“Hobble On The Cobbles”, Aylesbury, 24th August 2014
“The Dung Beatles kicked off the Covers Band Stage in Kingsbury with a very impressive set, and their half hour slot didn’t seem long enough.”
Heather Jan Brunt, writing in The Bucks Herald
“The Dung Beatles went down a storm on the covers stage in Kingsbury”
Photo caption in The Bucks Herald
Stanton Village Club 28th June 2014
“What a fantastic night at Stanton Village Club last night with you guys. Thank you so much. One of the best nights we have had !! So much fun, brilliant music, great band. Cheers and see you soon”
Robin Williams – events organiser, Stanton Village Club
St Johns Sports & Social Club 11th May 2014
“The Dung Beatles played at our Charity Football and Family Fun Day for Cancer Research at St John’s FC in Stone at the weekend. Phil was really helpful in setting up the sound system for the day and literally gave a whole afternoon and evening of his own time. The band were absolutely amazing and did a great job, everybody was buzzing about them afterwards and the feedback since has been fantastic. They made the afternoon what it was and were really kind in lending out their equipment to the bands that played before them. We owe The Dung Beatles a huge thanks for everything and would be honoured to work with them again in the future”
Lou Harrison – Reflexions
“A Hard Day’s Night 50th Anniversary at The Turk’s Head, Twickenham 27th April 2014
“For me the Trembling Wilburys were superb as were The Dung Beatles, who closed the event, but all the bands who were there deserve a lot of credit for their performances and each and every one played their part in a superb day. By the time the curtain came down it was 10.40 in the evening and we had seen some wonderful bands and had a great day.”
Ernie Sutton/Terry Bloxham – The British Beatles Fan Club http://www.britishbeatlesfanclub.co.uk/2014_05_01_archive.html
Missenden Abbey 29th March 2014
“We would like to say a huge thank you to the Dung Beatles for putting on such a great night for us at Missenden Abbey on 29th March. I don’t think there was anybody who didn’t get up and have a dance to the irresistible tunes of the Beatles, performed so brilliantly by the band. All comments from our guests have been positive and in addition to this we raised an incredible £2,800 for our charity that will be used to benefit very sick children who are suffering from cancer. We couldn’t have achieved this without your help and we are very grateful that you chose to support us. Thanks guys, we really appreciate your kindness and can’t wait to hear the Dung Beatles again in the future”
Elaine Ball – The Thomas Ball Children’s Cancer Fund http://www.thomasball.org.uk
Limelight Theatre (QPC Aylesbury) 7th & 8th March:-
“I saw these guys recently when they played at the Limelight Theatre, Aylesbury. Really ‘pro’ and ‘tight’. They played LOTS of my very favourite numbers, brilliant guitar work and great harmonies too – I loved their attention to detail. Too good to miss – a great night”
“Fab evening guys – great music and great fun!!”
Laura via Facebook
Feb 15th Charity Gala – Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospital Trust:- we would like to say a big “thank you” to Chief Executive Gill Raikes MBE for her kind letter on behalf of the charity…
“”You were absolutely terrific at the Valentine’s Dinner and Dance. The music was fantastic…”
“We would love to engage you again for a future event – you were very popular and I thought you were extremely professional musicians”
New Year’s Eve 31st Dec 2013 at “The Full Moon”, Little Kinghill:-
“You guys really made this New Year Eve a special occasion. Not the first time I have seen the band but it amazes me how you manage to sound so like The Fab Four. Keep up the great work, I look forward to your next gig. For those people who have not seen these guys YOU’RE MISSING OUT!!!”
Denis Williams – guest
Mentmore Golf Club Christmas Dinner & Dance 14th Dec 2013:-
“Just want to say Steve and the guys made our Christmas party at Mentmore on the 14th December one to remember, a fantastic acoustic set to lead off followed by an electric set to keep the party going. Hard to believe they have only been together a short while as everything was so tight especially for such a long set – also had time to fit in a request or two. Keep it going guys, looking forward to seeing you again”
Jon Dymock – guest
9th November 2013 – private function at The Spreadeagle Hotel Thame
“It was indeed our pleasure to have you entertain us on Saturday night and everyone, without exception, commented on your talent…on a personal note, I do hope our paths will cross again sometime soon – I for one will certainly look forward to a good “bop”.”
Christeen (via email) – guest/organiser
Beatles 50th anniversary concert at The Waterside Theatre on 25th Oct 2013:-
“We loved the gig at Aylesbury Waterside second space, if you get the chance – go and see these guys, they are brilliant! A thoroughly entertaining evening, thank you”
Sue and Graham Severn
28th September 2013 at the Top Club, Wolverton, Milton Keynes
“It was a great night and performance, afraid missed the last set as my wife was on early shift the next morning. Would have loved to stay. The feedback was excellent – not one negative, so certainly hope there will be a future date next year for your return”
Message from the club manager via email
Missenden Abbey 28th June 2013:-
“What a great night with The Dung Beatles at Missenden Abbey, a superb band that knew their audience well which meant they had the sell-out crowd dancing till the small hours. They’ll be back next year at the Abbey and I would be happy to recommend.”
Nicole Sadd – Commercial Sales Manager – Missenden Abbey
June 2013 Brill Social Club Buckinghamshire. Private event.
“Thanks so much for providing such lively music for Andy’s 50th birthday party. You were even better than I remembered and so many of our friends are raving about you too now and a group of us will definitely be booking tickets for your next gig! You really helped make the party a truly memorable evening and you’re such a nice friendly and thoughtful bunch of guys too – many thanks and see you soon!”
Judith Dickinson – organiser
March 2013 Rivets Social Club Aylesbury
“The Dung Beatles gave everyone there a truly great evening. They played many of the Beatles classics. The dance floor was crowded and it was a real party atmosphere.”
Review from Rivets club website
“Thanks so much for giving us a wonderful night’s entertainment. We look forward to having you back to play in our Members bar”. –
June Cartwright, Organiser – Rivets events
March 2013 Limelight Theatre Aylesbury
“I have seen a few tribute bands in my day but I admit that the Dung Beatles really did impress me! First of all, let me say that the Dung Beatles are not your average Beatles tribute band – no costumes, no wigs (well, the bass player was sporting one) and they didn’t play just the most well-known Beatles songs. Musically, that was so nice and refreshing. This is a band that plays Beatles songs because they like, no, LOVE, Beatles songs – no gimmicks, no tricks – just pure, unadulterated fun.”
Terry Bloxham – membership secretary – British Beatles Fan Club
“What a wonderful evening at the Limelight in Aylesbury. The venue was packed out and the audience loved every minute of it. Will definitely go to another gig. Also how lovely to play for charity events. Good on you guys!”
Maggie Boyd – guest
“Can only reiterate the positive comments. Great evening at the Limelight in Aylesbury last week with a tight set, great atmosphere and the authentic sound of the Beatles. Recommended.”
Brian Hardie – guest
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Sunday 31st August – “Parklife” – Vale Park, Aylesbury.
Saturday 30th August – Watermead, Aylesbury. Community event to commemorate World War One, in support of charities “Help For Heroes” and “The Royal British Legion”. Also featuring “Chiltern Hills Brass” and “Sunfly”
Sunday 24th August – “Hobble On The Cobbles”, Aylesbury
Saturday 23rd August – Brill Beer Festival
Sunday 6th July – Alvin’s “Picnic In The Park”, Stoke Mandeville
Saturday 5th July – Private party, Little Kingshill
Sunday 29th June – Beer Festival at The Full Moon, Little Kingshill
Saturday 28th June – Stanton Village Club
Saturday 21st June (evening) – Mentmore Golf Club – “Captain’s Day”
Saturday 21st June (daytime) – Beacon Festival, Watlington Farm, Oxfordshire
Sunday 8th June at The Cavern, Liverpool, in The Live Lounge. Part of an afternoon festival running from 2pm till 6pm, supporting the fast rising young band “Spiral Vanilla”, who launched their first album “bulletproof dreams”. Also featuring “Indigo Sky”, “AKA” and “Portalights”.
Saturday 24th May at The Court Theatre @ Pendley, Tring, supporting our excellent ska music friends “SkaSouls UK”.
Sunday 11th May at St John’s Sports and Social Club, Oxford Road, Stone, Aylesbury HP17 8PT. Charity event in aid of Cancer Research, organised and sponsored by “Reflexions” Health Club, Watermead, Aylesbury.
Sunday 4th May at The Lion, Waddesdon, supporting the Helen And Douglas House Charity http://www.helenanddouglas.org.uk/
27th April. Event to celebrate 50 years since The Beatles movie “A Hard Day’s Night” was filmed at “The Turk’s Head” pub, Twickenham (the scene from Ringo’s walk).
29th March at Missended Abbey, in support of the Thomas Ball charity.
7th & 8th March at The Limelight Theatre, Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury. Playing to an almost sold out audience on Friday evening and an excellent turnout on Saturday evening, performing around fifty songs over the space of around two and a half hours on both evenings, the DB’s certainly had “A Hard Day’s Night” but, as always, immensely enjoyable. Special thanks to Rob Schafer on keyboards and John Kay with his amazing left handed Sitar.
Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospital Trust Charity Gala Saturday 15th Feb:- Thanks to Desiree Zimmerman who was instrumental in organising this prestigious event at which TV celebrity Harry Enfield name-checked the The Dung Beatles in his hilarious pre-dinner speech. After the champagne reception, 3-course dinner, charity auction and introduction by CEO Gill Raikes (MBE) The Dung Beatles, with special guest Rob Schafer on keyboards, played to dancing revellers till past midnight.
Friday 7th Feb at Brill Sports & Social Club. The Dung Beatles would like to say a big “thank you” to our enthusiastic supporters who turned out in force for another memorable evening at Brill. Thanks to Tony for inviting us, and to Alan for his kind words, and we really hope we can do more great gigs like that in the future.
New Year’s Eve 31st December 2013 at The Full Moon, Little Kingshill.
Saturday 21st December 2013 at The Aeglesburgh, Watermead.
Saturday 14th December 2013 at Mentmore Golf Club.
Saturday 16th November 2013 at The Cross Keys, Marlow
Saturday 9th November 2013 – private function at The Spreadeagle Hotel Thame
Saturday 2nd November 2013 at Rivet Sports & Social Club Aylesbury. A most enjoyable gig for us in the member’s lounge. There was a good attendance considering the clash with Guy Fawkes weekend and, as usual, an enthusiastic crowd filled the floor to dance the night away to a varied selection of Beatles classics.
Our special tribute to the Beatles 50th anniversary concert at The Waterside Theatre on 25th October 2013 really was a fab night for us in every sense. One of the greatest compliments we could ever hope for is to come out and play to a full house with an absolutely brilliant, enthusiastic and “Beatles-savvy” audience. A huge round of thanks to everyone who took part especially Andy our sound engineer, Jude from the theatre staff, our special guests the horn section featuring Lee Buckingham, Joel Newell and Toby Whiffin, Jon Kay with his amazing sitar and our support act “Indigo Vat” featuring Jake Hillier and Angus Rosier. Also thanks to our families and friends who have loyally followed us from gig to gig – we hope we made it worth the effort! Finally a special mention for one of our strongest supporters Roger Hillier who was taken ill just before the gig and to whom we wish all the best for a speedy and complete recovery.
Saturday 28th September 2013 at the Top Club, Wolverton, Milton Keynes.
Friday 20th September 2013 at The Victoria Club Aylesbury. Lovely venue – great sound and atmosphere and we enjoyed ourselves a lot, as usual. DB’s played three sets – 50 songs !!!!
Friday 23rd August 2013 at The Lion Waddesdon – Beer & Sausage festival. Our third time back at the Lion for the Beer & Sausage festival and another lively and enjoyable evening.
Saturday 17th August 2013 at The Elder Stubbs Festival, Oxford. In support of Restore charity. One of the most interesting and unusual venues at which we have performed – beautiful backdrop of orchard and allotments and a very enthusiastic and supportive crowd. http://www.restore.org.uk/news-events/events
Thursday 18th July 2013 – corporate function – Esher, Surrey
Sunday July 14th 2013 at The Full Moon, Little Kinghill.
Friday 12th July 2013 at Rizfest, Princes Risborough supporting the brilliant Skasouls. Great weather and a great crowd ensured plenty of fun for everyone and well earned success for the organisers of this excellent annual charity event.
Saturday 6th July 2013 at Haddenham Summerfest (Haddenham Beer Festival). One of our most enjoyable gigs to date with fine weather and a great crowd in attendance. Congratulations to the organisers for staging a fabulous event and, we hope, a record fund raising effort. Unbeknownst to us Jan, the producer of the Roberto Perrone show on BBC Three counties Radio, was in the audience watching us, and was impressed enough to invite us to ‘phone in to Roberto’s radio show live, to talk about the success of tribute bands!
Friday 5th July 2013 Waddesdon Cricket Club.
Thursday 4th July at 8pm on Summerfest FM Radio http://summerfestradio.co.uk/ – part of the build up to the Haddenham Summerfest gig on Saturday 6th July http://haddenham-beer-festival.co.uk/summerfest-radio-87-9fm/.
Friday 28th June 2013 at Missenden Abbey – Charity gig in support of The Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals charity. A beautiful setting and one of our best ever crowds made this a night to remember!
Wednesday 26th June 2013 – corporate function – Denham, Bucks.
Saturday 15th June 2013 at The Cross Keys, Marlow
Saturday 8th June 2013 – private function at Brill. Thanks to Judith and the gang for putting on a truly memorable party! Kind words from Judith afterwards “What can I say – what a fantastic evening. You were all brilliant – even better than I expected (which was a lot!!!). You helped to make the evening really special and Andy (and all the rest of us) will never forget this moment singing with you.”
Sat 1st June 2013 – Arts4Every1 “The Rebellion Beer and Blues Festival” – High Wycombe http://www.arts4every1.com/events
Sat/Sun 25th & 26th May 2013 – private gigs
Sunday 12th May 2013 “Music In The Park” at Elms Park, Thame, Oxfordshire. http://www.musicinthepark.org.uk/. A most enjoyable and worthwhile gig for us despite the horrible weather; thanks to our loyal band of followers turning up in support, and thanks to Michele from Crash Records for inviting us along.
Sunday 21st April 2013 at The Jubilee Hemel Hempstead.
Saturday March 30th 2013 at The Weavers pub in Aylesbury.
March 15th 2013 at Rivets Sports & Social Club Aylesbury http://www.rivetsportsandsocialclub.co.uk/ Another full house attendance for The Dung Beatles – huge thanks to our growing band of followers and big congratulations to the amazing staff at Rivets who raised over £1,000 for the Florence Nightingale Hospice charity.
March 1st 2013 at the Limelight Theatre, Queens Park Arts Centre, Aylesbury. With all seats sold out, The Dung Beatles presented a 2-set special featuring a three piece horn section, comprising Lee Buckingham on Trumpet, David Steptoe on Trombone and Joel Newell on Sax, playing a selection of orchestrated Beatles classics such as Sergeant Peppers, Magical Mystery Tour, Penny Lane and many more. We were very pleased to present a cheque for over £2,000 to a representative of the Royal Brompton & Harefield hospital charity. Many thanks to Steve and Jules Hillier and their family for such a great charitable effort.
Feb 23rd 2013 at the Aeglesburgh (Watermead Inn) supporting local resident Lucy with her London Marathon sponsorship in aid of the British Heart Foundation. A creditable £180 was raised through sponsorship and box takings on the day.
Feb 15th 2013 at “The Aristocrat” pub in Aylesbury. Another great evening, featuring our “new” Dung Beatle Danny Prendergast delivering a fine performance on lead guitar and backing vocal. Another great effort by Jules and customers contributed a further £178 for the Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity.
Dec 29th 2012 at “The Aristocrat” pub in Aylesbury. A great evening with excellent support considering the lull between Christmas and New Year. Thanks to the stalwart efforts of Steve’s wife Jules and customers of The Aristocrat we raised £231 for the Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity AND were asked back for their Valentines gig on Feb 15th – results!
Dec 7th 2012 at Brill Sports & Social Club. Plenty more Beatles fans in support and showing their 60′s dancing skills, and we raised nearly £300 for The Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospitals Charity. Many thanks to Tony and Alan for making us feel so welcome – what a great evening!
Nov 16th 2012 at The Long Dog, Waddesdon. A great turnout at this friendly little pub/restaurant, and together we raised nearly £300 for “CHILDREN IN NEED” – great effort!
Oct 27th 2012 at Aylesbury College Music Festival in aid of Women v Cancer http://womenvcancer.co.uk/
Oct 12th 2012 at The Swan & Castle pub in Quainton in aid of the The Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospital Charity and the Quainton Windmill restoration fund. Beatles fans were prominent amongst the Quainton locals as they danced the night away and helped us raise a very creditable £400 split 50/50 between the two charities.
Sep 16th 2012 – at Princes Risborough Golf Club. The Dung Beatles were invited to support headline act The Skasouls UK band at a fundraising event in aid of the Iain Rennie Hospice. What an amazing evening – jam-packed with classic covers from Beatles to Bad Manners – it was Madness!
Aug 24th 2012 – at the Lion, Waddesdon http://www.thelionwaddesdon.co.uk/ in aid of the Helen & Douglas House Hospice http://www.helenanddouglas.org.uk/. Another excellent gig, with our friends at the Lion providing the beer and sausages. It was a real pleasure for The Dung Beatles to perform with such great attendance and support.
Aug 4th 2012 “Best Of British” party at the Royal County of Berkshire Polo Club (“The Berkshire”), Winkfield (near Windsor). What a lovely venue this is, situated in the beautiful Berkshire countryside. Thanks to Steph and Sami the organisers, we were treated like royalty and we had a brilliant time! Although not a fundraiser the club very generously donated £600 to The Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospital Charity. Details of the Polo Club are at http://www.rcbpoloclub.com/wordpress/
June 8th 2012 at The Plough & Anchor, Kingswood:- a remarkable and fab event for The Dung Beatles, with many travelling from far and wide – the place was rammed! Not only was there a stonkingly rapturous time had by all, over a £1,000 (five times original target) was raised for The Royal Brompton & Harefield Hospital Charity http://www.rbht.nhs.uk/
May 6th 2012 at The Lion Waddesdon:- Another great day for The Dung Beatles supporting the Lion’s fund raising for The Helen & Douglas House Hospice.
March 31st 2012 at Lacey Green, Princes Risborough:- The Dung Beatles first gig as a foursome, playing to a full house and, thanks to the immense generosity of the attending supporters we raised an amazing £2,000 for the Chilterns Multiple Sclerosis Centre http://www.chilternsmscentre.org/