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Supported by Fáilte Ireland. 5 Lamps Brewery. Q102FM. The Irish Sun.


The 2nd Dublin Bowie Festival takes place citywide in Dublin from Thursday 5th of January and ends on the first anniversary of David Bowies death; Tuesday January 10th. After last years success the Festival program is greatly expanded to include more events and more venues and encapsulates the profound influence and inspiration that Bowie had on both popular culture and art. Topped by a heavyweight line up of live music, the program also includes movie & documentary screenings, Q&A's, debates & discussions, literary events, fashion, fine art, merch markets, a quiz, a Festival club, illustration, karaoke, DJ's and lots lots more...

The venues include Vicar St, The George, Whelans, The Grand Social, The Workmans, The Sugar Club, The Mercantile Hotel, The Opium Rooms, The Liquor Rooms and many other creative spaces, all coming together to pay respects to one of the most important figures in our cultural history, an artist who illuminated popular culture in a way thats unlikely to be repeated. Bowie was an first and foremost an entertainer but he also intruiged and provoked while informing his music with painting, literature, film, fashion and stage. We aim to mirror Bowies fascination with the arts by providing Dublin with one of the most exciting events to hit the city in years.




We are all things Bowie.




John Brereton is a life long Bowie fanatic. His first real encounter with Bowie was as a 16 year old on Halloween night 1981, a traditional night in Dublin for coming of age boozing. In a moment of madness?/foresight? John swapped his 6 pack of illegally procured beers for a copy of Hunky Dory and never looked back. Avidly devouring all the albums From Scary Monsters back to David Bowie, he first saw Bowie in the flesh in Milton Keynes for the Serious Moonlight Tour  and a further trip to The David Bowie World Convention in Earls Court, London, later that year (October 1983)  was a real eye opener as he traversed the exhibition centre surrounded by Bowie lookalikes while trawling through the fascinating stalls of merchandise and rare bootlegs. His own musical career took over from there and as songwriter and guitarist with indie 5 piece Sack, John released 3 albums and toured extensively with the band, a highlight being personally invited by Morrissey to open for him on his Oye Estaban World Tour in 1999 and again in Europe, UK & Ireland in 2003. Morrissey honoured John by including one of his compositions - Colorado Springs - on his curated 'Songs To Save Your Life' compilation that was included as a cover mount CD in the June 19th 2004  issue of the New Musical Express. After some years as a culture journalist John got into booking acts for Dublin venues and is now the main man in Dublin's award winning live music venue The Grand Social. Opened in 2010, The Grand Social has housed the Bowie Birthday Bash every year since opening, with the celebrated 6 piece Rebel Rebel - The Bowie Experience expertly providing a 2 hour + set of Bowie's greatest hits. This year John along with Rebel Rebel member Peter Quinn and Paul O'Keeffe decided to expand the bash into a Festival and on Saturday Jan 8th and Sunday Jan 9th the Dublin Bowie Festival was born with Bowie guitarist, co-writer and musical director Gerry Leonard as guest of honour. The world woke up the next day to the tragic news of Bowie's passing and that night John, Peter and Paul held a vigil in The Grand Social which was covered live on air by Irish national television and radio.

2017 will see a greatly expanded Festival in honour and celebration of Bowie's unparalleled musical and artistic output and on his influence on modern culture. We hope you enjoy it as much as we will.