Skip to main content

No results found

What Makes Me: Jay Aston

Jay jqicx1

Iconic in the history of Eurovision – just a few weeks to go until this year’s final on 11 May – singer Jay Aston earned her place in British pop legend as one quarter of Bucks Fizz, winning the competition for the UK in 1981.

She has recently released her solo music, with two albums available now on all digital platforms. Featuring material written shortly after her departure from the band in the mid 80s, and extending through until 2017, Jay has come a long way since joining Bucks Fizz as a nineteen-year-old hopeful. She left the band after a horrific coach crash on the second night of a sell-out tour in Newcastle. A tragic event, which served to highlight the personality clashes within the band, leading to years of litigation. Contractually unable to work as a solo artist, Jay wrote and recorded over 64 songs which, until recently, sat on the shelf. A battle with tongue cancer in 2018 changed her outlook on her life and career, and she feels that now is time to share her previous catalogue, “These songs are all part of me, they are part of a difficult journey as the music industry is not for the faint hearted, but I never lost my love of music and its ability to communicate.”

What Makes Jay


  Family health. All being well. The sunshine. Good food. Country walks. Decent income.


The state of our nation.


Remembering my family past – the good the bad and the ugly – so as to enjoy and be thankful for today.


My on-stage persona


Small minded people and petty grievances.


Sunshine, good food and a beach!

Proud to be British?

Yes, but it’s becoming tragically hard...

Jay Aston’s digital catalogue, featuring the albums I Spy and Alive & Well is available now on all streaming platforms.

On 28 June Cheryl Baker, Mike Nolan and Jay Aston who make up The Fizz will be partying like it’s the early 80s at Indigo at The O2 for Party Like It's 1981. Their number one hits include Land of Make Believe, My Camera Never Lies and, of course, Making Your Mind Up. Jay adds, “Our amazing fan base has kept us all together in one form or another, music is the thread and I still love my job performing is my happy place.” 

Tickets are available from

Image credit: Lance Burkitt


Jake Bugg
Tue 2 Apr 2024

Singer-songwriter Jake Bugg will be on stage at the O2 later this month as part of his mission to bring live music back to the heart of Britain’s communities and grassroots venues. He is currently touring the UK in his bid to reinvigorate the local music scene of some of the UK’s smaller cities and towns and took some time out to tell us more.

Paul Foot 3 wi4hf6
Tue 2 Apr 2024

Award-winning quirky and alternative comedian Paul Foot is returning to Oxford this month with his new show, Dissolve which is set to be his most vulnerable and honest yet. We got in touch to find out what we can expect from his performance at Oxford’s New Theatre, as well as – in very Paul Foot fashion – getting side-tracked by King  Tutankhamen, and what  Jesus might have  achieved if  he'd been a plumber...

Katie otb8tw
Fri 1 Mar 2024

This month, Katie Melua will be in Oxford, helping to launch the Oxford Literary Festival’s new Programme in Georgian Literature and Culture.

Namvula BBC Music nuyc98
Fri 1 Mar 2024

Described as having a diasporic upbringing, singer-songwriter Namvula is also a gifted photographer and was co-founder of Film Africa, a London-based celebration of African cinema and culture. She now lives in Oxford where she will be performing later this month at The North Wall.