1973: The year Bowie came to Blackburn


What do David Bowie, Queen, Fivepenny Piece, Slade, Mott The Hoople, Status Quo, The Sweet, Steeleye Span, Kevin Coyne, Fanny, Edgar Broughton Band, Gong, The Spinners and Nazareth all have in common? They all performed at King George’s Hall in 1973 and on 8th July we’ll be celebrating this significant year in Blackburn’s musical heritage with a whole host of 1973 themed performances, talks and exhibitions.


Over the last few months, the Heritage Lottery funded project 1973: The Year Blowie Came to Blackburn has curated an exhibition of objects from the King George’s Hall archive, explored the hidden stories, experiences and the impact of these concerts on those who were lucky enough attend. This jam packed showcase celebration event includes the Film Premiere of ‘1973 KGH: Our Memories’ by 1973 music fans who were there, newly composed music and banner artworks created by young people from McNally Music Tuition and The Bureau Centre for the Arts and live 70s covers performed with a twist, promenade dance and theatre with Gill Burns Community Dance and Action Factory Community Arts, 1970s face painting and music workshops and more.


A highlight of the event will be the return to Blackburn of renowned drummer Woody Woodmansey, the sole remaining Spider From Mars who played in Bowie’s band on the King George’s Hall stage in 1973. Catch Woody in conversation with music journalist and academic, Toby Manning at 2.15pm at King George’s Hall and later take part in a panel discussion ‘Music Then and Now’ – considering the legacy of the 1970s music scene and how we can build on this heritage to forge today’s live music scene in Blackburn.

The evening rounds off with an unmissable Roxy/Bowie 1970s Disco – a ‘club for people who hate clubs’ to enjoy and celebrate the many artists who played the Hall that year.

We’ll be there to hear what everyone thinks and enjoy the fun so why not join us.

See the full programme below. Tickets at the staggeringly low 1973 price of £1.20 available here.

All proceeds from tickets sales will go to the to ‘All The Young Dudes’ a legacy fund, to support local young musicians and artists showcase in Blackburn town centre, managed by The Bureau and McNally Music Tuition.






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