08 September 2016
The Friends Group for Croydon Road Recreation Ground have
launched a crowdfunding campaign to help restore the iconic 'Bowie'
Bandstand in Beckenham. They are running this campaign in order to
restore the historic bandstand where David Bowie performed at the
Beckenham Arts Lab Growth Summer Festival in 1969.
Following the sad news of David Bowie's death earlier this year,
the bandstand became a focal point in Bromley where fans were able
to leave memorials to their hero.
The bandstand is also the last identifiable one of its type and
has a wealth of musical heritage, having been the venue for many
musical performances by well-known and not so well-known bands and
individuals since its installation in 1905.
Once complete, the restored bandstand will also be a
fit-for-purpose performance space, which will offer a variety of
entertainment opportunities. It will be a living legacy to Bowie
and the other famous names who performed that day back in 1969 and,
hopefully, will continue to host many more memorable performances
in the years to come.
In total, £93,000 is still needed in order to complete the
restoration of the bandstand, in addition to the £35,000 already
raised. A Bowie festival, organised by a group called "Memory
of a Free Festival" and supported by the Friends, raised a massive
Whilst the Friends group are putting every effort to fundraise
for the project, the restoration of the bandstand will not be
possible without the help of supporters!
Supporters have different opportunities to contribute to the
restoration of the bandstand:
- Supporters can pledge a donation at www.spacehive.com/bowiebandstand.
Every donation is reflected on the crowdfunding page in the
"backers" section. For businesses, this is a great opportunity to
display their logo and show their support to a community
- Supporters are also invited to purchase a personalised brick
around the much-loved landmark. The bricks, which cost £100, can
commemorate a loved one; celebrate a special occasion; promote a
business or be a personal tribute to David Bowie. The bricks will
form the circular pathway around the structure and can be purchased
For more information, please visit their website here.