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Bowie tribute concert to be held in Islington tonight

David Bowie's life will be celebrated at a tribute concert this evening, a week after the musical pioneer died from cancer.

Three pews at London's Union Chapel in Islington will be reserved for friends and collaborators of the singer.

The line-up remains a closely-guarded secret, although more than 20 performers were rumored to be appearing appear.

Stefan Simanowitz, event organiser, said: "The massive response from musicians and from the public has been staggering but not surprising."

What it was like to be at the Brixton Bowie remembrance gig

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Mike Urban runs a news and music website in Brixton and organised a special remembrance gig in memory of David Bowie. He tells us how the singer's life was celebrated in the area he came from.

I've been a huge fan of Bowie since I was a kid and - like many other people - was completely destroyed by news of his death.

As soon as I heard, I knew I had to do something that night in Brixton to celebrate the man.

Bowie is both a personal hero and a Brixton icon, so I thought the best place to host the night would be in Brixton's last rock'n'roll bar, The Prince Albert in Coldharbour Lane.

By 5pm, the pub was rammed, and by 7pm a queue stretched 200 metres down Coldharbour Lane!

I got three other DJs to join me - all massive Bowie fans - and collectively we probably had almost all of Bowie's recorded output on vinyl.

I'd also compiled a reel of Bowie's videos and film rarities to show during the night.

The atmosphere was wonderful inside the pub, with Bowie fans singing his greatest hits - and lesser known songs - with emotion and passion.

There were tears and laughter but, most of all, a sense that we'd all come together to celebrate Brixton's most brilliant son in the best possible way, by dancing and singing through the night to his wonderful music.

Even when the lights went on and the music stopped at the end of the evening, the crowd kept on singing in the streets which resonated with Bowie's great tunes.


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David Bowie exhibition to be beamed into cinemas

David Bowie fans across the country will have a chance to look around the sell-out exhibition at the V&A Museum without paying the cost of a ticket or even a fare to London.

On 13 August, curators and "special guests" will lead a virtual tour of the exhibition that will be beamed into more than 200 cinemas. It will be directed by Hamish Hamilton, who received a Bafta for his work on the Olympic and Paralympic ceremony coverage.

Some 200,000 people have visited the London museum to see around 300 items and photos from the Bowie archive. The exhibition draws to a close in August before moving on to Toronto in Canada and Sao Paolo in Brazil.

V&A director Martin Roth said: "Visitors have gone to great lengths for a chance to see our exhibition so we wanted to give everyone across the country one last opportunity to experience it for themselves."

Tickets will go on sale on Friday 28 June and will cost £10-£14. See whether your local cinema is participating here.


'Avoiding the industry treadmill is very David Bowie'

David Bowie has released his first album and single today in over a decade. The release coincides with a major Bowie exhibition which is due to be staged at London's V&A in March. A spokesperson for the iconic artist said:

Throwing shadows and avoiding the industry treadmill is very David Bowie despite his extraordinary track record that includes album sales in excess of 130 million not to mention his massive contributions in the area of art, fashion, style, sexual exploration and social commentary. It goes without saying that he has sold out stadiums and broken ticket records throughout the world during this most influential of careers

Bowie releases new album and surprise single

The legendary singer in action. Credit: PA

Music legend David Bowie has broken years of silence and speculation to release his first single and album in a decade.

The glam-rock singer, who shot to fame in the late 60s with Space Oddity, has released the recording Where are we now? on iTunes to coincide with his 66th birthday.

A follow-up album called The Next Day is set to be released in March.

Bowie has not performed live since 2006 and has rarely been seen in public since then, leading to rumours of possible ill-health which were denied by his spokesman.

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