Pin Ups Exhibition Launch
THUR 5TH JAN - FUMBALLY EXCHANGE - 7PM - ADM: FREE
Curated by Irish illustrator Peter Donnelly and festival organiser John Brereton, ‘PIN UPS’ will showcase six contemporary visual artists interpreting 12 David Bowie songs in A1 poster format. Song titles have been personally selected by 12 of our most well know media folk and Bowie obsessives. Annie Mac, Ian Dempsey, Cathal Murray, Tony Clayton Lea, Aine Lawlor, Eamon Carr, Tom Dunne, Dan Hegarty, Roisin Dwyer, Scott Williams and former Spiders From Mars drummer Woody Woodmansey. The exhibition will run from Jan 5th - Jan 10th at The Fumbally Exchange, Dame Lane, Dublin.
Dublin Bowie Festival Club
5TH - 8TH JAN - THE MERCANTILE - 11PM-LATE - ADM:FREE
We are delighted to have The Mercantile Hotel as the home of our Official Festival Club from Thursday 5th - Sunday 8th Jan. Join us for music, memories and madness as we go underground til the wee hours. Expect live music, sing alongs, killer DJs and lots more.
Enda Walsh / Lazarus Q+A
In whats sure to be one of the highlights of the Festival we are absolutely thrilled to have playwrite Enda Walsh as guest of honour tonight to discuss his insights on working with Bowie as co-writer of the successful Broadway show Lazarus. Walsh was of course one of the last people to work with Bowie and tonights Q&A will provide a fascinating insight into Bowies working methods and his more personal side.
60's Bowie / 70's Bowie
FRIDAY 6TH JAN - THE GRAND SOCIAL - 8PM - ADM: €12
A thrilling double bill featuring The London Boys, a 5 piece combo that will take on Bowies 60's back catalogue for a World premiere exclusive. From 1963's Liza Jane (when he was just plain David Jones) to 1969's breakthrough Space Oddity album, Bowies 60's canon see's the evolution of the iconic superstar from his R&B roots through his mid 60's Anthony Newley vaudeville period and into the Beckenham Arts era when Major Tom floated in a most peculicar way into our hearts and minds. Opening proceedings will be the Gaiety School of Acting's Acapella Group, a 10 strong troup of amazing vocalists who promise to capture the remarkable essence of Bowies melodies and harmonies onstage.
Veda's 'Ashes to Lashes'
FRIDAY 6TH JAN - THE GEORGE - 10PM
Bowie fanatic and one of Irelands most fabulous drag queens Veda Beaux Reves hosts a Bowie spectacular of glitter and glam in The George tonight in whats sure to be one of the most talked about shows of the Festival. Veda eloquently possesses the poise, physique and uninhibited glamour of Ziggy in his prime and tonights show promises to celebrate Bowies musical and fashion legacy in a riot of colour, camp and couture.
I *heart* Bowie
Revisting their infamous Whelans memorial gig a couple of weeks after Bowies passing, the I heart Bowie crew are regrouping again for a special Festival appearance that will undoubtedly be a highlight. On that famous night back in January a crack team of Irelands finest musicians assembled, and, along with a host of stellar guest vocalists (Glenn Hansard, Bell X1, Jack L, Gavin James et. al) raised the roof in tribute to the Starman.
Ashes To Ashes Cabaret
SATURDAY - 7TH JAN - THE GRAND SOCIAL - 8PM
All proceeds go to the Cancer Versus Cabaret trust as this anarchic night of all things weird and wonderful hits the stage with a funk to funky program of performers strung out on heavens high and hosted by the Action Man himself, Big Chief Random Chaos.
Labyrinth / The man who fell to earth
Labyrinth: The all-singing, all-dancing muppety masterpiece.
The Man Who Fell To Earth: A new restoration of Nicholas Roeg’s masterpiece, in which David Bowie stars as an alien who falls to Earth.
Bowie Ball with special guests The Salty Dog Allstars
SATURDAY 7TH JAN - THE SUGAR CLUB - 10.30PM - ADM: €10
It's our Drive In Saturday big night out so Lets Spend The Night Together and Lets Dance as we don our Fashion and let a DJ or two take us on a Fantastic Voyage of Sound & Vision. Dress to impress (and win great prizes) let yourself go or justZiggyfy yerself with an orange wig and a lightening bolt make up cos this one is where we dance until the wee hours with back to back Bowie all night. The infamous band of Salty Dog pirates recreate their lauded Electric Picnic tribute to the Thin White Duke as they bring their rum soaked instruments to the Sugar Club for a raucous night of no holds wham bam thank you Mam rock n roll. Expect a dynamic mix of all the Glam classics with some soulful funky struts throughout the voyage.
Bowie Brunch with Ed Smith
SUNDAY 8TH JAN - THE WOOLLEN MILLS - 12.30-3.30PM - ADM: FREE
What do you need to know? There’s brunch and there’s Today FM’s Ed Smith of Ed’s Songs Of Praise spinning Bowie all day at the inaugral Bowie Brunch on the heated Woollen Mills terrace. Fuel up for the day ahead with a superb selection of classic brunch dishes, cooked with premium Irish artisan produce and toast David on what would have been his 70th birthday with one of the Woolleys delicious cocktails.
Queen Bitch Quiz
SUNDAY 8th JAN - THE GRAND SOCIAL - 4PM - ADM:FREE
A massive hit at the the inaugral Festival, the Queen Bitch Quiz returns to test even the most ardent Bowiephile on their knowledge of all things Bowie.
Vinyl & Wine presents: Low
SOLD OUT!!!!!! SUNDAY - 8TH JAN - THE LIQUOR ROOMS - 6PM
The Vinyl & Wine team presents a special Festival edition of their uber successful mothly listening event that showcases a classic album from start to finish on a high-quality sound system - specially provided by Cloney Audio. Tonights album is the imperious Low, the first of the fabled 'Berlin Trilogy', and its preceded by a discussion with a panel of experts on the album's production, influence and of course, the great man's legacy.
On what would have been Davids 70th birthday we leave it to the fantastic Rebel Rebel to celebrate the masters catalogue as this supreme bunch of musicians take us from Space Oddity to Blackstar over an action packed 2 plus hours of greatest hits and all time classics. Bowie guitarist & musical director Gerry Leonard stated after his appearance with the band at Dublin Bowie Festival 2016 that it was 'the closest thing to playing with Bowie Ive experienced'.
Bowie at the Barbers
SUNDAY 8TH JAN - ABNER BROWNS BARBER SHOP, RATHMINES - 7PM-9PM - ADM: FREE
Join Pop Scar, Albert Mann and Molly Sterling for an intimate evening of pared back sounds and songs from some of Bowies more oblique catalogue. Abner will be on hand to barber some Ziggy styles if desired!
A Secret Life
SUNDAY 8TH JAN - THE BOWERY - 9PM - ADM: FREE
Secret Life play tales of turmoil, tyranny and emancipation- the Sounds & Vision of David Bowie. The essence of Bowie’s work was as a voice for freedom, for expression and for the voiceless, the exploited and the oppressed, liberally sprinkled with songs of celebration, wit, charm and magic. Secret Life, an 8 piece collective based in Wexford, use stunning visuals while performing some of Bowies more obscure album tracks along with a smattering of classics from Space Oddity to Lazarus. Definitely one for the fans!
SUNDAY - 8TH JAN - THE WORKMANS - 11PM - FREE ADMISSION
What better way to keep the party going after the Vicar St show than to flex your own vocal chords live onstage as The Workmans hosts a special Bowie Festival of their late night Karaoke Club.
David Bowie: Critical Perspectives
MONDAY 9TH JAN - THE WINDING STAIR BOOKSHOP - 6PM - FREE ADMISSION
Join us for the launch of Paperback Edition of David Bowie: Critical Perspectives (Routledge: New York) edited by Eoin Devereux, Aileen Dillane and Martin J. Power. The editors organised the first ever academic conference about David Bowie in October 2012 which took place at University of Limerick, Ireland. This impressive collection of essays brings together some of the best writing about Bowie up to the release of The Next Day. Professor Eoin Devereux speaking in advance of the launch stated: "In publishing this collection of essays our intention is to engage in a serious way with the creative outputs of one of the most important figures within popular culture who managed to erase the artificial boundaries between high and low culture. In ‘Blackstar’ David Bowie sings of somebody else taking the place of the song’s central character. It will be a very long time before someone manages to displace David Bowie and his art."
Gerry Leonard Live & Q+A: Special Guests: Cello Ireland
We are honoured to welcome David Bowies guitarist, co-writer and musical director Gerry Leonard back to the Dublin Bowie Festival for an extra special show the day after he plays the Celebrating Bowie Concert in London’s O2 Arena. Gerry worked extensively with Bowie featuring on the Heathen, Reality and The Next Day albums. He toured with Bowie on the Heathen and Reality tours, and was musical director for the Reality tour and DVD. He has the only original writing credits other than Bowie on The Next Day, for the songs “Boss of Me” and “I’ll Take You There”. Gerry will be performing Bowie material with some special guests as well as his own Spooky Ghost solo output and the event will also feature a Q&A session chaired by Prof. Eoin Devereaux. Cello Ireland will join Gerry onstage to perform some specially arranged versions of Bowie tracks along with 2 rock drummers Ben Garret Overhead, The Albatross and Daniel Lang Red Enemy. They will also open the show..
THURSDAY - 5TH JAN - WHELANS - 6PM
Join us for a special festival edition of Silent Disco as we bump and grind to a selection of Bowies best dancefloor grooves.
TUESDAY 10TH JAN - THE GRAND SOCIAL - 6PM
On this most special of nights we pay our respects through music and words as we recall Bowies legacy on the first annivesary of his passing. The Bowie Raw collective – led by Dave Mcginley along with notable musicians such as Dave Frew (An Emotional Fish) and Trevor Hutchinson (The Waterboys) - will 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.
TUESDAY 10TH JAN - THE GRAND SOCIAL - 7.30PM - ADM: €17.50 (TICKETS.IE)
The Bowie Raw collective – led by Dave Mcginley along with notable musicians such as Christy Dignam (Aslan) Dave Frew (An Emotional Fish) and Trevor Hutchinson (The Waterboys) - will 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.
TUESDAY 10TH JAN - THE LIGHTHOUSE CINEMA- 9PM - ADM: €15
TA documentary film of the groundbreaking David Bowie is exhibition created by the Victoria and Albert Museum, London (V&A). The film takes the audience on an extraordinary journey through the David Bowie is exhibition with special guests including legendary Japanese fashion designer Kansai Yamamoto, Pulp front-man Jarvis Cocker, and other collaborators, to explore the stories behind some of the key objects that document Bowie’s artistic career.