Celebrate David Bowie Night in North London ⚡️
Written by: Sophie Taylor
This time last year we were blissfully unaware of what horrors the next twelve months were about to bring. It was a mere few days before the David Bowie news hit and day to day life went from shocking to miserable to hopeless.
Like a little beam of hope, our annual correspondent for the year’s events came in the unexpected form of 90’s goddess, Pamela Anderson. Equally unexpected was her optimistic approach to the last twelve months of news. On a topical quiz show summarising 2016, she expressed her delight at the positives that arose out of the year from hell. It was quite refreshing.
We think the thin white duke would appreciate this alternative view, dismissing the overused negative rhetoric we’ve been assaulted with for the past year.
As it would have been his 70th birthday this Sunday, people all over the world are starting a Bowie Night (just like Robert Burns friends did back in 1801). Although our celebrations may not involve supper and grace, there will certainly be dancing and toasts.
So, positivity hats donned and glitter sprinkled, we’re heading to one of the following North London venues to celebrate the life and talent of David Bowie this Sunday For in his own words, Bowie would ‘never respond well to entrenched negative thinking’.
Chin up diamond dogs. Paint on a smile.
This Sunday, celebrate the works of David Bowie at Alexandra Palace ice rink, run by legendary London nights Feeling Gloomy and Burn Down The Disco. Skate the night away to Bowie’s greatest hits and back catalogue. Tickets are £10 at the moment. Last year’s event sold out in a lightning flash so don’t delay if you fancy it. Life on Mars David Bowie Night Out, Alexandra Palace, Sunday 8th Jan, 8:30pm – 11pm
Also on the 8th, the Worlds End pub in Finsbury Park are hosting a David Bowie Quiz. There’ll be live music and questions brought to you by quizmaster/comedian/muso Marc Burrows.
Venturing further East, you’ll also find The Gun in Hackney are also playing host to a Bowie themed night on Sunday. From 7pm – 1am, DJs Richard D. Clouston and Benn McGregor will be playing non stop Bowie against a backdrop of quality food, fine wines, cold beer and excellent cocktails. All served with a smile and a glittered wink.
We’re keeping our eyes peeled for any last minute pop up events.
See. It’s not all bad, spacemen. ⚡️
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Tonight, on this dull yet sweaty Monday, what you may well need is to show your confectionary based fillings to the ceiling and let it all out with a huge bellowing guffaw about nothing in particular. Let the likes of quick witted Josie Long, surreal twosome Max and Ivan and the downright uproarious Tom Parry help you escape the chocolate lacking reality of 2017.
Registered charity, All Dogs Matter are a dog rehoming centre based in Archway. They use a mixture of foster homes and kennel spaces to house their dogs, who are each looking to be fostered or adopted. Occasionally we look through their profiles of beautiful singletons looking for love and feature one at random. We interviewed one newly single lady in particular called Lottie. A fun spirited character with smooth hair and a huge grin, Lottie was a right laugh.
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