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David Bowie Made Me Gay - Daryll W Bullock and Tonie Walsh.

Bloody Mary’s, Wednesday, January 8.

Enjoy a special festival presentation and Q&A hosted by the eminent Irish activist Tonie Walsh in conversation with the UK music aficionado and author Darryl W Bullock. Bullock chronicles the sexually progressive soundtrack to the LGBT+ community’s struggle for acceptance worldwide in his book - David Bowie Made Me Gay. This is a timely and provocative look at how the spectrum of LGBT+ culture has influenced and brought (ch-ch-ch-) changes to the mainstream.

I Heart Bowie

Whelans, Wednesday, January 8.

The esteemed Whelans house band, along with a variety of guest vocalists, will perform much-loved tracks from the man himself.

Culture Vultures - Boys and Girls Keep Swinging -David Bowie: Pioneer of Sexual Fluidity

The Workmans Club, Thursday, January 9.

The always invigorating and entertaining pop culture event welcomes panellists Roe McDermott, Dr Alex Sharpe and Daryll W Bullock to debate and discuss Bowie’s influence on sexual fluidity, while musical Corkonian powerhouse Jack O’Rourke provides the tunes, promising some raw, emotionally charged renditions of Bowie classics.

Glasshouse: The Berlin Trilogy Reimagined

The Sugar Club, Thursday, January 9.

Taking a selection of music from Bowie’s classic albums - Low, Heroes and Lodger - Glasshouse will take you on a journey to what Bowie called his musical DNA. Expect rousing performances from the 12-person ensemble in what will surely be a night to remember.

The Woman Who Sold The World

The George Bar, Friday, January 10.

A glamtastic fashion and drag show celebrating sexual fluidity and freedom, all fronted by the hostess with the mostest - Veda Beaux Reves.

The Birth Of Bowie with Phil Lancaster and the London Boys

The Sugar Club, Friday, January 10.

A Q&A with former 1960’s Bowie drummer Phil Lancaster and a live set from Bowie specialists, The London Boys. Phil will also be selling and signing copies of his book At The Birth Of Bowie.

Rebel Rebel: Sound and Vision 2020

The Academy, Friday, January 10.

To celebrate Bowie’s Sound and Vision Tour of 30 years ago (which also marked his debut playing The Point Depot), Rebel Rebel will replicate Bowie’s choice to allow the fans select his setlist.

Starman - Freddie Burretti: The Man Who Sewed the World

The Screening Room, The 5 Lamps Brewery at The Camden. Saturday, January 11.

This documentary tells the fascinating story of Freddie Burretti; David Bowie’s very close friend and key early 1970’s Ziggy Stardust costume collaborator and stylist. Ultimately, it provides a unique insight as to how they came together, challenged homophobia, fashion and a sceptical rock music industry and won.The documentary will be presented by its director Lee Schriven who will also host a Q&A after the film. Proceeds go to the Peter McVerry Trust.

Holy Holy

The Olympia, Saturday, January 11.

The legendary producer/bassist Tony Visconti and the Spiders From Mars drummer Woody Woodmansey join forces with Heaven 17’s Glen Gregory on vocals and an all-star line up to headline the festival in the hallowed venue where Bowie himself played in 1997. The band will perform The Man Who Sold The World and Ziggy Stardust albums in their entirety followed by a set of Bowie classics from the ‘70s.

Holy Mother

Lost Lane, Saturday, January 11.

The iconic nightclub goes all out, hosting a Bowie special.

For more information and to get your hands on tickets visit www.dublinbowiefestival.ie

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