On Monday evening fans gathered spontaneously in south London to celebrate the life of Brixton boy David Bowie, and throughout the week his genius has been celebrated across the world as the news of his passing began to sink in.
Bowie died after an 18-month battle with cancer on Monday January 10th, surrounded by his family.
In a statement released today the family said they were "overwhelmed and grateful for the love and support shown throughout the world".
Across London this weekend fans dozens of pubs and clubs are putting on special nights to dance the blues in his honour. Here are some of the highlights:
Club and pub nights
- Bow Down To Bowie, Pop Brixton, SW9
Tonight in Brixton fans will gather to celebrate the life and work of their most famous artist. Pop Brixtonwill be hosting a Bowie-extravaganza with 'Ziggy Stardust' and 'Space Oddity' cocktails, and a local DJ who owns the entire Bowie discography on record. Entry will be free, but donations will be accepted on behalf of Cancer Research.
- RIP David Bowie Party, Machine No. 3, 271 Well Street, E9
East London's newest cocktail bar, Machine No.3 in Well Street will be paying tribute to the Star Man from 8PM to 12.30PM tonight. DJ David Anderssen will be playing Bowie classics, collaborations and covers all night. There will be prizes for the best Bowie fancy dress, face paint and t-shirts.
- Bowie Night, O'Neill's Beckenham, Opposite Beckenham Junction Station, BR3
Bowie fans in Beckenham have are expected to attend a celebration at O'Neills pub, with the DJ spinning Bowie tunes all night to celebrate the local hero. The pub will decorated for and there will be a prize for the best outfit.
- Burn Down The Disco Bowie Tribute, O2 Academy Islington
Burn Down The Disco, every Saturday night at the O2 in Islington, had already planned a Bowie themed night to celebrate his new album, Black Star. After the sad news of the death the night sold out immediately, and so they have scheduled another one for January 23rd. 50% of profits for the night will go to Cancer Research UK.
- Bowie Tribute Night, Duckie, 372 Kennington Lane, Vauxhall
Legendary Vauxhall glamour haunt Duckiewill be hosting what many are predicting will be the best Bowie tribute in town this Saturday night from 9pm, until 2am. Writing on its Facebook page, the club has warned anyone who doesn't love the Brixton singer to stay away.
- David Bowie Send-off Shindig, Surya, 156 Pentonvill Road, N1
Surya, near Kings Cross will be hosting a party with free entry tonight from 7pm until 4am, it says, and guests will be invited to donate to the Terrance Higgins Trust, Macmillan or Cancer Research. There will be Bowie fans doing open mic, Bowie video playing upstairs and Bowie inspired cocktails.
Eight cinemas have changed their schedules to show the 1986 classic Labyrinth, the adventure fantasy film directed by Jim Henson, produced by George Lucas and of course starring David Bowie as the Goblin King Jareth.
Catch the film on the big screen at the following venues:
- Art House Crouch End
- Clapham Picturehouse
- Hackney Picturehouse
- Odeon Kingston
- Picturehouse Central
- Prince Charles Cinema
- Ritzy Cinema Brixton
- Stratford Picturehouse