Simply Bowie

Music (acoustic, pop)

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  • Frankenstein Pub - Bier Keller
  • 19:30
  • Aug 26
  • 50 minutes
  • Suitability: 8+
  • Country: United Kingdom - England
  • Group: Oliver Darley
  • Warnings and additional info: Venue Age Restriction: Strictly 18+ after 20:00
  • Accessibility:
    Sight not needed
    May not apply to all performances. You'll find more information about accessibile performances and how to book tickets in the accessibility tab below.
  • Babes in arms policy: Babies do not require a ticket
  • Policy applies to: Children under 6 months


Bowie as you’ve never heard him before… Former NME Male Vocalist of the Year and West End star Oliver Darley brings his own inimitable style to the music of this iconic artist. With only jazz pianist Chad Lelong for accompaniment, Oliver strips back Bowie’s most recognisable hits to present a unique interpretation of great British songwriting. Oliver has been signed to two major record labels, released five albums to date and sung with some of the world’s bestselling artists including Ray Charles, B.B. King, Tom Jones and Joan Armatrading. 'One of the UK's greatest white voices' (B.B. King).

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General venue access

  • Sight not needed
  • Accessible entry: Four steps into the venue and then a further 16 steep steps to the performance level. Toilet facilities are on the performance level only.
  • Wheelchair access type: Not fully wheelchair accessible

  • Stairs: 11- 20
    Number of stairs is provided as guidance and is not in addition to any wheelchair access type (lift/ramp etc) stated above.

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Rosie 23 days ago

I second the views of the reviewer who mentions jazz piano. Got in for free, worth every penny.

Greg 23 days ago

Mair life in this hud they hud Bowie oan stage as he is the now.

Life sucked oot o a legends music and turnt intae muzak fae a cheap hotel lobby.

Ian Grace 31 days ago

Beautiful reinterpretations of Bowie's music from a clearly gifted musical duo who were warm and friendly; the price I paid for the tickets in advance was great value. Was an engaging yet relaxing hour and I learnt of things that I hadn't previously known. The show is highly recommended. Bought the USB stick too, really loved the music! Great Show!

@Simply Bowie - (Research 1916 Otto Mueller Painting hanging at the Brücke-Museum: Liebespaar Zwischen Gartenmauern (Lovers Between Garden Walls) as the principal inspiration for "Heroes" rather than Visconti's Affair! Except from Chris O'Leary, Ashes to Ashes comes up when you Google "Lovers Between Garden Walls" although I have read it elsewhere too.

(First show that I had been to that I can recall where there was a mix and match of people who had paid for tickets and others who were enjoying as part of the free fringe which I have no problem with yet there was no organisation at all and it seemed a tad unfair with the free-for-all seating arrangements. These concerns will be raised with the venue as well. I saw one person who hadn't bought tickets in advance sitting on the front rows shooing a ticket holder out of his way because he was impeding his view sitting in front of him as he had paid to do, storm in a teacup but just felt it wasn't in the spirit of the free fringe. Whilst I am on my soap box I really feel anyone who enjoys a show for an hour - as opposed to leaving 10-15 minus in if the show isn't really for them - and then frantically searches for the exit minutes before the end of the show and the donation bucket coming out is a pretty sorry individual.)

Rebecca Shaw 34 days ago

The facts are good and interesting and the performers certainly know a lot and appreciate Bowie. Unfortunately, they choose to murder his songs with jazz piano.

Claude Danger 35 days ago

Pretty interpretations of Bowie songs interspersed with facts about his life. It's a pleasant enough way to spend an hour.
Unfortunately the venue is poor, with barstaff talking disrespectfully loudly throughout. Also the listing for this show does not mention anywhere that you can get into the show for free. This means some people in there have paid £10 and some haven't paid anything. Towards the end of the show the performers refer to it as being a free fringe show and then hold a bucket for donations at the end. Of course, this is a widely accepted fringe business model, but it should be made clear in the listing for the show.

Glenn Forbes 39 days ago

Beautiful interpretations of Bowie’s most memorable songs. A must for Bowie fans and anyone who appreciates fine musicianship.

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