Local fans to honour bandstand where David Bowie played with Beckenham festival this weekend

PUBLISHED: 10:41 09 August 2016 | UPDATED: 10:41 09 August 2016

The bandstand at the recreation ground

The bandstand at the recreation ground


Local fans have led the organisation of the festival

Tributes to David Bowie at the bandstandTributes to David Bowie at the bandstand

The bandstand in Croydon Road Recreation Ground where David Bowie once played a free festival is set to host a festival this weekend.

Bowie’s Beckenham Oddity will take place at the ground where the iconic musician, and members of the Beckenham Arts Lab, played on August 16, 1969.

Gates open at 12.15pm, with a host of a musical talent reprising some of Bowie’s greatest song.

The bandstand is reportedly where the musician, who died in January, wrote Life on Mars, one of his most successful singles during his career.

Bowie also immortalised his 1969 performance at the landmark in Memory of a Free Festival, a song he released the following year.

Organiser Wendy Faulkner said: “After the devastating news of David’s death in January, we felt we had to do a tribute for him - and there’s no place more fitting than the bandstand where he played in 1969.

“It’s not just about Bowie, but all the people who were involved with him along his path to stardom.”

One of those people will be Mary Finnigan, Bowie’s former landlady and lover, who wrote a book about the Beckenham Arts Lab, titled Psychedelic Suburbia.

Ms Finnigan will be signing copies of the book, which follows the arts movement in Beckenham during the late 1960s.

Entry to the festival costs £10, with a host of memorabilia and events expected to take place during the day.

The event is supporting the Bowie Bandstand restoration appeal, which aims to pay tribute to the iconic musician, and the many other artists that played at the original 1969 festival.

Tickets are available on the day.

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