Ireland’s Bowieligious set to gather in capital for blessed sacrament of all things Ziggy

What we meant was Dublin’s very first David Bowie festival takes place this weekend.

The two-day event which runs Saturday and Sunday in city centre venue the Grand Social will include live music from Bowie tribute acts, a Q&A with Bowie’s guitarist and musical director, Irishman Gerry Leonard, rare record collectors and memorabilia market, documentary screenings, and the Queen Bitch Quiz.

There will also be Bowieoke, DJ sets and on Saturday, Leonard will join Irish Bowie’s covers band Rebel Rebel for a greatest hits show. Leonard will also perform his debut Irish show under his Spooky Ghost moniker on Sunday.

Today is also a momentous day for Bowie heads being as it is the great man’s 69th birthday (in earth years) and the launch day of his new album (his 25th studio album!) “Backstar.”

Since his self-titled 1967 debut, he has been fairly prolific and up until ten years ago he released new work at least once every three years.

It was speculated that he had retired at some stage over the last decade until he returned without any fan fare or announcement with The Next Day in 2013.

His career has lasted almost 50 years but old age hasn’t withered him and he continues to be as mysterious and creative as ever.