2018 Events in the Recreation Ground

Sunday 27th May Dizzy's Open Air Cinema showing 'Grease' at Sunset
Sunday 8th July Bec Rec Fest from 12 noon
Saturday 11th August Bowie's Beckenham Oddity 12 noon until 8.30pm
Saturday 8th September Dizzy's Open Air Cinema showing 'Minions' at 7.30pm
Sunday 16th September Lewisham Concert Band at the Bandstand at 3pm
Saturday 22nd September Soultown Festival 12pm 'til 9pm
Saturday 3rd November Beckenham Fireworks in the Park
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Have you bought your tickets yet? If you haven’t don’t hang about too long as they’re selling fast!
Sunday 27th May at sunset, bring blankets, chairs, a picnic and whatever else you desire!

follow the link below for tickets!
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/beckenham-open-cinema-grease-tickets-43549981166




Photograph by Ray Stevenson

BOWIE’S BECKENHAM ODDITY is an annual fundraiser, supported by David Bowie when he provided signed items for auction at the event.

This year the Bowie Archive has donated another item signed by him, more details of which will follow before the festival in August.

Money raised goes to the Bandstand Restoration & Plaque Fund. Meanwhile here’s the press release, with ticket links, etc...

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BOWIE’S BECKENHAM ODDITY 2018:
Saturday, 11th August – 12 noon to 8pm
Croydon Road Recreation Centre, Beckenham, BR3 3PR

A festival celebrating the life and legacy of David Bowie, his time in Beckenham and beyond.

Fans and music lovers worldwide are invited to come together on Saturday 11th August 2018, in Beckenham, South London, to celebrate David Bowie's songs, life and influence, in the park where his rise to stardom began back in 1969.

The third “Bowie’s Beckenham Oddity” will take place at Croydon Road Recreation Ground, centred around the same iconic bandstand where Bowie and friends from the Beckenham Arts Lab held the UK’s first Free Festival - “The Growth Summer Festival” - on 16 August, nearly 49 years ago. The festival coincided with the release of David’s first hit single “Space Oddity” and the day was later immortalised with another Bowie single release: “Memory Of A Free Festival”.

This year’s event kicks off at 12 noon, with a line-up of musical talent who will reprise Bowie’s greatest songs, including “Life On Mars?”, the career defining classic he wrote whilst sat on the bandstand steps as well as doing some of their own songs.

Other attractions include food and drinks by local vendors, a raffle of donated prizes, and the auction of Bowie related memorabilia.

Tickets cost 10 adults, 5 for 10 to 16 year olds, and under 10's go free! Tickets are available online in advance from http://smarturl.it/BBOtix2018 or at the gate on the day of the event.

Fans can also support the event via the personalised brick sales, which will be laid in their name around the bandstand on restoration. They can also donate to the “Bowie Bandstand Restoration & Plaque Fund”, which will honour not only David Bowie, but all of the people who took part in the initial 1969 festival: http://smarturl.it/BowieBandstandAppeal

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B.B.O. Organiser Wendy Faulkner

After being actively involved in previous fundraiser events for the bandstand, when news broke of David Bowie’s death, Wendy felt they had to do this tribute for him and to get this unique piece of musical history restored in his name:

"It’s not just about Bowie, but also all the people who were involved with him along his path to stardom. Brixton has its mural, Aylesbury now has its Earthly Messenger statue, but for me the most real and meaningful place has to be at the bandstand. His ties to the borough and the bandstand are without question; he thrived here, having found the freedom to develop the songs that would later change him, change music and change the world. Slightly off the beaten track, it’s well worth the journey to come along to see it and experience it first-hand.

I'm pleased that David Bowie knew of the fundraising efforts, and donated signed items for the events before his passing. We will never see anyone like Bowie again, a true legend and star, and this is our way to keep the memory alive and put the iconic bandstand on the map."

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“Bowie’s Beckenham Oddity” is supported by idverde , Bromley Parks, and The London Borough of Bromley, who have named the bandstand "The Bowie Bandstand" in his honour.

Tickets: http://smarturl.it/BBOtix2018

For further information, images and interviews please contact:
Wendy Faulkner
Email:
bowiesbeckenhamoddity@gmail.com
Mobile: 07538 984631


Have you bought your tickets yet? If you haven’t don’t hang about too long as they’re selling fast!
Saturday 8th September at sunset, bring blankets, chairs, a picnic and whatever else you desire!

follow the link below for tickets!
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/beckenham-family-open-air-cinema-minions-tickets-43550265015


Do you love Motown and Soul? Join us for the biggest summer event of the year. We have an incredible line up - to be announced very soon. Two huge bars, VIP garden, champagne bars, huge festival stage, stalls, street food and much more. Keep an eye on our website and social media channels for announcements. One thing we can guarantee you wont be dissapointed.

follow the link below for tickets!
https://www.eventbrite.co.uk/e/soultown-festival-tickets-44609662702


Previous Events




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Bromley Concert Band - May 2017


More photos can be found on our Facebook Page


Community Carols - 18 December 2016


What's Christmas without a Brass Band?
Vocals: Bob Barnes - Chairman of Crystal Palace Progress Band


Lewisham Concert Band - 11 September 2016


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Bowie's Beckenham Oddity - 13 August 2016


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BOWIE’S BECKENHAM ODDITY
A festival celebrating the life and legacy of David Bowie and The Beckenham Arts Lab

Bowie fans and music lovers from Britain and beyond came together in Beckenham, south London on Saturday 13 August 2016, in the park where his rise to stardom took off in 1969.

Bowie’s Beckenham Oddity took place at the bandstand at the Croydon Road Recreation Ground, where Bowie and his friends from the Beckenham Arts Lab organised The UK’s first Free Festival on 16 August, 47 years ago. The festival coincided with the release of David’s first hit single Space Oddity and was immortalised with another hit song, Memory Of A Free Festival.

This year’s event kicked off with a stellar line up of musical talent, who reprised lots of Bowie’s greatest songs including Life On Mars?, which he began to write while sitting on the bandstand steps. Featured artists include Malcolm Doherty, Daphne Guinness, Maggi Ronson, Phillip Rambow and Boe Huntress.

There was a welcome return from Amory Kane who played at the 1969 Free Festival and also at the 2013 and 2014 Memory of a Free Festival events organised at the bandstand by Beckenham resident Natasha Ryzhova Lau. The avant garde duo Raf & O were also welcomed back, following their performances in 2013 and 2014.

David’s co-founder and organiser of The Beckenham Arts Lab, Mary Finnigan, signed copies of her recently published book Psychedelic Suburbia.

The two Memory of a Free Festival events raised 16,000 towards the bandstand restoration fund. Bowie’s Beckenham Oddity organiser Wendy Faulkner says her aim this year was to raise even more.

“After the devastating news of David’s death in January we felt we had to do a tribute for him -- and there’s no more fitting place to do this than the bandstand where he played in 1969,” she said. “It’s not just about Bowie, but also all the people who were involved with him along his path to stardom”.

Bowie’s Beckenham Oddity was supported by The London Borough of Bromley, which has named the bandstand in his honour. When enough money is raised, it will be restored to its former glory.

Other attractions this year included food and drinks by local caterers Dizzy’s Diner, plus market stalls. There was an auction of Bowie memorabilia at the end of the day.

Visit the Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/bowies.beckenham.oddity/


Iggy Pop signs a film poster to be auctioned at the event
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BeckRecFest - Sunday 10th July 2016


Crystal Palace Progress Brass Band - 22 May 2016


Lewisham Concert Band - 27 September 2015


BeckRecFest - Sunday 12th July 2015

This was a joint event with Dizzy's Diner and The Friends and raised 500 towards the bandstand renovation fund

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The Funky Chicks

   

Bromley Cheerleaders

 

Go Karts

 

Dread Centre - Reggae Band

   

Flower Stall

 

Paradigm - Rock Band

 

The Strawberries - Girl Band


Bromley Concert Band played on the Bandstand on Sunday 14th June 2015
during a concert sponsored and organised by The Friends of Croydon Road Recreation Ground.

 

Memory of a Free Festival 2014
Same Place, Same Day, 45 years later

To the delight of David Bowie fans and music lovers at home and abroad, Memory of a Free Festival reprised on Saturday 16 August.
The date coincided exactly with the 45th anniversary of the legendary Free Festival organised in 1969 by Bowie and The Beckenham Arts Lab.


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More information about the event

The event has a Facebook page here

Media Coverage:


BBC Radio Kent Interview - 8th July 2014

Newshopper article - 2nd July 2014
Davidbowie.com Article - 4th August 2014
Newshopper article - 4th August 2014
Croydon Radio interview - 9th August 2014
BBC Radio Kent Interview - 10th August 2014
Newshopper article - 18th August 2014

Photos from the 2014 event


Bromley Concert Band played on the Bandstand on a glorious afternoon on Sunday 18th May 2014
during a concert sponsored and organised by The Friends of Croydon Road Recreation Ground.

 

CELEBRATING DAVID BOWIE AND THE BECKENHAM ARTS LAB

The residential south of London may not conjure up visions of youthful exuberance and rock music but, on a very wet Sunday 15th September 2013, the Friends of Croydon Road Recreation Ground were not disappointed when hundreds of people descended on the recreation ground to celebrate David Bowie - Beckenham's most famous former Beckenham resident, the legacy of the Arts Laboratory he co-founded, and the sensational Free Festival that Arts Lab members staged on the Bandstand in the park in 1969.


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Many Thanks to...

Media Coverage:
The Independent
The Daily Telegraph
The Express
New Musical Express - NME
BBC Radio 4 -Today Programme
BBC Radio Kent - Breakfast with John Warnett and Clare McDonnell
BBC London News
BBC News website
@beckenhambowie

Photos of the event


Bromley Concert Band played on the Bandstand on a glorious afternoon on Sunday 19th May 2013
during a concert sponsored and organised by The Friends of Croydon Road Recreation Ground.

 

Photographs above kindly provided by Roger M Stevens ARPS DPAGB


Some pictures from the Bandstand Marathon afternoon
9th September 2012
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Some pictures from Dizzy's Diner Family Fun Day
in conjunction with The Friends
15th July 2012
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The 'Hearts of Steel' steel band played in the bandstand on the afternoon of Sunday 18th September 2011 and the children were entertained by David Wilde with his Punch & Judy Show

 

Bromley Concert Band played in the Bandstand on the afternoon of Sunday 22nd May 2011 and the children were entertained by David Wilde with his Punch & Judy Show

 

Photos courtesy of Roger M Stephens ARPS


The Friends presented another afternoon of free family fun and music at the Bandstand on Sunday 30th May 2010 at which The Hares played some popular numbers. and Mr. Bonkers who created models from balloons for the children (and adults!)


Scenes from May Queens' Coronations on Saturday 1st May 2010

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The Friends presented an afternoon of free family fun and music at the Bandstand on Sunday 20th September 2009 at which Adelphi Rhode played a wide variety of music . The children were entertained by David Wilde with his Punch & Judy Show and Mr. Bonkers who created models from balloons for the children (and adults!)

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The large crowd who turned out to listen to Adelphi Rhode   Adelphi Rhode on the Bandstand

The Punch and Judy Show


On a VERY wet weekend in September 2008 Beckenham Family show and Country Fayre took place.
It was disappointingly deserted when these photos were taken.
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The Friends presented an afternoon of free family fun and music at the bandstand on Sunday 25th May 2008. The band played a mixture of Blue Grass, country and Irish music while the children were, as last year, entertained by Punch & Judy and an entertainer from the Big Hand company.
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Pictures from Beckenham and West Wickham Lions Fete, July 2007
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Picture from the May Queen Coronations 2007

Beckenham May Queen 2007

Beckenham Area May Queen, Georgina Bowen with her Prince Tiane Sauvage-Cole
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Pictures from the Beckenham Family Show, September 2006
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London Transport bus - Click on image for larger picture Bungee Jump - Click on image for larger picture Ferret and Gun Dog Show - Click on image for larger picture
Children's Slides - click on image for larger picture Children's Go-Karts - click on image for larger picture

The Friends of Croydon Road Recreation Ground 2008 -