you may have seen elsewhere on this site, Friars, in conjunction with
the local Council, put on three open air gigs of which the final one
has never been forgotten by the 20,000 who attended
Gig details for Rabans Rock 73
With the help of Friars, the
local council decided to put on a free festival featuring the best of
the local talent and a name headliner. First time round it was South
Africa's Jo'Burg Hawk.
Gig details for Rabans Rock 74
Second time round in 1974 saw
Palace, Druid, Avalon and Aj Webber perform before the gig was
headlined by Capability Brown
Gig details for Open Air Otway 78
"Let's make this the big one for Otway" he used to
say and this was Friars biggest ever gig. David Stopps wiped his schedule
clean (no other Friars gigs took place in August 78) to ensure this
massive open air gig in Aylesbury's Market Square on Sunday August 13th
went without a hitch. In the end, the crowd was estimated at anything up
to 20,000 and the weather held out.
The plan was to make a film documentary about Friars
but Central decided the Otway story was too good to miss and Otway -
Stardust Man was broadcast throughout the ITV regions in late 1978.
from this gig 1
from this gig 2