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King Crimson live review - Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

Live Review

Venue: Waterside Theatre, Aylesbury

King Crimson return to the UK for three nights only

On the way to tonight’s show, more than one voice is heard mentioning ley lines. Why else would there be three King Crimson shows in this town, their only UK dates on this year’s European tour? Subsequent – and extremely brief – research reveals that three could converge here in Aylesbury, from Stonehenge, Duddo and, er, Redditch. Truthfully, this Ancient Briton market town – the site of pilgrimage for St Osgyth, the royal manor for William The Conqueror, the home of the Aylesbury duck and the birthplace of Marillion – couldn’t seem less magical on the blustery, drizzle-soaked walk from the train station and past the built-up 90s shopping centre to our destination.

Why here, then? Behold, the Waterside Theatre – the five-year-old, 1,200-capacity auditorium that’s become phase four of Friars, the spiritual home for Aylesbury’s 47-year heritage in rock music (its original venue hosted the fledgling King Crimson back in July 1969).


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