FRIARS AYLESBURY TODAY ANNOUNCES THE
THIRD 2020 FRIARS DATE AT AYLESBURY WATERSIDE THEATRE
available 21 February 10.00am from
Office Telephone: 0844 871 7607
Aylesbury presents one of the most requested, influential,
pioneering and legendary bands from the British punk era.
The Damned were
the first UK punk band to ever release a single, ‘New Rose’ in 1976,
and an album, ‘Damned Damned Damned’ in 1977. They were also the
first UK punk rock band to tour USA. They have had nine top forty
singles ‘Love Song’ and ‘Smash it Up’ (1979), ‘Grimly Fiendish’,
‘The Shadow of Love’ and ‘Is it a Dream?’ (1985), their biggest hit
‘Eloise’ which reached No 3 and ‘Anything’ (1986), as well as
‘Gigolo’ and ‘Alone Again Or’ in 1987. Their biggest album was
undoubtedly 1985’s ‘Phantasmagoria’ produced in New York by Toni
The Damned have
only played Friars Aylesbury once before, on 1 Dec 1979, but it is
remembered as one of the best Friars gigs ever. It was with the
original line-up of singer Dave Vanian, guitarist Brian James,
bassist Captain Sensible and drummer Rat Scabies. The band had many
break-ups and periods of key members not being present in the band
with Rat Scabies finally leaving the band in 1995.
For this 2020
Friars gig the band will be Dave Vanian (vocals), Captain Sensible
(guitar), long time bass player Paul Gray (who originally joined the
band in 1980) and Monty Oxymoron on keyboards who joined the band in
1996. There will also be a top secret new drummer (?).
first gig in July 1976 supporting The Sex Pistols at the 100 Club,
The Damned have had a long and notorious career with involvement
along the way from Chrissie Hynde, Lemmy, Nick Mason and Culture
Club’s Jon Moss amongst many others.
This will be a
long overdue Friars homecoming for one of the most exciting and
influential bands of the past forty years.
THE FLAMING LIPS
24 JULY 2020
available this Friday 31 January 10.00am from Waterside Box Office
Telephone: 0844 871 7607
Aylesbury is excited and honoured to present one of the most
influential American bands of the past 20 years.
This is one of only
four UK concert dates the band will be playing this year in addition
to two festival dates.
The other concert dates will
be Liverpool, Leeds and Bexhill-on-Sea.
Formed in 1983 The Flaming Lips
released several highly acclaimed EPs and albums on the independent
Restless label before signing to Warner Brothers in 1992. They
released their classic breakthrough album ‘The Soft Bulletin’ in
1999 which NME voted ‘Album of the Year’. This was followed by their
2002 album ‘Yoshima Battles the Pink Robots’ which many regard as
their finest work. In February 2007, they were nominated for a
for "Best International Act". The group has won three
including two for
Best Rock Instrumental
They were placed on
list of the "50 Bands to See Before You Die" in 2002.
Lips biggest singles have been The Golden Path (with Chemical
Brothers), ‘Yoshima Battles the Pink Robots Part 1’ and ‘Do You
Realise’ which many regard as one of the most important tracks ever
pioneers in alternative rock, psychedelic rock, post-punk and
experimental rock this July date will feature the band’s founding
members Wayne Coyne on vocals, guitars, keyboards and theremin, and
Michael Ivins on bass, keyboards and backing vocals, alongside
Steven Drozd (guitars, keyboards, bass, drums &, vocals), Derek
Brown (guitars, keyboards, percussion & vocals), Jake Ingalls
(Keyboards & guitars), Matt Duckworth Kirksey (drums, percussion,
keyboards &vocals) and Nick Ley (percussion, drums & samples).
The Flaming Lips are big
supporters of record shops and the annual record store day. On
Record Store Day,
April 22, 2017, the Flaming Lips released Onboard the
International Space Station Concert for Peace, a re-recording of
seven tracks from their album ‘Oczy Mlody’ in a faux live
The band's most recent studio
was released on April 13, 2019 for
Record Store Day.
Big Audio Dynamite
narrates the album; Wayne Coyne said of Jones that "he’s on almost
every song... it really is quite unbelievable."
16 JULY 2020
Emerging prog giants BIG BIG
TRAIN and LAZULI (from France) will play Friars Aylesbury for
the first time on 16 July 2020.
Remaining tickets on sale from Waterside Box Office
ATG Tickets (atgtickets.com), See Tickets (seetickets.com) or
Ticketmaster (ticketmaster.co.uk) or ATG by phone 0844 871
TRAIN and LAZULI – SPEARHEADING THE NEW WAVE OF PROG
take a long time to come to fruition. Both Big Big Train and
Lazuli have been around for a while, slowing building a
dedicated following with their exciting and inspirational music.
Like Steve Hackett’s staggeringly good performance on 2 November
and Camel who played Friars in 2018, both of these bands have an
astonishing level of musicianship. It’s brilliant that these
two bands will be playing Friars – bands that have never played
Friars before – or have they?
connection with the 50 year history of Friars Aylesbury is Big
Big Train’s Dave Gregory who played lead guitar with XTC from
1979 – 1999. Looking back XTC were one of the true pioneer
pop-punk bands of that era. Dave played on their legendary Drums
and Wires album (79), Black Sea (80), English Settlement (82),
Mummer (82), The Big Express (84), Skylarking (86), Oranges &
Lemons (89) and Nonsuch (92). XTC’s singles ‘Making Plans for
Nigel’, ‘Senses Working Overtime’, ‘Sgt Rock is Going to Help
Me’ and ‘Dear God’ will be played forever.
Dave guested on Big Big
Train’s album ‘The Underfall Yard’ in 2009 and joined the band
officially in 2011. The current band line-up is founder Greg
Spawton (bass/keyboards), Nick D’Virgilio (drums), Rachel Hall
(violin/vocals), David Longdon (vocals/flute/keyboards/guitar),
Danny Manners (Keyboards/bass) and Rikard Sjoblom
(keyboards/guitars). Until 2009 Bournemouth based BBT were
active as a mainly studio project led by Spawton and released 12
studio albums and 3 EPs. They performed their first gigs in 17
years in 2015 at King’s Place London which was awarded ‘Event
of the Year’ by Prog magazine. Since then the band have been
playing larger and larger venues. Their 2019 album ‘Grand Tour’
came flying in to the UK Top 40 and was voted ‘Album of The
Year’ by Prog Magazine.
Lazuli were formed in 1998 and come from
the South of France. Somewhere between rock, prog, world music,
poetry and travel the music of Lazuli visits new territories
with an unusual instrumentation: Marimba, French Horn, drums,
percussion, guitars, vocals and a unique instrument created by
Claude Leonetti – The Leode. For Lazuli, songs are canvases on
which they mix colours to paint their own world. Lazuli have
toured with Aylesbury legend Fish. Fish guitarist and local
legend Robin Boult says that they are sensationally good and
remain very French even in their playing. Expect a mass marimba
solo at the end of the set.
Wow, that Steve
Hillage and Gong
gig was amazing - galleries from that gig and the other Friars
gigs this year by clicking the relevant poster.
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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).