everything apparently, and I have only great ones of the
fabulous Friars." David Bowie,
February 28th 2014
We are currently
petitioning Bucks County Museum trust to allow an exhibition to
commemorate Friars 50th birthday in 2019 following on from the
successful exhibition in 2014. Presently they have declined. An
online petition has been set up to campaign for a reversal of
this decision. Full details can be found
STIFF LITTLE FINGERS
EDDIE & THE HOT RODS to play
AYLESBURY 50th Birthday
SATURDAY 25 MAY 2019 at Aylesbury
Tickets go on sale on Friday 29
March at 10.00am from Waterside Box Office and online from
It’s been an astonishing 10 years
since Stiff Little Fingers played Friars Aylesbury but now,
they’re finally back to celebrate 50 glorious years of Friars in
SLF formed in Belfast in 1977 and
burst on to the emerging punk scene in 1978. Along with The
Clash, Sex Pistols, The Ramones, The Jam, Buzzcocks and
Undertones they were at the forefront of the punk movement. They
first played Friars Aylesbury supporting the Tom Robinson Band
in October 1978 and were immediately taken to Friars Aylesburys’
hearts. After that they were regarded as a core Friars Aylesbury
band, and still are. The legendary Jake Burns and Ali McMordie
still front the band as they did in 1978.
Inspired by their anger over The
Troubles in Northern Ireland and declaring that they wanted an
‘alternative Ulster’ for the youth of their country they let it
all out on stage with high energy performances that no one will
ever forget. They still have that same energy throughout their
set and particularly on their iconic anthems ‘Suspect Device’
and ‘Alternative Ulster’.
Following that first FA gig in
1978 SLF were immediately booked back at Friars headlining on 3
Feb 1979 on the Rough Trade Records package which included
Robert Rental & The Normal and Essential Logic which was
followed by another 6 Friars shows in June ’79, July ’80, May
’81, January ’82, November ‘82 and finally in October 2009. In
July 1980 they wanted to put out a live album and decided to
record their London Rainbow show on 20 July and the Friars show
on 25 July. When they listened to the tapes they decided to
take all but one of the tracks from the Friars show as it was so
much better. The resulting Live album was ‘Hanx’ which was
released later that same year.
In November 1982 they were
supported by a band called The Wingnuts which no one knew
anything about except that they were American. The Wingnuts were
due on stage at 8.45pm but at 8.30pm still hadn’t shown up.
David Stopps went up to Jake Burns and asked him if he knew
where they were. Jake said “They always turn up late…we’ve
agreed that they can use our gear” Sure enough at 8.45pm they
did turn up in these crazy wigs and Stopps announced them as
instructed “….from Cinncinnati Ohio….The Wingnuts!” It was only
half way through the first song which was Mud’s ‘Tigerfeet’ that
we all realised they were SLF in disguise. That same night Tom
Robinson turned up and joined them for the final encore which
was ‘2-4-6-8 Motorway’.
But that’s not all! Special
Guests will be the legendary Eddie & The Hot Rods who first
played Friars in February 1976 followed by 4 more headline
Friars appearances in October ‘76, February ‘78 (supported by
Squeeze with Jools Holland), March ‘79 and October 2010 at the
Waterside as special guests to Buzzcocks. They were so good at
that first Friars Phase Four Waterside gig ending with their
iconic version of ‘Gloria’ and their trademark ’Do Anything You
Wanna Do’, that they almost stole the show.
Its totally fitting that SLF and
Eddie & The Hot Rods will be playing the Friars Aylesbury 50th
Birthday Party and its bound to be one of the most exciting
Friars gigs ever.
in its 50th Anniversary year 1969-2019
THE DUNG BEATLES
at the Aylesbury Waterside
performing Abbey Road in its
entirety and other Beatles classics on 26 September 2019
– the 50th anniversary of the release of the Abbey
Tickets on sale from the
Waterside Box Office,
Friars Aylesbury has a long
tradition of supporting local bands and over the years has
supported and presented Marillion, John Otway, Howard Jones,
Callow Saints and many others.
In its 50th
anniversary year Friars now presents Aylesbury heroes The Dung
Beatles who are considered to be one of the very best Beatles
bands in the UK. They will be playing the Abbey Road album in
its entirety, plus other Beatles classics. This gig will be on
Thursday 26 September 2019 which will be 50th
anniversary, to the day, of the release of the Abbey Road
Formed in 2013 and featuring
Steve Hillier (rhythm guitar and vocals), Danny Prendergast
(lead guitar and vocals), Mike Ashton (drums), Phil Toler (bass
guitar and vocals) and Martin Kent (keyboards) the DBs have been
building a solid fanbase throughout Buckinghamshire,
Hertfordshire and Oxfordshire. They have sold out many local
venues including Aylesbury’s Limelight Theatre, St Mary’s
Church, The Elgiva Theatre in Chesham and the Thame Theatre.
They have also played The Cavern
This will be the DBs second
Friars Aylesbury gig as they played at the Earthly
MessengerUnveiling Concert at The Waterside on 25 March 2018
alongside John Otway, Howard Jones and Marillion. They went down
an absolute storm that night. That concert included an
international audience many of whom had flown in to attend the
unveiling. This 26 September Friars concert will be the biggest
concert of their career so far. Big fans themselves, the DBs
focus on playing the Beatles’ songs with as much love and feel
as possible, from the tenderest ballad to the raunchiest rocker,
combining well known classics and more obscure album gems.
Dung Beatles will be augmented on
stage by horn section the Hornettes who are Andrew Dimond
(saxophone), Kathy Gifford (trumpet), Michele Toler (saxophone &
flute) and Toby Whiffin (trombone).
Full Neale Wareham gallery from that
amazing Vaccines gig here
MASON'S SAUCERFUL OF SECRETS
30 April 2019
Last few tickets on sale
Last remaining tickets
from the Waterside Box Office and simultaneously on line from
or from Ticketmaster at
will be limited to a maximum of 4 per person.
Circle seats only available from
Minimum age 16 for standing tickets. No age restriction for
presented Nick Mason only once before when it presented Pink
Floyd on 9 November 1969. Now, almost 50 years later Friars will
present Nick Mason again mostly playing material from the first
two classic Pink Floyd albums ‘The Piper at the Gates of
Dawn’ and ‘A Saucerful of Secrets’.
played four intimate and acclaimed live shows at London’s
Dingwalls and Half Moon Putney in May, Nick Mason’s Saucerful
Of Secrets toured their unique live set of early Pink
Floyd across Europe, including six shows in the UK. The
tickets sold out almost immediately so the five new shows have
been announced including the Friars date.
kindly allowed Friars to exhibit his 1969 ‘Waves’ drum kit in
the 2014 Friars Exhibition which took place at the
Buckinghamshire County Museum.
Mason’s Saucerful Of Secrets
are Nick Mason, Gary Kemp (Spandau Ballet), Guy Pratt (Pink
Floyd), Lee Harris and Dom Beken.
This is an
opportunity to experience Pink Floyd’s celebrated and
significant early body of work played live including songs from
albums 'The Piper At The Gates of Dawn' and 'A
Saucerful Of Secrets’.
bands are as culturally important as Pink Floyd. They are
one of the best selling music artists of all time and Nick
Mason is a co-founder and the only constant member of the
band performing on all of their albums as well as all of their
live shows. This September’s tour is Nick Mason’s first live
music tour since Pink Floyd's Division Bell Tour in 1994, and
the show at Dingwalls (20 May 2018) was his first live
performance since Pink Floyd played at the 2005 Live 8 concert
STEVE HACKETT CONFIRMED FOR FRIARS AYLESBURY 2
NOV 2019 - TICKETS ON SALE NOW,
Friars Aylesbury is over the moon to confirm that Steve Hackett
will be playing as part of Friars Aylesbury’s 50th Year
celebrations, on 2
November 2019. Remaining tickets on sale now from the Waterside Box
Office in person, Online www.atgtickets.com or
by telephone 0844 8717 607.
For the first time ever, Steve will perform the
seminal Genesis album ‘Selling England By The Pound’ in its
entirety. Released in 1973, the album went to No.3 in the UK
charts and has been described as ‘the definitive Genesis album’.
It includes such favourites as ‘Dancing With The Moonlight’,
‘Firth Of Fifth’, ‘Cinema Show’ and, of course, ‘I Know What I
Like (In Your Wardrobe)’. Other favourite classic Genesis tracks
will also feature in the show.
marks the 40th anniversary of one of Steve’s most popular solo
albums Spectral Mornings and Steve will rightly celebrate this
milestone by performing some of the masterpieces from this
Joining Steve on this tour are Roger King
(keyboards), Gary O’Toole (drums/percussion), Rob Townsend
(saxes/flute), Jonas Reingold (bass/twelve string) and Nad Sylvan on vocals.
Fans will also be treated to highlights from Steve’s new album,
to be released in 2019.
HEROES....JUST FOR ONE DAY
The statue was unveiled on Sunday
March 25th to a large crowd, a large audience watching live
online and covered by local and national media. This was
followed by an amazing gig featuring local heroes Marillion,
Howard Jones, John Otway and the Dung Beatles.
To see the statue live, there is a dedicated
Neale Wareham's gallery
Full gallery from Erasure gig
The Thin White
Book now available to purchase
At last it's
Thin White Book - A History of David Bowie and Friars Aylesbury
is now available here from the Friars Aylesbury online shop -
link above in menu or click this link.
If you are in
the Aylesbury area you can also purchase the book from Rocky &
Kook or Aylesbury Music, both in Temple Street, Aylesbury or
Audio/Vicious Squirrel in Kempson Close, Aylesbury
(Avoids P&P charges).