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The Best Australian David Bowie Tribute Events You Need To Know About

Written by Tom Williams on January 13, 2016

As the world continues to mourn the loss of David Bowie, tribute events in the late muso’s honour are popping up all over the place. We’re talking everything from all-Bowie DJ sets to trivia nights and dress-up parties.

So, without further ado, here are some of the best Bowie tribute events happening in Australia over the coming weeks:

SYDNEY

Sydney Festival 2016 David Bowie Tribute in Hyde Park

Wednesday, 13th January 2016 (From 6:15pm Local Time)
The Bandstand, Meriton Festival Village, Hyde Park
Free Entry

Sydney Festival’s free David Bowie tribute event is taking place in the city’s Hyde Park on Wednesday,with a lineup of DJs in store to pay tribute to the creative icon. Head here for more info, and start getting your best Bowie outfit ready.

VALE TO OUR HERO : A TRIBUTE TO DAVID BOWIE

Friday, 15th January 2016 (From 10pm Local Time)
Oxford Art Factory, Sydney

Oxford Art is paying tribute to Bowie this Friday night by playing his music and showcasing a special collection of his inspirational visuals and videos in the Gallery Bar. More info here.

Care?-E?-Okay! Six decades of Bowie

Thursday, 14th January 2016 (From 10pm Local Time)
Tokyo Sing Song, Sydney
Free

Newtown’s Tokyo Sing Song is bracing itself for a night of sweet, sweet Bowie karaoke as it farewells the beloved muso. More info here.

Speed of Life: A Live Tribute to David Bowie

Saturday, 30th January 2016 (From 7pm Local Time)
Freda’s, Chippendale
Tickets: On The Door

Curated by musician and lifelong Bowie fan Alex Cross, Speed Of Life will see the Freda’s House Band knocking out Bowie tunes with the likes of Client Liaison, triple j’s Tom Tilley, DJs and some special guests. More info here.

MELBOURNE

Bowie: DJ Mermaid Pays Tribute

Saturday, 16th January 2016 (From 11:30pm Local Time)
Cherry Bar, Melbourne

Melbourne rocker DJ Mermaid will be paying tribute to Bowie from 11:30pm right through to 5am this weekend. More info here.

Let’s Dance and Celebrate the Life of Bowie

Thursday, 14th January 2016 (From 10pm Local Time)
Ding Dong Lounge, Melbourne
Free Entry With Costume / $5 On The Door Without

Ding Dong Lounge has locked in a Bowie dress-up party with DJs spinning Bowie classics from 10pm until late. Punters can save themselves some dosh by rocking up in their best Bowie outfits too. More info here.

Open Mic Bowie Tribute

Wednesday, 20th January 2016 (From 6pm Local Time)
Whole Lotta Love, Melbourne

Whole Lotta Love has a bunch of Bowie karaoke spots up for brags, and is looking for Bowie-lovers who are prepared to dress up and tackle obscure songs so that everyone doesn’t have to listen to Let’s Dance 20 times in a row. More info here.

Bowie Tribute/Trivia Night

Thursday, 14th January 2016 (From 5pm Local Time)
The Wilde, Melbourne

Fitzroy’s The Wilde wants to know who Melbourne’s biggest Bowie fans are, so they’re hosting a Bowie trivia night complete with Bowie tunes and screenings of Labyrinth, The Man Who Fell To Earth and Basquiat. More info here.

The Speed of Life : A Night of Bowie at The Curtin

Friday, 15th January 2016 (From 5pm Local Time)
The Curtin, Melbourne
Free Entry

Kate Reid (Psychedelic Coven/It Records) and Per Bystrom (EXHAUSTION/Ooga Boogas/Gimme Shelter) are set to DJ in tribute to the Thin White Duke this Friday, with all-Bowie sets kicking off at 10:30 pm. More info here.

The Sunday Set: Bowie

Sunday, 17th January 2016 (From 4pm Local Time)
The Toff In Town, Melbourne

The Toff’s upcoming Sunday Set is being dedicated to Bowie, with DJs ready to lead the charge. More info here.

POW! Fridays – David Bowie Tribute

Friday, 15th January 2016 (From 9pm Local Time)
Mynt Lounge, Melbourne
Free Entry

POW! is prepping for a big night of Bowie tributes, with ‘The Sweatshop’ pumping Bowie tunes from midnight. Before then, there’s a selection of DJs on hand, as well as acts Parks Department and Aura. More info here.

Vale Bowie! – Saturdays at The Richmond Yard

Saturday, 16th January 2016 (From 4pm Local Time)
The Richmond Yard, Melbourne
Free Entry

The Richmond Yard is preparing to spin “eclectic treasures and rarities by Bowie and his collaborators” this week, with some DJs in control all night long. More info here.

BRISBANE

Ziggy Played Guitar David Bowie Tribute

Sunday, 21st February 2016
The Foundry, Brisbane
Tickets: Oztix / On The Door

Ziggy Played Guitar will help raise money for cancer charities, with The Foundry honouring Ziggy Stardust himself with a night of music and positive vibes. Lineup TBA, more info here.

The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars

Saturday, 6th February 2016 (7:30pm Local Time)
Brisbane Powerhouse, Brisbane
Tickets: Brisbane Powerhouse

David Bowie’s 1972 album will be performed live in its entirety by a stellar cast of Brisbane’s finest in a rock‘n’roll cabaret style. 10% of all proceeds will go to the Australian Cancer Research Foundation. More info here.

REBEL REBEL David Bowie Celebration

Friday, 15th January 2016 (From 8pm Local Time)
Beetle Bar, Brisbane
Tickets: On The Door (18+)

Beetle Bar has announced an all-vinyl Bowie celebration featuring a TBA list of DJs. All door proceeds will go to charity. More info here.

David Bowie Video Tribute

Thursday, 14th January 2016 (From 6:30pm Local Time)
New Globe Theatre, Brisbane
Free Entry (18+ Only)

Brunswick’s New Globe Theatre is set to host a Bowie video tribute later this week, with a screening of Ziggy Stardust & The Spiders From Mars and a 90-minute collection of documentary clips, performance footage and music videos. More info here.

ADELAIDE

Let’s Dance: A David Bowie Tribute Night

Saturday, 16th January (From 11:30pm Local Time)
Jive, Adelaide
Tickets: On The Door

Craig Flanigan from Adelaide’s DiG retro night is set to pay tribute to The Thin White Duke at Jive later this month, pumping Bowie tunes and a bunch of stuff from the ’70s and ’80s. More info here.

PERTH

Let’s Dance!: A Tribute Night To Bowie

Friday, 15th January 2016 (From 8:30pm Local Time)
The Rocket Room, Perth
Tickets: MyGuestlist

Northbridge venue The Rocket Room has a Bowie tribute band (Wesley Goodlet Jamboree Scouts) in store for its event, and is asking punters to rock up in their best Bowie outfit. They’ll also be showing back-to-back Bowie live concerts on the night. More info here.

GEELONG

Sunday Service / David Bowie Tribute Night

Sunday, 17th January 2016 (From 3pm Local Time)
The Barwon Club Hotel, Geelong
Tickets: On The Door / Free Before 7pm

The Barwon Club Hotel’s upcoming Sunday Service has also become a dress-up party in Bowie’s honour. DJs will be spinning tunes, and there’ll be a ‘Bowie Hour in the Barn’ from 9pm. More info here.

WOLLONGONG

David Bowie Tribute Night

Thursday, 14th January 2016 (From 8pm Local Time)
Rad, Wollongong
Free Entry

Simple: “Nothing but Bowie all night.” More info here.

NEWCASTLE

AGS David Bowie Tribute

Sunday, 17th January 2016 (From 8pm Local Time)
King Street Hotel, Newcastle
Free Entry

King Street Hotel’s Any Given Sunday (AGS) is throwing a musical Bowie tribute in the RockClub this weekend. More info here.

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