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David Bowie fans gathering in Beckenham for Memory of a Free Festival event
FORTY-FOUR years after Bowie played guitar while jammin’ good with arts lab members, fans are joining forces to reprise the legendary Free Festival in Beckenham this afternoon (September 15).
Back in the summer of ’69 the event was to raise money for the Beckenham Arts Lab, a creative arts scene which had its roots at the former Three Tuns pub in the high street.
But today's concert is being held to raise funds to repair the bandstand in Croydon Road Recreation Ground.
Performances start at 3pm and include The Thin White Duke Bowie tribute band, Bill Liesegang (who played in 1969), Keval, Raf and O, Low Rent Tractors and Scott Fuller and John Aldington.
American folk musician Amory Kane, whose 1969 set was one of the highlights, also took part.
He says the invitation to play this afternoon was irresistible.
Mr Kane 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."
As well as music there will be stalls provided by Gingham Goose Craft Markets, face painting, refreshments, and a raffle.
The Thin White Duke has donated signed memorabilia which was auctioned at the concert.
Entrance to the festival is £5 with proceeds going towards the bandstand.
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