Calling all Kooks, Rebels and Absolute Beginners, enjoy all things Bowie this Autumn in #NeverNormalBrighton

Photo of David Bowie, 1975. Copyright, Geoff MacCormack on show at Brighton Museum and Art Gallery Oct 17 2020

If you are a Bowie fan, then there is no place on earth better to be this Autumn than Brighton. Brighton has always been known as a musical haven, with independent record stores selling a good range of vinyl alongside a vibrant grass roots music scene. Although the music scene is sadly a little quieter at the moment, your favourite record shops are open and waiting for you to browse. The North Laine area is home to some unique musical gems you won’t find anywhere else. Resident for example is a beacon of independent music, with friendly knowledgeable staff, you can easily spend an afternoon there, with a good vinyl offering, alongside some rarities. Rarekind records also offers a good mix of funk, soul reggae, jazz and more. These are just a couple of examples, you are guaranteed to find something special for your music collection. One of the joys of the North Laine area is you discover shops that you won’t find anywhere else, need a new Mod jacket? No problem! Looking for an antique record player? Easily found, this is the perfect place to mooch.

The North Laine has some exceptional pubs such as The Dorset who serve a good range of fantastic traditional dishes whilst they are also famous for their fresh mussel dishes and seafood. Serving a wide range of local ales, this is just the spot to look over your day’s finds or watch city life roll by and has been at the heart of all things Brighton for over 200 years.

Naturally in #NeverNormalBrighton there is a room entirely dedicated to Ziggy and all his incarnations - the Bowie room at Hotel Pelirocco, the perfect way to immerse yourself in all things related to the Thin White Duke. Adorned with images of the iconic man himself, a light up bed, light up spa bath, dressing up backdrops and fashion props, kimonos... you can join Ziggy’s band like some cat from a Japan!

Once you’ve enjoyed a delicious breakfast at the hotel, it is time to head out to Brighton Museum. The Rock 'n' Roll with Me exhibition, is as the name suggests, solely dedicated to Bowie. With images taken by Bowie’s close friend Geoff MacCormack, photographs span between 1973-76. From Ziggy Stardust, Aladdin Sane and the ground-breaking Diamond Dogs’ tour across the USA, Japan and the UK via Russia (on the Trans-Siberian Express) to Bowie’s first major film The Man Who Fell to Earth, and the recording of Station to Station, this exhibition of intimate photographs, gives a glimpse of a close friendship, and life on the road with one of the greatest rock stars of all time.

Caroline

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