David Bowie's Life Celebrated at London Street Party in His Childhood Neighborhood: 'Bring Instruments' – and 'Most Importantly, Love,' Say Organizers
From his birth place in London to his apartment in New York, fans pay their respects with flowers, candles and music
The world is honoring David Bowie with celebrations inspired by his legacy.
In the wake of the the rocker’s death at the age of 69 on Sunday, fans took to London’s Brixton neighborhood – where Bowie was born on Stansfield Road on Jan. 8, 1947 – for a street party filled with melody on Monday evening.
“Bowie’s time on this earth may be over, but he sure left us some great music,” reads the event page on Facebook. “Today is a day to gather together and celebrate.”
Organizers encouraged fans to “bring instruments, speakers, food and most importantly, love” to Ritzy Cinema in Windrush Square. Bowie’s fashion sense was also on display, with people channeling the musician’s iconic alter egos in elaborate makeup and costumes.
A message in his honor – “David Bowie, Our Brixton Boy, RIP” – appeared in large bold letters above the cinema’s marquee.
Also in Brixton, mourners have been leaving flowers and candles underneath a large mural painted by Australian street artist James Cochran in 2013.
Elsewhere, fans created makeshift memorials in places that speak to them of the late icon. Flowers were left at Heddon Street in central London, the site of the album cover for Bowie’s 1972 opus The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.
Despite freezing weather conditions, fans and film crews gathered near Bowie’s plaque, which reads “Ziggy Stardust 1972.” By 3 p.m. London time, people lined up more than 30 floral arrangements as Bowie’s music blared into the small courtyard off Regent Street. A group of emotional fans fought back tears as they spoke, and an Italian man kissed the cold concrete floor before walking away with his head down.
Outside the Three Tuns Pub in South Bromley, London, where Bowie launched his career, people have left flowers and notes under a plaque celebrating his stardom.
Even the London Underground has paid its respects: Transport for London staff used their noticeboards to break the news to commuters and pay their respects on Monday morning. One noticeboard read, “I don’t know where I am going from here but I promise it won’t be boring. David Bowie RIP. 1947-2016.”
In Berlin, people have been gathering outside the apartment where Bowie lived from 1976-78.
Meanwhile, in New York City, the first tributes have appeared outside Bowie’s home on Lafayette Street.
A landmark Bowie retrospective is currently exhibiting at the Groninger Museum in Holland. The exhibition is the only part of the museum open on Monday. Visitors can enter without a ticket to sign a condolence book in the entry hall.
Bowie’s death was announced on his official Facebook page.
“David Bowie died peacefully today surrounded by his family after a courageous 18-month battle with cancer,” the statement reads. “While many of you will share in this loss, we ask that you respect the family’s privacy during their time of grief.”