you Stuart for letting us be the entertainment for the Aylesbury
Good to see the crowd get up and get down :-) LT & the Guys!
Lisa Theunissen Band
had a fantastic time at this year's HOTC. It was great to be there,
and to open the Kingsbury stage.
warmest thanks go out to "Charlie Don't Surf" for the
use of Drums, and to the sound engineer, who can of course "make
or break" a performance. (It sounded fabulous). We were very
honoured to take part, so thank you for the invite, and hope we
are included in the line up for next year. Last but not least,
thank you to all those who supported us, the clapping and cheering
in the Square really lifted our show, so if you thought we were
good; it was down to you. x
the standard of the bands at Kingsbury was awesome - well done
to all, Abakus, Brahmas, and Charlie. Great to play on the same
The Observers (Paul)
to all the construction, electrical and sound crews who put their
efforts into the day. Well done Stuart and all you lot at Aylesbury
Showcase for organising everything (and even taking the time to
print me out a timetable, which was extremely useful). And, of
course, thanks to all the bands. I may not have seen you all,
due to the large spectrum of music in the world, I may not have
liked all of you, but I do respect your efforts and your hard
it was a fantastic day. - I walked home, and realised as I left
the noise of the town centre, that my ears were whistling quite
loudly! I got home about 22:10, shut the door on the world, and
Aylesbury's best day of the year was over!
again the Hobble on the Cobbles brought a carnival atmosphere
to the Aylesbury Town Centre, throughout the town music lovers
of all ages were enjoying the fine mix of free music on offer,
the event has firmly established itself as a 21st century musical
institution in Aylesbury. Congratulations once again on a very
well organised event.
Barham - Buckinghamshire Manager for the 2012 Games
enjoyable! We were also able to get some people to sign up to
our ‘Join Our Team’ initiative, - in fact, we found
enough extra votes to guarantee us at least £1,000. Thank
you for your support!
Rushton – WheelPower
Stu, Hobble on the Cobbles 2008 exceeded all of our expectations;
it was an absolutely fantastic day and we really enjoyed performing.
Everything from the moment we arrived (our van being escorted
through the crowd because we came in the wrong way!) was planned
and executed with absolute precision.
Your sound and stage crew were great and we have had so much positive
feedback about the mix so well done to those guys and girls.
Thanks for having us play, and we would like to be first to sign
up for next year!!!
See you soon,
The Red Bullets (Pete)
By the way, that ball was mine! I got it signed by EATHR.
Williamo Roberto Sharp
Brilliant…! Best Hobble yet!
fellas, well done today!
great years. A Hat-Trick of top poptastic action!
like to thank Stuart and Dennis for asking EventGuard to be the
security provider to Hobble on the Cobbles 2008. We are delighted
to be involved with what has been mentioned as 'the most successful
year yet' and are proud to have been part of the team that helped
team we provided are very experienced and have many years of knowledge
between them in Event Security. Not a single incident was reported
which is a reflection upon the organisers and the foundations
that they have put in place over the years. I would also like
to thank the Aylesbury Showcase team for looking after our guys
and hope to see you again next year at the Hobble on the Cobbles
Briggs, EventGuard General Manager
Stuart - Another Year, another Great Event, Best regards
so much for having us - we had a great time. Fab stage and a great
crowd, see you soon Aylesbury!
Slashed Seat Affair (Ellie)
Stuart. Thank you for having us perform at the HOTC. We really
The Brahmas (Denzle)
Stuart, we in AbaKus would like to add to the list of positive
comments about the fantastic day you and you team organised to
promote live music in Aylesbury via the Hobbles On The Cobbles
for us in AbaKus, we really enjoyed our, (what ended up as), 40
minute set on the Kingsbury stage. Your Guys and Gal were really
professional and what a brilliant sound they helped us create.
crowd enjoyed themselves and so did we!
If the invite comes
for HOTC 2009 please include us.
the very best and once again many thanks!
FROM NAVARO for inviting us to play at yesterday's Hobble On The
Cobbles. The organisation/promotion/setting and sound were perfect
and you even managed to get the Sun God to smile! Well done!
Beth, Steve and Pete x
had an absolutely brilliant day at HOTC yesterday. It must have
taken a hell of a lot of organising so thanks for all of the effort.
The bands were brilliant. Long live Hobble On The Cobbles!!! I'm
looking forward to next year. :)
rocked out on the Cobbles!!!
Great organisation, fantastic hospitality, superb entertainment.
Brilliant people who un-self-consciously get down and enjoy the
A great day with great memories..
Thanks Aylesbury for having us!!!!!!
on the Cobbles 2008 was the best yet! I particularly enjoyed The
Red Bullets... the sun came out, the atmosphere was great and
the whole event was really well organised.... Looking forward
to next year already!
so much for doing all you’re doing for music in and around
Keep up the good work, and hope to see you soon at an event in
the near future!!
Steven, (JUMP/Holly Petrie)
day everyone! Had a wonderful time!
April Gooding Barr
For me, the true highlight was how you put it all together! So
many congratulations to you.
I speak on behalf of Kelly as well when I say we had an amazing
time. It was an absolute blast from beginning to end; the diversity
and quality of the acts was truly amazing. Eddie and the Hotrods
completely blew me away. We’re looking forward to Hobble
Terry Lee (www.terrylee.net)
of all THANK YOU for all your effort and perseverance in putting
it all together...
Well the day started
grey, drizzling, raining, cloudy then slowly the clouds lifted,
the rain stopped and the sun started to push its way through the
clouds. We knew the sun would shine down on Aylesbury, it has
never rained at a Hobble on the Cobbles. By the time the bands
took to the stage the sun was beating down, spirits were high
and the audience and performers were in for a dazzling day of
music, fun and laughter. The laughter mainly provided by Richard
Carr as MC of the day. Everything ran seamlessly and there were
no major problems, apart, of course from Pete Edwards of The Red
Bullets managing to lose his microphone - afterwards he said "oh
well we need to sort out an instrumental".
show was closed with Eddie and the Hot Rods returning to the Aylesbury
Stage after a lapse of 30 years.
in all a fantastic day and many thanks to all those people involved
in running, setting up, taking down the day, I am sure they are
all taking a well earned rest today!
thanks to you for putting up with all my mischief yesterday :-)
Well done on the slick organisation and sound – it’s
always a pleasure, as you are such a great team!
Lisa Theunissen (Aylesbury Festival 08)
a quick e-mail to say a million thanks for the wonderful music
and entertainment at the weekend.
Judy & Rick (Aylesbury Festival 08)
Just to say that from my/our angle, the event on Saturday was
a great success. Thanks for involving us!
And thanks to Bob for excellent sound control.
Craig Nathan - (on behalf of the Aylesbury Grammar School
Funktion Band (Aylesbury Festival 08)
to say I had a fantastic time in Aylesbury this weekend. I thought
the gig was really good all round despite us not having had time
to rehearse or play together since Loreley in July. Thanks to
all of you who made it down and I hope you had as much fun as
we all did this weekend, special thanks to the Marillo crew and
of course Mark, Steve, Ian and Pete for being great mates and
good sports! That was one we will remember for a long time!"
FISH - August 2007
Aylesbury has always been a crucible for talent for as long as
I can remember and it's wonderful to have a celebration of this
talent in the Market Square again for all to see. Having played
so many small European festivals arranged and held in towns I
think it's a tremendous idea and about time that this ethic spread
in the UK and takes music out to communities and brings them closer
together. Well done guys!
FISH - July 2007
It was the best-organised event I have been to, thank you to all
I have put a video of Fish & friends? Performing Market Square
Heroes on YouTube..
wanted to say how much I enjoyed the Hobble on the Cobbles event
yesterday - a great chance to see some local bands and a really
friendly atmosphere all round. Hope to be there again next year!
in the field of Free Music Festivals has so much been achieved
for so many by so few!
What an amazing day! Hours of non stop music from some of the
best talent in the area. From the first band to the last, I had
a fantastic time and to be involved again was just the icing on
the cake. Thanks to Stu and Den from Aylesbury Showcase for organising
such a well run show (and for booking the sunshine) and thanks
to the hundreds of Aylesbury people for turning out to support
their local music scene.
I thought it was fantastic...again. The whole thing felt extremely
thorough and well organised.
Gary Mullins - Lightbox
Fish was joined for encores by a few familiar faces as follows:
20 years since I last saw that line up. Excellent gig and an excellent
surprise to end with!
Thanks to all for doing that, great to see for one more time!
Thanks ever so much for asking us to play. We had a great time.
The standard of music was very high and it was a real pleasure
the people of Aylesbury. Thanks also to mix 96 for playing our
Al - Star Chamber
Marillion. Aylesbury. What more can I say? A dream come true indeed.
Fantastic people, pubs, food, and - of course - music!
You're all Heroes! Thank you!
you very much for letting us (MICAWBER) be part of such an awe
inspiring day. No one has the first idea about how much effort,
expertise and sheer hard work goes into organising something like
Hobble on the Cobbles especially when you guys made it look easy!
Aylesbury is very lucky to have Jam Central Records making it
happen for our local musicians through Aylesbury Showcase and
entertaining the population – and it’s all free! All
the bands were great and it was a real coup to get Fish to play
and then Marillion turn up too! We also really enjoyed playing
at the King’s Head the Saturday before the Hobble on the
Cobbles. There was a great turn out and we had fine support from
Tiny Fish and Loz Jones – no one noticed that it was raining
and just kept dancing…
We really hope we can take part again next year.
All the best.
I was there Great gig!!
Great atmosphere, and loved hearing Incommunicado and Market Square
Heroes!! Wouldn't have missed it for the world!!
was an amazing day and everyone who was involved in the planning
should be really pleased...
Awesome gig, Fish was having a ball. And the guys looked really
pleased to be playing together.
Importantly Fish called 'them' Marillion not 'us' Marillion.
I was there when hell froze over.
Aylesbury Market Square 26/8/2007
Awesome business yesterday. We had a most excellent time.
Great festival yesterday, well done! See you at the next one!
The whole day was great, Fish was on top form, and the encores
were special. Glad I was there to see History in the making.
It was frankly, incredible!
A really great Fish gig on its own but the encore blew me away.
So SO damn happy to have seen this and they sounded pretty damn
Just back (well to Company Gloucester HQ) what a gig!
Gr8 day, weather, friends and of course Marillion joining Fish
on stage for MSqH.
It was one of those moments not to have missed.
Thanks to all for a gr8 day!
Thank you, we really enjoyed ourselves and I personally thought
it was a fantastic event which pulled the whole town together,
and also brought the musicians together...
Richard Nadal - Domino Theory
Just got home after a cracker of a day.
Good music, great weather, great friends.
And for one night only, Marillion with Fish, was a great surprise.
Lads and lasses, this is a classic moment of history! The classic
line-up playing their debut single in Aylesbury market square
A massive thank you to you...!
It was slick, slick, slick – a lot of love and hard work
went into yesterday – and I’m damn proud to be part
of Hobbles on the Cobbles! From the wristbands, to the programmes,
to the hands-on engineers always smiling and helping out wherever
necessary...the amount of press and local support has gotta tell
you something – that it rocks...well done :-)
Lotsa love and big up to the bands that played too...
Lisa Theunissen XXX
There is little that can be said about that.
Unbelievable.............so there they were once more.
Thoroughly enjoyed that, at least I can now say I've pogoed (briefly)
in the Market Square to Market Square Heroes....
Don't think I've smiled so much in the last two months as I did
for that 5 minutes last night.
What a great day. A fantastic set from Fish followed by me finally
getting to see those five guys share a stage.
A dream fulfilled!
It was truly a great day! I am hoarse from singing and screaming!
What a great afternoon / evening. We were already aware of the
rumours of what was going to happen. Fish's set was great - he's
still a scary bloke when you come face to face with him as he
hops over the barrier into the crowd for a walkabout intro to
Vigil! The "reunion" was definitely big silly grin time.
Also - much kudos to King Rat who played later in the King's Head
courtyard. Saw them on the Marillion tour, glad we hung around
for their set last night. Great to see Fish having a good chat
with them afterwards, hope good fortune comes their way.
R + h
Hobble On The Cobbles was a festival held in the 70's in Aylesbury
Market Square. Fish said yesterday that he always dreamed of playing
a gig in the Market Square, but unfortunately Hobble On The Cobbles
had ended by the time Marillion had formed.
When he got the chance to play in the new HOTC he obviously jumped
at the chance. He asked the guys to play because it was 25 years
since the song was recorded.
Major Kudos has got to go to Stuart of Jam Central Records for
organising such a great event and allowing the nostalgic appearance
to take place
Just to say a huge THANKS for arranging Fish to play at Hobble
on the Cobbles. It was fantastic!!! Good work! :) :)
Sarah & Matt
was a great experience thoroughly enjoyed by the band. It was
good to see such a variety of acts.
Take care and best of luck for the future.
Rasheed (Mister Who)
Well done to all those involved, an amazing day. Never knew Aylesbury
had so much talent, something musical for all tastes and ages.
awesome but then again he always is. To bring Fish and Marillion
back together again was every fans dream, a day I'll never forget.
Last year was great, this year fantastic, next year.... we wait
a superb day we had today at Hobble on the Cobbles!!!! We met
some great people and saw some fantastic bands playing great music,
and the atmosphere was electric when Fish played his set, especially
when the lads from marillion got up on stage and played Market
Superb, brilliant, excellent and any other word you care to add
that can describe how good it was, especially the wee surprise
at the end.
Cracking day at Hobble On The Cobbles!
Stu, Thank you for organising everything and making it such a
great day, and especially for finding space for us to play at
the after show party which couldn't have worked out better. We
(King Rat) all had an amazing time, for me personally it was fantastic
to play in front of Fish having been a fan of him and Marillion
for many years, and great to chat to him afterwards. Everyone
seemed to have a great day, and we were certainly well looked
after; I was impressed by the professionalism of your organisation.
Matt - King Rat
Hi just wanted to thank you for Sunday, it was a great day with
some brilliant music, and the finale was fantastic, not sure how
you will top that next year lol :0)"
fabulous wasn't it - I've got loads of mail saying how fantastic
the whole thing was.
Thanks again - you did brilliantly!
idea of me announcing John came out of a very long late night
conversation I had with John and Robin Boult at the Edinburgh
Festival 2 weeks before the Aylesbury gig. He suggested that I
should announce him using exactly the same words that I used to
announce him in 1978.
you may know I always used to dress entirely in white at all Friars
gigs so it made sense to do the same at this one.
The only difference is that in 1978 I used to have a good head
of hair whereas now (like John) I am “thinning”. I
even went to that very friendly fancy dress shop in Cambridge
Street and bought a couple of wigs but they really did look ridiculous.
I then tried that more upmarket Caribbean wig shop also in Cambridge
street but even that looked unconvincing.
thought the whole event was great. There were people there that
I hadn’t seen for 25 years. I particularly appreciated all
the slightly older Friars ladies that gave me somewhat drunken
a fantastic way to spend a Sunday afternoon. Great music, great
people and a fabulous setting. Aylesbury should be proud that
they can stage an event like this. Can we book the same weather
for next year?
It was great to come back to Aylesbury, meet old friends and see
that nothing's really changed. It's still a hotbed of live music
and the Showcase is now a part of that.
a fantastic event!
remember when we first performed and it was just a couple of small
speakers on the edge of the square. Now it is the Square! Brilliant
job, mate. Well organised, and the band really enjoyed themselves.
Chris Bradford - Cayo Blanco
Brilliant, well organised, a credit to you all.
..And hopefully another one next year!
Neale - Aylesbury
Thanks for arranging today!
I had a great day, and discovered some great new bands.
Andy - Aylesbury
had an awesome time...!
If you do it again next year we would love to play. Thanks for
putting us on.
Please pass on our thanks to everyone involved, from the sound
guys to those who made the sandwiches... it really couldn't have
been organised better!
Roy - Scouting for Girls
excellent show! A day I will always remember and I will be back
next year Otway or not.
Andy - Norwich
You put on a great event mate.... the town owes you one! ; )
Jon - Subrosa5
Stuart, Many congratulations on a fantastic day.
I came down to watch Otway with my 7 year old daughter and we
both had a great time.
Oh, great choice for the final track to finish the whole day off....
David - Aylesbury
Today - review.......
felt I just had to write to say what a fantastic and successful
day it was in Aylesbury yesterday. Aylesbury Showcase did an amazing
job, and I'm sure must have worked so hard and for so long to
present something as excellent as this was.
has really put Aylesbury back to where it belongs - a town known
for its music !
wasn't sure what to expect as I hadn't been to Aylesbury since
the late 1970's/1980's, and it was better than I could have imagined
- the town's local bands were brilliant, and of course, topping
the day was the inimitable John Otway whose show was brilliant
- Aylesbury should be so proud of their home grown talent !
Otway has certainly put Aylesbury on the map once again, as I
notice there has been an awful lot of publicity recently for his
forthcoming world tour and Aylesbury is mentioned in every article.
absolutely wonderful day - I met people that had come from as
far afield as Yorkshire, Scotland, Midlands etc especially for
the Bank Holiday Sunday event, and everyone was saying how glad
they were they had come.
and congratulations to everyone in Aylesbury involved in this
- enjoyed the day, especially 'Messiah'!
Nigel - Sound Studio (Aylesbury)
Wow, what a great day for Aylesbury’s local music scene.
The sun was shining, the bands were all fantastic and the crowd,
well what can we say, an absolutely impressive turnout!! The Market
Square was rockin’. A great big thanks to all who made it
down. Here’s to next years!
Just to say I hobbled on the cobbles last weekend and saw John
Otway for the first time who was brilliant.
I've lived near Aylesbury for pretty much 27 yrs and previously
have never really had anything positive to say about the place,
but now I would like to say well done Jam Central, well done Aylesbury
- long may hobble on the cobbles continue...
came to "Hobble on the Cobbles" on Sunday and it was
brilliant. I used to live in Aston Clinton and went to many many
gigs at Friars. It was great to see Otway again and it was really
excellent that live music was back in the Market Square.
a great day. Top performances all day by some top local talent,
my personal favorites were GRK (great songs) Messiah (really tight
band) and of course the legend that is Mr Otway. A lot of hard
work goes into putting on an event like that and I know Stuart,
Den and the team have worked tirelessly over the last few months.
Not many towns or cities are lucky enough to have an Aylesbury
Showcase or a Jam Central Records, dedicating themselves to promoting
the music created in their local area with professionalism and
class. Thank you and well done guys, same again next year please?”
You did a great job mate, cheers for giving me the chance to be
part of it.
Well done for organising the Otway event, I thought it went very
Chris M France - Music Of Life
Just a note to say how much I enjoyed the 'Hobble on the Cobbles'
last Sunday. It was good to hear so many good quality local musicians,
and I hope this becomes an annual event, and brings much needed
back to Aylesbury. On a personal note I know how much effort I
have to put in to promoting my own gigs in Buckingham, so congratulations
to you for organising such a big event which ran so smoothly.
Empty Room Promotions
Stuart (and everyone at Jam Central),
On behalf of myself and the band (LIGHTBOX), I just wanted to
say thanks for a fantastic event!
"Hobble..." and the other Aylesbury Showcase events
leading up to it were brilliantly organised, and I feel they did
alot to encourage my band (and others) as well as the local music
scene as a whole.
It was a privilege to be involved and I hope the future holds
more of the same.
Be encouraged. Thanks again!! All the best,
Gary - Lightbox
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