This weekend will see 'Bowie’s Beckenham Oddity' check in with ground control (well, the bandstand) at Croydon Road Recreation Ground where Bowie and members of the Beckenham Arts Lab played on August 16 1969. A gaggle of musicians will play tribute to Bowie and his work, as well as a host of events that will kick off from 12:15 when the gates open, and it's only £10 to get in.
It is widely reported that he wrote Life on Mars at the bandstand, one of his most successful singles ever. The event is supporting the Bowie Bandstand restoration appeal.
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 involved with him was his former landlady Mary Finnigan who wrote the book 'Psychedelic Suburbia' who will be signing copies of her book.