For many, January will always be remembered as both the anniversary of David Bowie’s birth and death. When the musician died after an 18 month battle with liver cancer on 10 January 2016 (two days after his 69th birthday), there was a huge outpouring of grief around the world. Thousands and thousands made a pilgrimage to Brixton to visit a mural of his face, which became a huge shrine with flowers piling the streets and spilling onto the road. Bowie changed the world culturally!
That’s why I’m excited to report that on what would have been his 70th birthday (8th January 2017), Nick Stephenson is launching the David Bowie Musical Walking Tour in London. This isn’t your average walking tour where you visit key points in Bowie’s life to a factual commentary. You do get the facts, but you get Bowie’s music too, expertly played by Stephenson. This makes it more suitable for those who don’t speak much English and also for those of us who get bored easily. Facts are good, but we all love Bowie’s music more than facts about his life.
The tour, which will run regularly on Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays will be a 2-hour guided experience through David Bowie’s early life in Brixton, encompassing many rarely celebrated landmarks in one of the most vibrant, independent and striving areas of London.
For just £10 a ticket, you will be treated to various sites that relate to the legendary singer’s life and death with funny, moving and often surprising anecdotes enthusiastically told throughout the tour by the friendly, charismatic and super knowledgeable Nick Stephenson.
The songs performed en route include:
Space Oddity, Suffragette City, Ashes to ashes, The man who sold the world, Rebel Rebel, Life on Mars? Starman, Drive in Saturday, Heroes
Landmark areas of the tour include:
David Bowie Mural – Discover the story behind the mural
Bowie’s Birthplace and Primary School – School days and family life for the young David Robert Jones
Pop Brixton – Exciting Community project in the heart of Brixton
The Ritzy Cinema – Where hundreds of fans gathered to pay their respects on the 11th of Jan 2016
The Brixton Academy – discover what happened when David Bowie returned to Brixton for a homecoming show!
Photofusion Gallery – The very best in social photography from around Britain including a recent David Bowie exhibition.
Nick (above) is a very talented and experienced musician. I would attempt to describe what he’s done, but you can find all the info on his website.
Want to join a tour? Win a pair of tickets to an 11am or 2pm show on the date of your choice by answering this question. The answer can be found above:
What date (day and month) is David Bowie’s birthday?
Email your answer to firstname.lastname@example.org before 2359 on Saturday 7 January. Usual LLAVIP competition T&Cs apply. Good luck!
TO BOOK TICKETS (IF YOU DON’T WIN)
Tickets are £10.00 and tours commence outside Brixton tube station. We recommend guests arrive at least 10 minutes early. Tour guide will be by the tourist information map holding a guitar.