Otway to take on Cannes and then Friars

John Otway
John Otway

Former Aylesbury dustman turned singer John Otway is taking his rock spoof film to the famous Cannes Film Festival.

The man, who dubs himself Rock N’ Roll’s Greatest Failure, will take his film John Otway: The Movie to France and screen it for moviegoers and producers on Sunday.

Otway will also hold a publicity stunt where 100 people dress in black jeans, a white shirt and a mask of his face to run down the Promenade de la Croisette for a video.

It follows the news that Otway and Aylesbury’s home grown supergroup Marillion have been confirmed to appear at Friars Music Club.

Marillion will take to the stage on Saturday November 9, with tickets on sale from June 1.

The Aylesbury-based band had huge success in the 1980s and 90s with songs such as Kayleigh and Market Square Heroes.

On Sunday July 14 John Otway will be in attendance at the screening of his film Otway –The Movie in the theatre’s Second Space.

The film, originally premiered at London’s Leicester Square Theatre, London, last October, documents Otway’s career to date. There are two showings 4pm and 7.30pm. Tickets go on sale on Saturday at the Waterside box office.

Last week following the sell- out concert by The Specials at Aylesbury Waterside Theatre, former Genesis guitarist Steve Hackett packed out the theatre.

More than 1,000 Aylesbury Genesis fans were indulged by Hackett’s accomplished and mesmerising guitar playing amidst brief performances from special guests like Nic Kershaw, John Wetton (Roxy Music/Asia fame) Steve Rothery (Marillion) and Jakko Jakszyk (Level 42).

Friars promoter David Stopps said: “It was great to be able to present my good friend Steve Hackett at Friars Aylesbury with state-of-the-art sound system and lighting.

“This was the first date on his world tour where he brought in full production complete with LED screens.

“The musical standard of the two-hour and 40 minutes set was breathtaking. The reaction from those who were there was overwhelmingly positive.”

Stars like David Bowie, U2, The Police, Genesis, the Clash and many others have rocked Aylesbury over three decades. But since the closure of Aylesbury’s Civic Centre in 2009 live music has taken a back seat at the Waterside. The last Friars gig was back in 2009 shortly after the theatre opened.

Now with new momentum from Stopps and son Joseph, Friars is back with a bang.

Two class acts in less than a week has kick-started a nostalgia boom for Aylesbury music fans. And there are promises of much more to come.