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Bowie's Beckenham bandstand becomes Grade II listed


A bandstand David Bowie held a festival at has been give a Grade II listed status by Historic England. Bowie performed at the Growth Summer Festival August 16 1969. Interview with musician Keith Christmas, who performed with the singer. It has been listed at Grade II by the Department for Digital, Culture, Media and Sport on the advice of Historic England. Soon after his first hit single Space Oddity, Bowie and friends organised the iconic Growth Summer Festival in August 1969. The hope was to raise money for a permanent base for his and Finnigan’s Beckenham Arts Lab project, which began life as a folk club in the backroom of the nearby Three Tuns pub.

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