Des Was a Bowie Fan is a London clubnight founded in 2013 at the Tutu’s nightclub on the Strand. It has since played residencies at East End venues Jamboree, The George Tavern and Paper Dress Vintage, as well as on the West End’s famous Denmark Street at The Alleycat club. Current residencies include Edinburgh’s Henry’s Cellar Bar.
The club celebrates the impulsive and lyrical Pop sound from the 60s, including Tamla Motown and Northern Soul, moving through new wave, post-punk and indiepop.
“The Shangri-Las to The Smiths, Brigitte Bardot to Belle and Sebastian, Roy Orbison to The Raincoats, Dusty Springfield to Depeche Mode, The Beach Boys to Ballboy, Jackie Wilson to Joy Division, Buddy Holly to David Bowie. Come get drunk.”
The club runs alongside a zine based on the Welsh valleys beat called Fishing Rod Reel Handle. It features music, mixes and musings on loving, dreaming and fishing on the riverbanks of the Rhondda Valley. There is also an online radio station. Guest DJs have included Eddie Argos of Art Brut, Darren Hayman of Hefner, Rocker Rosehip of The Flatmates and Miguel Gil of Madrid’s Pacific Street.
The club is featured in the song ‘Vacaville’ from cult Seattle Pop band Tullycraft’s 2019 LP The Railway Prince Hotel.
“One of London’s best indie / soul clubs” – NME
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