David Bowie donates mystery memorabilia to Beckenham Free Festival

PUBLISHED: 14:32 09 September 2013 | UPDATED: 14:32 09 September 2013

David Bowie playing at the bandstand in Croydon Road Recreational Ground.

David Bowie playing at the bandstand in Croydon Road Recreational Ground.


Signed David Bowie memorabilia is up for grabs at an auction and raffle in Beckenham on Sunday at Memory of a Free Festival, in Croydon Road Park.

The day of music and activities will be headlined by the auction, featuring a signed album for the former Beckenham schoolboy.

“We are thrilled at David’s generosity” says organiser Natasha Ryzhova Lau. “And I’ll say a big thank you to him on the day.”

Bowie helped launch a folk club at the Three Tuns pub, now Zizzi, in Beckenham, which attracted a huge following from all over south London and beyond – and later morphed into The Beckenham Arts Lab.

He played the festival in 1969, which raised £200 for the Arts Lab.

American folk-rock act Amory Kane headlines the reincarnation of the festival this year, alongside Keval, Raf and O, and Bill Liesegang - who also played the festival back in 1969.

Gates open from 2pm, with live music until 6pm - entry £5.

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