david bowie world fan convention

Liverpool Set to Host the David Bowie World Fan Convention 2022

– Rare appearances from Bowie’s trusted, long-standing musical collaborators Carlos Alomar and Gail Ann Dorsey plus Spider From Mars, Woody Woodmansey, Donny McCaslin and Robin Clark
– Exhibitions and talks on Bowie’s visual style bring photographers and designers, including The Duffy Archive, Brian Aris, Denis O’Regan, Philippe Auliac and Blackstar’s Jonathan Barnbrook
– Panels, live performances and a glitzy Bowie Ball celebrate the 50th Anniversary of The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars.
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Liverpool, UK will host the David Bowie World Fan Convention, taking place across multiple venues in the city between Fri 17 – Sun 19 June 2022. Some of the highest-profile collaborators and friends of the immeasurably influential, yet private musician are already confirmed to attend.

Flying in to meet fans and bring them closer to the truth behind the legend is guitarist and bandleader for over 20 years, Carlos Alomar and long-standing bassist/vocalist, Gail Ann Dorsey, amongst the first, confirmed guests set to open the studio door and let fans in. An unmissable experience for anyone keen to know more about what it was really like to co-create many of Bowie’s timeless, world-changing singles and albums. The last surviving member of Bowie’s iconic Spiders From Mars, drummer, Woody Woodmansey is also confirmed to attend and meet fans.

Organised by the David Bowie Glamour fanzine and Liverpool music festival producers, Sound City, the ambitious, inaugural global convention is purposely timed to take place on the 50th Anniversary of one of Bowie’s greatest albums, 1972’s The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders from Mars. At the event’s heart is a glamourous Bowie Ball, encouraging ticket holders to spare no modesty or make-up and bring their favourite era of Bowie to Liverpool’s Saturday night streets.

Vocalist Robin Clark noted for her contributions to 1975’s Young Americans, and late-career contributor, Donny McCaslin, who experienced Bowie’s intense, creative burst in his final year’s first hand while playing the saxophone on his final album, Blackstar, bring further, distinct personal and professional perspectives to the convention. More guests from Bowie’s five-decade recording and live career are to be announced between now and the convention weekend.

Carlos Alomar, married to Robin Clark since 1970, said of their first, ever visit to Liverpool: “It’s been quite an odyssey, from Ziggy to Blackstar. We have shared much with our fans and now we find ourselves able to say thanks and answer all the unanswered questions to get a glimpse of the lives we have led. We are honoured to represent and celebrate the life and times of our beloved David with you all. So, let’s rejoice together.” 

Gail Ann Dorsey adds: “I very much appreciate being invited to take part in this event to share some thoughts and memories of my incredible experience working with one of the greatest artists of our time, David Bowie.”  While Donny McCaslin says: “I look forward to being part of an event that appreciates and celebrates the depth and scope of David’s artistic vision”

Bowie’s image and imagery are as famous as his songs and some of those responsible for converting his visions into photographs and artwork are also represented. Perhaps the most famous Bowie photograph of all time, the ‘lighting bolt’ Aladdin Sane cover, was taken by renowned fashion and music photographer, Brian Duffy and the convention will welcome The Duffy Archive to the convention’s exclusive exhibition and marketplace, where limited edition prints, memorabilia and rare releases will be on sale.

Also present are the official photographer for David and Iman’s wedding, Brian Aris, who also captured the sharp-suited Bowie of the 80s and 90s. Official photographer on the Serious Moonlight and Glass SpiderTour, Denis O’Regan will be exhibiting shots that cover his extensive experience as part of the star’s travelling contingent and Philippe Auliac, who photographed Bowie for three decades from his first shots in 1976,  and provides the iconic, bare-chested shot for the event’s promotional materials, will also attend to share his memories and exhibit his notable images. Arsalan Mohammed also brings the revered Albumtoalbum: The David Bowie Albums Podcast to the event, providing essential live listening for Bowie fans of all stripes.

Chris Duffy of the Duffy Archive says: “The Duffy Archive are delighted to be a part of the first David Bowie Glamour Fanzine/Sound City David Bowie World Fan Convention and we look forward to meeting you all there.”

Denis O’Regan promises the unexpected from the event, saying: “I’m excited to be setting up shop amongst the Bowie faithful at the 2022 David Bowie World Fan Convention and giving so many fans and collectors the chance to see my wares. There will be surprises!” with Brian Aris also saying: “I was thrilled to be asked to exhibit some of my images at the Bowie fan convention in 2022. Look out for my Aris Prints stand showing some of the rare photographs of this great artist taken over the twenty years we worked together.”


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