A tribute gig for David Bowie has turned into a giant singalong as fans sporting wigs and with lightning bolts painted across their faces descended on Sydney’s Hyde Park to celebrate their musical hero’s life.
Sydney Festival put on the Wednesday night tribute to the British singer who died on Sunday, aged 69, after an 18-month battle with cancer.
Andrew Khedoori, Music Director at 2SER radio, played Bowie’s greatest hits from the back of a ute in the Festival Village garden.
He kicked off the show with Starman, albeit a little too quietly for the crowd, which encouraged him to turn the sound up to 11.
The space quickly turned into an outdoor dance floor as Aladdin Sane lookalikes put on their red shoes and danced the blues.
Raven, 27, dressed up as Jareth the Goblin King, Bowie’s character in the hit film Labyrinth, and also wore a red wig and face paint like Aladdin Sane.
She said she grew up listening to his music.
“We used to go on road trips to Umina and we’d listen to the Best of Bowie album… it was played over and over again,” she told AAP.
Fellow fan Steph, 27, said Bowie stole her heart after she watched him in Labyrinth.
“He was the first crush I had on a member of the opposite sex,” she told AAP.
She also praised him for being ahead of his time as an artist.
“Everything that he did and projected was just at least 10-20 years ahead of what society in general was accepting.”