Getting hold of tickets to the V&A’s wildly popular Bowie exhibition is practically impossible. But who wants to wander around a snooty museum with a load of bandwagon-jumpers anyway? For the true fans of the glam rock enigma, there’s a less mainstream alternative: Bowie Fest, brought to you by the brilliantly bizarre Weirdos Comedy team.
This loony one-day piss-take of the V&A celebrates all that’s silly about Ziggy, and the top ticket price is a very affordable £6.50. Bowie Fest takes over the Lion pub in King’s Cross from 4pm on Saturday June 29 and kicks off with a free exhibition of (non-official) art, merchandise, costumes and lyrics. Then, every hour, on the hour, from 4pm-8pm, you can witness ‘The David Bowie Experience’: an interactive(/intergalactic) comedy-musical-theatre show about the man, the myth, the, err, Bowie. Co-curator Adam Larter describes it as being ‘like the London Dungeons but with more glitter’ (and probably a healthy dose of copyright infringement).
But the main event starts at 9pm: ‘The Weirdos Comedy Tribute to David Bowie’. This surreal stand-up show features a stunning line-up of comics – including the brilliantly shambolic Nick Helm and absurdist prop-comic Ben Target – paying homage to the man of many fashion statements. Expect plenty of eye-patches, lightning bolts and peculiar tributes.
Finally, rounding things off in true Zavid style is a Bowie Disco from 11pm till late, with DJs playing the best of Bowie and, probably, drunkenly prancing around with glitter stuck to their sweaty faces. It’ll be indoors, though, so no swaying under the moonlight, the serious moonlight…