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
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 go on sale from the
Waterside Box Office,
ticketmaster.co.uk at 10.00am on Saturday 23
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
Remaining 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. 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).