This Friars Aylesbury concert featuring Marillion, Howard Jones, John Otway and The Dung Beatles will be a festival of the best of Aylesbury area live music with all proceeds going towards the Earthly messenger David Bowie Statue fund.
The Dung Beatles are one of the best bands to have emerged from
Aylesbury in the past 5 years. Their renditions of the Beatles classics have built them a large Buckinghamshire following which is rapidly growing. The Dung Beatles are Steve Hillier (Guitar/vocals), Danny Prendergast (guitar/vocals), Phil Toler (bass/vocals), Mike Ashton (drums) and Martin Kent (keyboards).
John Otway is simply a living Aylesbury legend. Last year he recorded his first studio album for many years in Montserrat and was the first artist to record there since most of the island, including George Martin‘s studio, was destroyed by Hurricane Hugo in 1989. When John appeared at Friars by way of a free concert in 1978 over 20,000 people turned up in Aylesbury Market Square. This will be a wonderful homecoming for one of Aylesbury’s most famous sons.
Howard Jones comes from High Wycombe but was a regular at Friars Aylesbury when he broke to national fame in the early eighties. Managed by Friars promoter David Stopps from 1982-2015 Howard continues to expand his worldwide audience. To date he has had nine top twenty hits in the UK and has sold over 8 million albums worldwide. This will be Howard’s first Friars Aylesbury appearance since 1984 and will be an emotional homecoming to one of the most talented artists out there. Local guitar legend Robin Boult and drummer Jonathan Atkinson will be playing on stage with Howard.
Marillion are getting bigger and bigger exponentially. They have sold out Friars twice in recent years and sold-out the Royal Albert Hall in just a few hours back in the summer of 2017. They virtually invented the concept of crowd-funding and have a reputation for loyally looking after their fans. Marillion are of course Steve Hogarth (vocals/keyboards), Steve Rothery (guitar), Pete Trewavas (bass), Ian Mosely (drums) and Mark Kelly (keyboards). Superbeing Steve Hogarth was particularly supportive of the Bowie Statue campaign in the early stages, even writing to the Bucks Herald, and we’re very grateful to him.
Not one to miss.