ABOUT THE FOUNDERS
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.