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LATEST NEWS......last updated on 9th April 2018

"Memories are everything apparently, and I have only great ones of the fabulous Friars." David Bowie, February 28th 2014


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 celebrate the fan led petition to rename Aylesbury to Aylesbowie just for one day, someone went to great lengths to alter the town signs leading into town.

Whilst there are many opinions on the statue, most are overwhelmingly positive and the subsequent vandalism on March 26th dismayed the whole town. We are confident the perpetrator will be caught.


Full gallery here

Neale Wareham's gallery here



Full gallery from Erasure gig here


FRIARS LEGENDS CAMEL WILL RETURN TO WHERE IT ALL STARTED, PLAYING THEIR CLASSIC ALBUM ‘MOONMADNESS and other classic Camel tracks, at the Waterside Theatre on 10 September 2018

 Tickets are available now from Waterside Box Office or online from and Tel: 0844 871 7607

The venue will be entirely seated. 

After several years of trying, Friars Aylesbury is ecstatic to be able to announce that Camel will be making their long overdue return after a short break of 37 years. 

Camel played Friars no less than six times in the seventies. They first appeared on May 25 1975 just three months before Friars Phase 2 at the Borough Assembly hall ended. They went down a storm and were immediately booked to play Friars again, which by this time had moved to the Civic Centre. This second gig on Nov 8 1975 was the one that most remember best. It was part of their classic Snow Goose tour which is regarded by many to be Camel’s finest hour. Expect to hear Camel play tracks like ‘Rhayader’ and ‘The Great Marsh’.  

Half of the evening in September 2018 will be their 1976 album ‘Moonmadness’ in its entirety which is regarded by prog rock fans to be a complete classic marking the return of vocals to the band’s music. 

Camel feature main man Andrew Latimer on guitar, Colin Bass on bass, Denis Clement on drums and Peter Jones on keyboards/vocals. 

Prog Rock magazine readers voted the Waterside to be the second best prog rock venue in the country after those amazing Friars gigs by King Crimson and Marillion. The number one venue was the Royal Albert Hall so to come second was quite an achievement.

The Thin White Book now available to purchase

At last it's here!

The 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 Deco Audio/Vicious Squirrel in Kempson Close, Aylesbury (Avoids P&P charges).

All proceeds from the book will go to the Aylesbury Bowie Statue fund. We still need to raise £65K to fully fund the project so every amount helps. The book is written by the legendary Kris Needs and also has contributions from Pete Frame, Robin Pike, Rick Pearce, Vivien Symons, Mike O'Connor and David Stopps. It contains some amazing Friars Aylesbury photographs by Michael Putland and Mick Rock as well as copies of the Bowie Friars newsheets, tickets, posters and contracts. Mick Rock’s famous fellatio shot with Bowie and Mick Ronson taken at Friars Aylesbury on 15 July 1972 is included.

For those of you who received copies of the book through the Kickstarter reward packages, here is Kris Needs signing the books (in the same room and on the same sofa that he designed the iconic Friars original news-sheets including the Bowie ones)

The Bowie Statue 'Earthly Messenger' will be unveiled under the arches in Aylesbury Market Square in March 2018

There is also a dedicated website which will be updated over the coming days and weeks



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