk in PolandPawel Adamowicz and Lech Walesa said: “On behalf of Fundacja Gdanska and the City of Gdansk we have pleasure to confirm our very strong commitment to David Gilmour performing on August 26th at the Gdansk Shipyard. It is a National holiday and celebration of freedom and democracy in our country. The concert therefore will generate enormous interest with the public and media”.

It’s apposite for David to be able to visit Poland, since On An Island made it to Number 1 in the charts there and is now certified Platinum. Its memorable ‘OAI’ orchestral arrangements are by celebrated Polish composer Zbigniew Preisner, so the concert should really be something special. No other shows are scheduled at the moment.

Source: [ David Gilmour Website ]