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Bowie steps in to help fundraising festival
DAVID Bowie has helped to save a bandstand where he played a legendary free festival in 1969.
The Thin White Duke is donating signed memorabilia to be auctioned at a concert in Croydon Road Recreation Ground from 2pm to 6pm on Sunday, September 15.
The gig is a tribute to Bowie’s famous free show with his friends from the Beckenham Arts Lab, which inspired his song Memory of a Free Festival.
American folk musician Amory Kane has arranged to fly in from San Francisco for the show, which will also include market stalls and other entertainment.
He said: “I love beyond measure to be in the UK at any time because it is the land of my childhood, but this trip is really special – I have vivid happy memories of the Arts Lab festival and I'm delighted to be coming back.”
Other performances will include The Thin White Duke Bowie tribute band, Bill Liesegang (who also played in 1969), Keval, Raf and O, Low Rent Tractors and Scott Fuller and John Aldington.
Next weekend’s gig will raise money to renovate the iconic Victorian bandstand, and Mr Bowie’s contribution should go a long way to helping.
Organiser Natasha Ryzhova Lau said: “We are thrilled at David's generosity. And I'll say a big thank you to him on the day.”
Entry will cost £5 with voluntary donations on the day going towards the restoration fund.
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