Brixton is set to celebrate the life and music of David Bowie with a series live shows, parties and cinema events around what would have been the star man’s 70th birthday on 8th January.
The celebrations kick off with our very own charitable night of partying at Brixton’s Prince Albert pub on Friday 6th January and continue through to Tuesday with a night of Bowie themed cinema at The Ritzy. Here are the details of the Bowie themed celebrations ahead in Brixton…
Friday 6th January: Let’s Dance – A Celebration of David Bowie at The Prince Albert
Yep, once again we’re teaming up with Brixton’s Offline Club to put on a special Bowie night at the Prince Albert in the heart of Brixton this Friday night with all profits going to a local charity.
On the tragic news of his death last year we were the first people in Britain to announce a free tribute night, and we drank, danced and celebrated Brixton’s finest with a night of Bowie music to a jam-packed house. Once again, we’ll have DJs playing Bowie’s hits, album tracks, obscurities and more – plus songs from his musical influences and the artists he inspired – and we’ll screen videos and photos of the star man.
Unfortunately this party has already sold out but we look forward to seeing you on the dance floor if you were quick enough to get a ticket.
Saturday 7th January: Cats From Japan – David Bowie Tribute Party at Cafe Cairo
They’re also celebrating the life and music of David Bowie at Cafe Cairo on Saturday with a live set from the fantastic David Bowie tribute band ‘Cats From Japan’ we’ve seen these guys in action before and they sound great! DJ Sheila Stocking will kick things off with a selection of punk, new wave, indie from 6pm and DJ Chico will follow the band with a mash up of Acid House and Rave choonz to dance the night away to its logical conclusion.
Sunday 8th January: Celebrating David Bowie at O2 Academy Brixton
The first week of 2017 in Brixton closes with a massive live show at the Academy on Sunday. ‘Celebrating David Bowie’ unites the icon’s friends and collaborators as part of a worldwide series of concerts, this one-time only event will honour the iconic artist on what would have been his 70th birthday. Bowie’s close friend Gary Oldman, who delivered an emotional speech about David at the BRIT Awards, will be joined by former Bowie band members Mike Garson, Earl Slick, Adrian Belew, Mark Plati, Gerry Leonard, Gail Ann Dorsey, Sterling Campbell, Zachary Alford, Holly Palmer and Catherine Russell, along with many other special guests to be announced and proceeds from the show will benefit Children & the Arts. This is another sold out event.
Tuesday 10th January: LSFF 2017 – David Bowie ‘Sound & Vision’ at The Ritzy Cinema
David Bowie: Sound & Vision is a night of Bowie themed cinema curated by the London Short Film Festival and will be screened at selected Picturehouses across the UK as part of their Discover Tuesdays strand. Entry is £12.50 adults (£11.50 concessions) and that gives you access to four short films about or starring David Bowie. The films in question include…
THE IMAGE Michael Armstrong 14 min 1967
At 20 years old, Bowie was still two years away from Space Oddity when he acted in this silent mime-themed art short film, screened in London sex cinemas with an X rating.
JAZZIN’ FOR BLUE JEAN Julien Temple 20 min 1984
With an original storyline by Bowie, this extended music video for his 1984 album Tonight (featuring two tracks from this release), won a Grammy, and led to Bowie working with director Temple on Absolute Beginners the following year.
LET’S DANCE: BOWIE DOWN UNDER Rubika Shah 11 min 2015.
The fascinating story behind one of the most celebrated music videos ever made, Bowie’s 1983 single Let’s Dance, shot in the Australian outback.
REALITY Steve Lippman 29 min 2003
UK premiere of a conceptual film commissioned for Bowie’s 2003 album Reality, an abstract and darkly comic portrait of Bowie in which questions and answers chase themselves, and meaning is absurd.
50p from every ticket sold will be donated to Save the Children…. so Let’s Dance!