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LATEST NEWS......last updated on 20th November 2021

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

COVID-19 SAFETY INFORMATION

ATG who manage the Waterside Theatre are anxious to make the Waterside as safe as possible for you. It will therefore be a requirement that all ticketholders will need to show proof that they are fully vaccinated on arrival or that they have had a negative lateral flow test within 48 hours of arrival. Lateral flow tests will also be available at the door on the night.

You can see the exact arangements HERE.

BIG BIG TRAIN rescheduled to Friday 2 September 2022

 Modern prog heroes Big Big Train were originally scheduled to play Friars Aylesbury on 16 July 2020 which, due to lockdown, was postponed until 18 July 2021. This second date was also not possible due to government regulations on live events. 

Today we are announcing that this long-awaited date will now take place on Friday 2 September 2022.

 Tickets for the new date are on sale now from ATGTickets/Aylesbury, Ticketmaster and See Tickets. If you have tickets for the original date or the first postponed date, please hang on to your tickets….. they will be 100% valid for this new rescheduled date. 

Local prog legends LIFESIGNS will also be appearing with Big Big Train on 2 September 2022 although that is still to be confirmed.

 Big Big Train dropped their stunning new album ‘Common Ground’ on 30 July 2021 which is now available on streaming services, CD & Vinyl. Tracks “The Strangest Times’, ‘All the Love We can Give’, ‘Apollo’ and ‘Common Ground’ just have to be heard. The band released a further new song ‘The Connection Plan’ via streaming services on 24 August 2021 as part of their 'Stay Tuned' series." 

Lifesigns released their excellent third album ‘Altitude’ in March 2021

THE FLAMING LIPS RESCHEDULED FROM 21 JULY 2021 to 30 MAY 2022.

 We were all hoping that The Flaming Lips would be able to play Friars Aylesbury at the Waterside Theatre on 21 July but due to Covid uncertainty, travel and quarantine restrictions and the fact that no band or live event in the UK is able to insure against Covid19, all the Flaming Lips 2021 UK dates have been moved to 2022. 

If you’ve already bought tickets it would help Friars Aylesbury enormously if you would hang on to them. They will be 100% valid for the 30 May 2022 date.

If you cannot attend on 30 May 2022 please contact the ticket agency where you purchased the tickets. (ATG Tickets, Ticketmaster or See Tickets) 

Tickets for the rescheduled date are available now to those who haven’t yet bought tickets.

 As you know the live music industry has been decimated since March 2020 with 99% of all live events being made impossible due to Covid restrictions. Friars Aylesbury is hoping to survive this but we can only do it with your help. This amazing Flaming Lips show will happen, but we’ll all have to wait a while longer. 

The May 30 date will be an important date on the Flaming Lips American Head World tour which will now kick off in the USA this coming Autumn.

We can’t wait for live shows to start again. There’s a light at the end of the tunnel.

 TICKETS on sale now from ATGtickets.com, Seetickets.com and Ticketmaster.co.uk.  

FRIARS AYLESBURY ARCHIVE PROJECT

 The Friars Aylesbury Archive is a not-for-profit project wherein we are trying to create a complete archive of all Friars related memorabilia including Friars news sheets, posters, tickets, video, recordings, press cuttings etc. We are then intending to completely digitise everything so that there is a permanent record of everything that has happened since Friars first started in June 1969. 

In order to finance the project we will be offering for sale items where we have excess copies. Any funds created will be used to add additional security to the archive, digitise the archive and to create a fund to buy any missing items of which there are quite a few, as you will see below. We were recently thrilled to be able to purchase a Friars U2 poster from June 1981 which we’ve been after for many years.

As explained we are very keen to acquire the items we are missing, for the archive. Some people have already kindly donated items to the archive for which we are very grateful, but we are quite prepared to pay for them if necessary.  

These are the missing handouts and posters as of May 2021: 

HANDOUTS 

1971

 

04-Sep

Mott The Hoople + Paul Brett's Sage

 

 

1973

 

10-Feb

Mott The Hoople + Darien Spirit

 

 

1974

 

25-May

Cockney Rebel + BeBop Deluxe

06-Jun

Cockney Rebel + AJ Webber

 

 

1982

 

18-Sep

Simple Minds + Hey! Elastica

 

 

1983

 

29-Jan

Solstice + Pendragon

03-Nov

Public Image Limited

29-Dec

Marillion + Nigel Planer as Neil

 

 

1984

 

17-Feb

Thomas Dolby + Dekka Danse

23-Mar

Ian Dury & The Music Students + MG Giant + Adrenalin

16-Jun

Fiction Factory + House Of Hearts

   

POSTERS   (20” X 30”) 

1969

 

25-Aug

Renaissance

8-Sep

Quintessence + John Peel

13-Oct

 Principal Edwards Magic Theatre

20Oct

Skin Alley

 10-Nov

Caravan

17-Nov

Graham Bond Intiation

   
1970  
5-Jan East of Eden
12-Jan Writing OnThe Wall
2-Feb

Mott The Hoople

9-Feb

Steamhammer

23-Feb

Hawkwind + Mick Softley

2-Mar

Writing On The Wall + Black Apple

9-Mar

The Crazy World Of Arthur Brown + SME

16-Mar

Edgar Broughton Band

23-Mar

Matthews Southern Comfort

6-Apr

Skin Alley

13-Apr

Genesis + Nick Drake

20-Apr

Roy Harper + Mick Softley

27-Apr

Van Der Graaf Generator

4-May

Mott The Hoople + Mick Softley

11-May Bronco
18-May Gypsy + Amber
1-Jun Mick Softley + Roger Ruskin Spear + Wishbone Ash + Les Payne
8-Jun Groundhogs + Chameleon
29_jun Stray
6-Jul Argent
   
1971  
5-Jun Southern Comfort + Help Yourself + Ade Roach
26_un Al Kooper + Hookfoot
2-Jul Lindisfarne + Gilbert Hampshire's Armpit Review
10-Jul Van Der Graaf Generator
31-Jul East Of Eden + Home
21-Aug Hookfoot + Quiver
9-Oct Quintessence
   
1972  
8-Apr Edgar Broughton Band + Mr Moses School Band
22-Apr Hawkwind + Magic Muscle
8-Jul Caravan + Gnidrolog
12-Aug Stray + Snakeye
9-Sep Wizzard + Glencoe
21-Oct Jonathan Kelly + Capability Brown
   
1973  
6-Jan Brinsley Schwarz + Kala
10-Feb Mott The Hoople + Darien Spirit
3-Mar Mott The Hoople + Darien Spirit
26-May Roy Buchanan + Solution
17_jun o'Burg Hawk + Magus + Otway & Barrett (Raban's Rock '73
23-Jun Backdoor + Budgie
7-Jul Jack The Lad + Peter Hammill + Zox & The Radar Boys
18-Aug Jo'Burg Hawk + Glencoe
1-Sep String Driven Thing + Ducks Deluxe
15-Sep Commander Cody and His Lost Planet Airmen + Kilburn and The High Roads
29-Sep Jonathan Kelly + Gryphon
3-Nov Darryl Way's Wolf + Le Orme
17-Nov Stackridge + Aj Webber + Warrior
1-Dec Gong
7-Dec Carmen + Rotgut
22-Dec Ducks Deluxe + Starry Eyed And Laughing
29-Dec String Driven Thing + Kilburn and The High Roads
   
1974  
2-Feb Greenslade + Chilli Willi & The Red Hot Peppers
16-Feb Can
2-Mar Queen + Fruupp
9-Mar Manfred Mann's Earth Band + Wally
13-Apr Refugee + Aj Webber
20-Apr Blodwyn Pig + Narnia
8-Jun Silverhead + Blue
21-Jul Capability Brown + Aj Webber + Druid + Palace + Avalon (Raban's Rock '74)
17-Aug Blodwyn Pig + Nutz
21-Dec Jess Roden Band + String Driven Thing
   
1975  
19-Mar Hunter Ronson Band + Warren Harry and The Yum Yum Band
17-May Dr Feelgood + Warren Harry
8-Nov Camel + Asylum
   
1976  
20-Nov The Flamin Groovies + The Vibrators
   
1977  
18-Jun Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers + The Boomtown Rats
   
1978  
7-Jan Osibisa + Spartacus
11-Mar Motorhead + The Radiators From Space
22-Apr The Modern Lovers
28_Jun The Clash + The Coventry Automatics
   
1983  
25-Jun Big Country + The Lotus Eaters + Red Beat
29-Oct The Truth + Screen 3 + Doris and The Dots
5-Nov The Alarm + Basta Roc + Perfect Crime + The Climb
19-Jun Public Image Limited + First Priority
3-Dec Gary Glitter + Gothique
23-Dec The Farmers Boys and The Higsons + Popular Voice
   
1984  
17-Feb Thomas Dolby + Dekka Danse
14-Apr Grandmaster Flash + Mike Bruce + Seelabeelia
23-Jun X-Mal Deutschland + The March Violets + Red Lorry Yellow Lorry
2-Nov Sisters Of Mercy + The Skeletal Family
10-Nov The Alarm + Blue In Heaven
24-Nov The Cult + Balaam and the Angel + Play Dead

 

 

If you have any of the above items and would like to donate them or allow us to purchase them from you we would be enormously grateful. Please contact Sue@fmlmusic.com 

Many thanks

FRIARS 50th ANNIVERSARY PODCASTS

Friars Aylesbury first opened its doors on Monday 2 June 1969. Exactly 50 years later on 2 June 2019, the 6 Friars Founding Fathers reunited in Aylesbury’s Kings Head to talk about the early days of Friars and the first magical years of Friars Aylesbury. 

Those participating are legendary rock journalists Pete Frame and Kris Needs as well as the Friars Founding Fathers Robin Pike, Adrian Roach, Jerry Slater, Terry Harms, John Fowler and David Stopps. Also participating are John Braley who managed the Borough Assembly Hall and the Civic Centre for many years, Stephen Daglish who managed Earth Records and created the Aylesbury Music Town website and Keith Martin who was Friars member No 1. 

http://www.buckstv.co.uk/friars-50th-anniversary-podcast-part-two/ 

http://www.buckstv.co.uk/friars-50th-anniversary-podcast-part-one/

 The photograph below shows those participating in the podcast: 

Left to right: 

Kris Needs, Adrian Roach, Robin Pike, David Stopps, Terry Harms, Jerry Slater and Pete Frame.

 

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 webfeed here

 

Full gallery here

Neale Wareham's gallery here

 

 

Full gallery from Erasure gig here

 

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. goo.gl/D6LbGf

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).

 

 

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