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With over 93,000 members Friars Aylesbury is the biggest and one of the most historic clubs in the UK. Ask anyone what Aylesbury is famous for and they will probably say:

 "Ducks and Friars."

Friars is universally acknowledged as having played a role in the careers of David Bowie, Genesis, Mott The Hoople, The Jam, The Clash, The Ramones, Tom Petty, Split Enz, Fleetwood Mac, Dennis Brown, Gregory Isaacs, Blondie, Talking Heads, The Buzzcocks and many more

Iggy Pop 1980 (photo credit Mark Jordan) and Blondie 1977 (photo credit Geoffrey Tyrell)

"I suppose it started for us at the legendary Friars Aylesbury. That's where people got to know us"

Peter Gabriel, Genesis

Friars Aylesbury had 4 different venues in Aylesbury from 1969 to the present day.
The 4 venues were:

New Friarage Hall June 1969-July 1970 (Phase One)
Borough Assembly Hall April 1971-August 1975 (Phase Two)
Civic Centre Sept 1975-June 2010 (Phase Three)
Waterside Theatre Oct 2010 - present day. (Phase Four)

In addition, between 1969-1974, Friars presented concerts in other nearby towns including Watford, Bedford, Dunstable and High Wycombe. However it was Friars Aylesbury that presented most shows and had the reputation.

"In 1969 Mott among a few others brought Friars to its feet in Aylesbury and a cult built up about Dave Stopps, Pete Frame and the lightshow. Bowie thinks he started Friars but Friars was years before his time.....the buzz was in the air, it was like the early West Coast scene and the kids were eager, happy and alive with anticipation"

Ian Hunter, Mott the Hoople

The exhibition will feature rare posters, photographs and memorabilia from Friars extensive archive as well as unique items including guitars, keyboards, horns and drums on loan from artists who have performed there

The exhibition will also relay some of the many stories from artists and Friars members from the many concerts presented over the years. Whilst most of the shows took place in Aylesbury the exhibition will also cover "Foreign Gigs" in towns such as Bedford, Dunstable, Watford, High Wycombe and Princes Risborough.

Friars members and artists have been specially filmed talking about their memories of Friars, which will be shown in a specially created cinema section of the exhibition

"Friars Aylesbury was the gig of gigs.........crack Aylesbury and the Greyhound in Croydon and you've cracked England"

Steve Harley, Cockney Rebel

The Ramones 1977 (photo credit: Geoffrey Tyrell)

"Friars was one of the very few venues outside London that was always at the cutting edge and a genuine style maker. The 100 Club, The Fillmore East, The Whiskey, The Roundhouse, The Roxy....the Pretty Things have played them all and Friars is held in the same regard by us"

Pretty Things

The exhibition will be open to the public from 1st March to 5th July.

Tickets on sale from 1st February 2014

Adults: 4.00
Students/ES40 holders: 2.00

Under 16's: Free
Exhibition Season Ticket: 15.00
Tickets available in advance online from:
www.theticketsellers.co.uk or by phone 0844 870 0000
Booking fees and other charges apply.

Entry is by timed ticket.
Tickets can be booked up to the day before visit to ensure entry.

Tickets also available at the Museum for The Preview Evening and in person on day of visit (subject to availability)

1 March to 31 March: Tuesday to Saturday 10am - 4pm
1 April to 5 July: Tuesday to Saturday 10am 5pm
Also on the following Mondays: 7,14,21 April and 26 May 10am 5pm

Buckinghamshire County Museum, Church Street, Aylesbury HP20 2QP