Ode to Starman as Bowie’s Beckenham Oddity returns to Croydon Road bandstand where he once played

PUBLISHED: 10:37 03 July 2017 | UPDATED: 14:03 03 July 2017

The bandstand in Croydon Road Recreation Ground, Beckenham, where David Bowie once played

The bandstand in Croydon Road Recreation Ground, Beckenham, where David Bowie once played


The festival aims to raise money to preserve the Beckenham landmark

David Bowie fanatics are continuing their mission to raise money for a Beckenham bandstand which has become a Mecca for his followers, with a festival next month.

Last year Bowie’s Beckenham Oddity raised more than £17,000 for the Croydon Road Recreation Ground bandstand, where the Starman played a free festival back in 1969.

The festival was immortalised by Bowie, who lived in the town at the time, through his song Memory of a Free Festival, which featured on his Space Oddity album.

Also appearing on that album, singer Keith Christmas will be performing at this year’s fundraising festival on Saturday, August 12, with tickets costing £10 and under 10s going free.

Event organiser, Wendy Faulkner said: “Aylesbury will soon have it’s statue as a lasting tribute to the great man himself, Brixton has its mural and so we need the Bowie Bandstand in Beckenham fully restored in his honour & for all the other musicians that performed at that original event of 1969.

The event will also see items signed by Bowie, his producer Tony Visconti and his director son Duncan Jones all auctioned off.

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