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David Bowie’s last band performing at the Belfast International Arts Festival

David Bowie (Yui Mok/PA)
David Bowie (Yui Mok/PA)
Donny McCaslin

The last band to perform with David Bowie before he died are set to perform as part of the Belfast International Arts Festival later this year.

Saxophonist Donny McCaslin and his group will take to the stage at The Limelight on Wednesday, October 25.

The band will perform tracks from their latest album, Beyond Now, which is dedicated to Bowie.

“It was like a dream except it was something I could never have dreamed of," McCaslin said of working with the iconic singer on his final album, Blackstar. 

“David Bowie was a visionary artist whose generosity, creative spirit, and fearlessness will stay with me for the rest of my days.  Beyond Now is dedicated to him and to all who loved him.”

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Donny McCaslin

The album, Beyond Now, documents ‘David Bowie’s Last Band’ as they were processing both their grief and Bowie’s distinctive impact.

With three Grammy nominations and 11 albums to his name, McCaslin’s path to Bowie and Beyond Now can be traced back to 2011 with the release of his album Perpetual Motion, taking on an electric direction for the first time, in contrast to his previous acoustic projects.

After featuring as a soloist on the track Sue (Or in a Season of Crime) Bowie visited McCaslin and his band at the 55 Bar in Greenwich Village, resulting in a new collaboration and friendship that transpired through the recording of Blackstar until Bowie’s passing.

Speaking about the upcoming gig, Head of Music at the Arts Council NI, Ciaran Scullion, said: “The addition of the Donny McCaslin Group enriches the musical offering of this truly international festival and I would encourage everyone to go along.”

Tickets for the concert are available now at

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