FRIARS AYLESBURY TODAY ANNOUNCES
THE FIRST 2020 FRIARS DATE AT AYLESBURY WATERSIDE THEATRE
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.
We are organising a special
Friars Aylesbury Newsletter Subscribers’ PRESALE this
Wednesday 27 November at 10.00am from ATG Tickets only. (No
presale tickets will be available from Ticketmaster or See
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special code on Tuesday 26th November which you will
need to buy tickets. Presale tickets will be available on
Wednesday from Waterside Box Office, ATGtickets.com or 0844 871
7607. Tickets limited to a max of 6 per person. The Waterside
will be in all-seated format.
Tickets go on general sale on
Friday 29 November at 10.00am from Waterside Box Office
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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).