Last year’s inaugural Dublin Bowie Festival was a celebration of the great man and the festival closes the same night Bowie passed.
This year’s festival will be tinged with much more emotion and take place from Thursday 5th to Tuesday 10th January 2017.
An expanded programme of live music, movie & documentary screenings, Q&A’s, debates & discussions, literary events, fashion, fine art, merch markets, a quiz, a Festival club, illustration, karaoke, DJs and more are expected in venues like Vicar St, The George, Whelans, The Grand Social, The Workmans, The Sugar Club, The Mercantile Hotel, The Opium Rooms and The Liquor Rooms.
Here are some highlights so far:
- A Q&A with Lazarus stage show co-author the Tony Award-winning playwright Enda Walsh. The talk will be preceded by a screening of The Man Who Fell To Earth on which Lazarus is based.
- Saturday night sees the I *heart * Bowie crew move to The Opium Rooms to reprise their stunning tribute night that occurred in Whelans last January with a host of special guests lined up to perform hits and album classics in their own inimitable styles.
- Sunday see Rebel Rebel take over Vicar St (on what would have been Bowie’s 70th birthday) for a greatest hits show par excellence while aftershow goers can continue the fun at The Workman’s Karaoke Bowie special late into the wee hours.
- The first anniversary is marked with a special vigil in The Grand Social on Tuesday January 10th as the Bowie Raw crew stage an intimate acoustic show with some very special guests , while also providing a space for those who would like to express their feelings through song and spoken word.
Tomorrow, the Lazarus Cast Album is released featuring David Bowie songs from the show by Enda Walsh. Among them are the final three Bowie studio recordings “No Plan,” “Killing A Little Time,” “When I Met You”.
Niall Byrne is the founder of the most-influential Irish music site Nialler9, where he has been writing about music since 2005 . He is the cohost of the Nialler9 Podcast and has written for the Irish Times, Irish Independent, Cara Magazine, Sunday Times, Totally Dublin, Red Bull and more. Niall is a DJ, founder of Lumo Club, event curator and producer of gigs, parties & events.