This Day in Music History

16 Aug 2019

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Background

A bandstand where David Bowie played soon after the release of his first hit single ‘Space Oddity’ was given a Grade II listing. The singer performed from the stand to a small audience in Croydon Road Recreation Ground on 16 August 1969. The bandstand was the centrepiece of a one-day festival, which Bowie helped to organise and later inspired him to write the seven-minute song, ‘Memory Of A Free Festival’.

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