The fundraising initiative supports the campaign to restore the historic bandstand where David Bowie performed at the Beckenham Arts Lab Growth Summer Festival in 1969, which has been renewed and increased following the sad news of David Bowie’s death earlier this year. The news accompanied the tribute concert, Bowie’s Beckenham Oddity, organised by the Memory of a Free Festival in August.
The bandstand became a focal point where fans were able to leave memorials to the musical legend in January. Once complete, the restored bandstand will be a fit-for-purpose performance space, which will offer a variety of entertainment opportunities and may even be a site where future music legends cut their teeth! In this respect, it will be a living legacy. Supporters can pledge a donation at www.spacehive.com/bowiebandstand to show their support and they are also being encouraged to share the news. In total, £93,000 is still needed to complete the restoration of the bandstand, in addition to the £35,000 already raised.
Chris Phillips, Chairman of The Friends of Croydon Road Recreation Ground said, "Local people will know that this restoration project has been close to our hearts for some time and we are making progress to that epic goal. Please do pledge a donation and show your support. If you would like to get practically involved in the park, including the bandstand, please do consider joining our group."
The campaign features a short video which has been shot with the grateful thanks of a local filmmaker. The film features a range of people connected to the bandstand, including Daphne Guinness, who also performed at the fundraising event. The bandstand is also the last identifiable one of its type and has a wealth of musical heritage, having been the venue for many musical performances since its installation in 1905.