The annual Dublin Bowie Festival returns for its fourth edition from Monday January 7th until Sunday January 13th and again, fans of the legendary singer are in for a treat with the week-long event set to celebrate 50 years of Space Oddity and the greatest Starman of our time.
An unbelievable line-up of musicians, photographers, artists, writers, DJs, designers and even an astronaut or two, are set to take over Dublin City for the jam packed festival which kicks off on January 7th, 2019.
To celebrate the 50th anniversary of Bowie’s ground-breaking Space Oddity album – along with the 1969 moon landing – the organisers of the festival have joined forces with Blackrock Castle Observatory, Dr Niamh Shaw and some of the country’s top astronauts and space experts to celebrate all things cosmos.
Kicking off the festival on Monday 7th of January is a real treat for Bowiephiles; a world premiere exclusive Festival performance of the Space Oddity album from start to finish (and Other songs from the Bowie Universe) by the I Heart Bowie ensemble alongside the renowned Trinity Orchestra and some very special guest singers in the hallowed National Concert Hall.
As Westworld’s Evan Rachel Wood recently proclaimed on The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon after having been guest featured on a number of shows on tour with the alumni band, “It’s not a cover band. It’s the actual band. It’s as close as you’re going to get to Bowie.”
Other musical highlights include a thrilling double bill at The Grand Social on Friday, January 11th, featuring the dynamic Heroes From Mars and the only act on the planet that cover Bowie’s 1960’s material, The London Boys, while superb Irish tribute band Rebel Rebel headline The Academy on Saturday 12th.
Later that night the action resumes in The Grand Social for a midnight Space Masquerade Ball featuring those rum rogues of the Electric Picnic, The Salty Dog Allstars.
The Lighthouse Cinema are involved again and their Bowie related program ticks all the boxes as Space lovers can enjoy seeing Bowie’s cult sci-fi classic Man Who Fell to Earth and the movie that inspired Bowie to introduce Major Tom to the universe, Stanley Kubrick’s 2001 – A Space Odyssey. We’re particularly pleased that they are also screening Moon, the superb debut feature film of one Duncan Jones, Bowie’s son. For family fun it’s hard to beat the 80’s musical fantasy Labyrinth and its noon screening on Saturday 12th kicks off a family friendly day of activities in Smithfield Square that includes talks, workshops and experiments as we engage our inner scientist while gazing up at the stars from inside a Mobile Planetarium looking at The View from Major Toms Tin Can.
More exciting events and ticket details will also be revealed at the launch. For further details check out www.dublinbowiefestival.ie