The David Bowie connection: shows at 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

  • Edinburgh Festival Guide
  • 9 July 2013

This article is from 2013

The David Bowie connection: shows at 2013 Edinburgh Festival Fringe

credit: Brian Duffy

Musicians, artists, comedians and choreographers with a connection to David Bowie

Douglas Gordon painted Self Portrait of You + Me (David Bowie)

Philip Glass utilised Low and Heroes for symphonies in the 90s

John Otway covered ‘Space Oddity’ with accompaniment from the Netteswell Youth Band

Frank Cottrell Boyce chose ‘Golden Years’ for his Desert Island Discs

Édouard Lock’s La La La Human Steps dance crew performed live with him in 1988

Alexei Sayle humorously mocked his acting skills in The Young Ones

Johnnie Walker presented a tribute to him during Radio 2’s Sounds of the 70s series earlier this year

Absolute Elvis Show is about the King of Rock’n’Roll with whom he shared a birthday

Melvin Burgess wrote Sara’s Face which featured a rock star who undertook excessive surgery in order to look like his hero

Laurie Anderson’s ‘O Superman’ was covered on the Earthling tour

Cambridge Footlights
alumnus Graham Chapman shared his birthday

Barb Jungr covered ‘All the Young Dudes’ on tribute album Darkness and Disgrace

Brian Eno was the key collaborator on his epic 1970s Berlin Trilogy

Absolute Elvis

Crowned the world's greatest Elvis tribute act in 2010, Johnny Lee Memphis performs with his ten-piece band.

Alexei Sayle

  • 5 stars

Doyen of the alt.comedy scene, off on tour for the first time in years.

The Poet Speaks

  • 4 stars

Two of the pillars of contemporary music come together for an intimate evening of poetry, music and song in tribute to their friend, the great Beat Generation poet Allen Ginsberg. Punk poet and provocateur Patti Smith performs both her own and Ginsberg’s poetry, with accompaniment and solo pieces for piano from founding…

Édouard Lock: World Premiere (2013)

Scottish Ballet presents a World Premiere from La La La Human Steps Founder, Artistic Director and Choreographer Édouard Lock. Lock is renowned for his extreme, incandescent style of dance and his precise technique. His boldly challenging style has always attracted international attention. His creations are an arresting…

Bang on a Can All-Stars

A night of ultra-dynamic live performances and recordings of today’s most innovative music.

Movements: Brian Eno

Music since recording is a new art form, which bears only as much resemblance to traditional, performed music as cinema does to theatre. What are the special characteristics of this new art? How did it evolve? Where might it be going? Brian Eno shares his thoughts.

Mostly West: Franz West and Artist Collaborations

  • 4 stars

The late Franz West was the opposite of artists who consider their works as icons to be contemplated. He made things for the viewer to pick up and touch, and he liked to collaborate with people. This major exhibition displays the range of his collaborations and the exuberant, public character of his art.

Cambridge Footlights: Canada

Following countless sell-out runs, the Cambridge Footlights return to the Edinburgh Fringe as they celebrate the club's 130th anniversary. Many past Footlights have changed the face of British comedy, including Peter Cook, John Cleese, Hugh Laurie and Tim Key. Join 'the most renowned sketch troupe of them all…

Johnnie Walker's Guest Night

Universal Quidem. Revealing, thought provoking and at times hilarious, BBC Radio 2 legend Johnnie Walker discovers the real person behind the celebrity. Famous for his years on pirate Radio Caroline and Radio's 1 and 2, Johnnie is regarded as one of the finest radio interviewers today. Now Johnnie escapes the studio for…

Barb Jungr - Stockport to Memphis

'Touched with genius' (Times Square Chronicles). Superb new show from the critically acclaimed album of the same name. Featuring original northern soul, Dylan, Cohen, Neil Young and more. The magnificent, mesmerising, magical Barb Jungr. 'Every singer in New York could learn from her' (Wall St Journal). To witness Barb…

Melvin Burgess & Jeremy Dyson

While a strain of horror has rippled through their previous work, this event is rammed with terror. The League of Gentlemen’s non-performing member, Jeremy Dyson, is a hardened sceptic whose investigations into creepy goings-on for The Haunted Book altered his views. Or did it? Melvin Burgess adds to his award-winning…

Melvin Burgess & Nick Lake

Uncompromising and challenging, Melvin Burgess is one of today’s most recognised writers for young adults. His latest novel, The Hit, features a drug that gives the best high but kills within a week. Nick Lake, with his second novel Hostage Three, is proving that he too has a strong and unique voice. Join them both as…

Frank Cottrell Boyce

It takes a special storyteller to make everyone’s favourite car, Chitty Chitty Bang Bang, fly again but author Frank Cottrell Boyce has done just that in The Race Against Time. Hear how he has got Chitty off the ground once more with a time travelling adventure involving the hapless Tootings family and a very hungry T-rex!

John Otway

The punk-rock singer-songwriter has kept his cult following through extensive touring.