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Concert to mark David Bowie's 70th birthday announced

PUBLISHED: 11:50 15 November 2016 | UPDATED: 11:50 15 November 2016

DAVID BOWIE AT BECKENHAM ARTS LAB
FREE CONCERT, AUGUST 1969.

DAVID BOWIE AT BECKENHAM ARTS LAB FREE CONCERT, AUGUST 1969.

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The iconic singer grew up and performed in Bromley

Tributes to David Bowie at the bandstand in Croydon Road Recreation GroundTributes to David Bowie at the bandstand in Croydon Road Recreation Ground

A tribute concert to mark what would have been David Bowie’s 70th birthday has been announced - featuring the late star’s band members and friend Gary Oldman.

Celebrating David Bowie will take place in Bowie’s birthplace, Brixton, at the O2 Academy.

Bowie later moved to Beckenham, attending Burnt Ash Junior School.

He later helped form the Beckenham Arts Lab movement, which gathered together local creative minds.

The movement culminated in a free festival at a bandstand in Croydon Road Recreation Ground, where he also penned lyrics to Life on Mars.

Bowie immortalised the performance with his song Memory of a Free Festival.

The London gig next year will see musicians and friends who worked with the iconic singer.

The concert, on what would have been Bowie’s 70th birthday on January 8, is being held in aid of the charity Children and the Arts.

It comes after Bowie’s touring band performed with Lorde to cover Life On Mars in tribute to the star at the Brits, while Oldman paid an emotional tribute to his late friend.

Bowie died of cancer, at the age of 69, in January, just days after releasing his last album.

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