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
FRIARS AYLESBURY PRESENTS
STEVE HILLAGE + GONG
FRIDAY 15 NOVEMBER 2019
AYLESBURY WATERSIDE THEATRE
TICKETS GO ON SALE THIS FRIDAY 31st
MAY at 10.00am from ATGTickets, Ticketmaster and See Tickets.
Steve Hillage is recognised as one of the
20th Century’s most influential guitarists and
producers and has a long and distinguished history with Friars
He first played Friars in December 1973 at
the Borough Assembly Hall with his band GONG who are reforming
for this 2019 tour and will be supporting Steve on 15 November.
In October 1975 he released his first solo album ‘Fish Rising’
and in 1976 his follow up album ‘L’ which resulted in his first
Friars solo headliner in October 1976. Two more Friars
gigs followed in October 1977 (This was one of the fastest
selling Friars gigs of all time which resulted in him being
presented with the prestigious FA Cup) on his Motivation Radio
tour and in 1978 in conjunction with his ‘Green’ album which was
produced by Pink Floyd’s Nick Mason.
Since then he has been associated with a
myriad of artists and bands including Kevin Ayres, Mike
Oldfield, Hawkwind, Sting, Ozric Tentacles and even Sham’69. As
a producer he has produced The Charlatans, Simple Minds,
Genesis’s Tony Banks and Robyn Hitchcock among many others.
Like Bowie, Steve Hillage has always been
re-inventing himself so it was no surprise that in the late
eighties he became involved with techno/ambient music and along
with his wife Miquette Giraudy (who played with Steve on all his
solo Friars gigs) formed System 7 which had collaborations with
The Orb’s Alex Paterson, Laurent Garnier, Youth and Paul
For this monumental return to Friars
Aylesbury Steve will be playing tracks from his 1970’s albums
Green, L, Fish Rising and Motivation Radio. Reviews of shows
earlier in 2019 have been astonishing. Expect to be moved.
Tickets will be available this coming
Friday at 10.00am from ATG Tickets, Ticketmaster and See
Wow, that SLF/Eddie
gig was something - galleries from that gig and other Friars
gigs this year by clicking the relevant poster
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
Messenger Unveiling 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).
STEVE HACKETT FRIARS AYLESBURY 2
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).