Ziggy Stardust 50th Anniversary Live Event

BBFC RatingZiggy Stardust 50th Anniversary Live Event

Showing: 03 July 2023

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Mon 3 Jul 2023

GenreDocumentary, Music
Director(s)D.A. Pennebaker
Running Time2HR 37MINS
SeasonMain Programme

July 3, 1973 - David Bowie retired Ziggy Stardust, his most celebrated alter-ego, in front of 5000 disbelieving fans onstage at London’s Hammersmith Odeon. 50 years to that day, Ziggy will return to that same stage for one night only... 

The Global Premiere of this new 4K restoration (overseen by DA Pennebaker’s son, Frazer) includes never-before-seen footage and the full uncut performance featuring final scenes with the legendary guitar player Jeff Beck – including his high-octane performance on Bowie’s anthemic 1972 hit, The Jean Genie. The movie screening will be preceded by Bowie’s fans and friends live in conversation from the Apollo.

Bowie’s decision to retire Ziggy, the character that had made him a star, and split his band, The Spiders From Mars, secured his future, allowing him to become the restless, inquisitive and shape-shifting artist that we know him to be. That one moment also changed popular culture, unleashing a set of artistic and ideological freedoms that are still being enjoyed by musicians and the wider creative community today.

The band’s performance on July 3, 1973, was captured on film by award-winning director DA Pennebaker (famed for Dylan’s classic ’67 doc, Don’t Look Back) and released under the title of Ziggy Stardust And The Spiders From Mars: The Motion Picture.

This will be as close as you will get to being there on that fateful night 50 years ago. You can almost smell the sequins and stardust. Altogether now - There's a starmaaaaan...