Double bill featuring two of our best Bowie tribute acts that cover all eras of the Bowie songbook.
The 6 piece band The London Boys take us back to the 60’s, the Mod era of Take My Tip and Good Morning Girl, when Bowie was David Jones with foppish hair and Saville Row suited and booted. The ‘Boys’ also extensively cover Bowie’s ‘Anthony Newley’ period when his unique insights into childhood collided with a musical hall fascination to produce amazing tunes such as ‘In The Heat Of The Morning’ and ‘The Gospel According To Tony Day’, both early harbingers of the Brit Pop sound that conquered the pop world in the 1990’s.
Heroes From Mars are wham bam thank you mam rock n rollers, covering all the hits from Ziggy to Blackstar with some seriously funky grooves from Bowie’s mid 70s ‘plastic soul’ era nestling perfectly in their extensive set list.
Heroes From Mars
This aptly monikered Dublin outfit emerged shortly after our Hero’s untimely death in January 2016. Their debut was intended to be a once off collaboration in aid of a Bowie-themed night for the Irish Cancer Charity and has lead to three years of non-stop gigging.
Heroes From Mars (or The Heroes as we might start calling ‘em!) have made it their mission to be one of the top performing Bowie tributes in Ireland and on the strength of a recent headline show in The Grand Social, they have more than exceeded anyone’s expectations. No make-up, no panto, no gimmicks, just beautifully realised renditions of Bowie’s amazing songbook.
DBF’19 will be their third year as one of our stand-out live music acts. They have undertaken entire Bowie albums start to finish amongst them, Ziggy Stardust - the 45th Anniversary Show and Legacy, the hits of Bowie and the Goblin King’s Masquerade Ball.
Heroes From Mars are a DBF staple and for good reason. Not to be missed.
The London Boys
The Bowie purists like to exercise their purist tendencies from time to time and how better to stand quietly with knowing grins and foot tapping in time to Bowie’s nascent late ‘60s iterations.
David Jones, the Mod, the face of young hip London Town.
He’d been forging his talents in The King-Bees and The Manish Boys but it really started to come together with the release of ‘Can’t Help Thinking of Me’, under the tutelage of Tony Hatch, that well known and much pariodied ‘60s/’70s pop hit maker.
This pre-Bowie period was heavily influenced by his immersion throughout his early years in Music Hall tradition/Victoriana, mime and in particular the sonic vocal tones of his then hero Anthony Newley. His distinct vocal style and phrasing came from these influences and would remain throughout this career.
Our own London Boys, featuring DBF CEO John Brereton on guitar and the astonishing voice of Brian Brody amongst others, pay homage to this often overlooked but crucial period of the artist that was to emerge as David Bowie in 1969 (the same day as The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper!) and was further realised with his 1969 release of his Space Oddity LP.
Year on year, The London Boys have been spoken of as the highlight of many people’s Dublin Bowie Festival.
To once be a Modernist is to always be Modern.