Bowie danced all the way to Carinda in his red shoes 34 years ago forever linking this outback community to rock and roll history.
Jeff Duff continues the dance to Carinda this October long weekend.
David Bowie’s hit song ‘Let’s Dance’ was released in 1983 and filmed in Carinda in far western New South Wales.
The smoke-filled public bar at the Carinda Hotel was the setting for this iconic film clip — with a blonde-haired Bowie mixing it with the locals.
This video also features the Warrumbungle National Park near Coonabarabran with the basis of the lyrics described by Bowie as “very simple, very direct” statements against racism and oppression.
In his memory, and to honour his passing, the town of Carinda will be hosting a tribute festival of non-stop celebrations this October long weekend.
Now in its second year, the town invites all David Bowie fans to make the journey to Carinda to see the Australia Bowie fell in love with.
The main event is an open air concert by Jeff Duff – Australia’s Star Man – performing some of Bowie’s greatest hits.
The following day Jeff Duff and his band will do a re-enactment of the ‘Let’s Dance’ film clip in the Carinda pub. This will be followed by a support band playing at Carinda’s new local pizza shop and Art Gallery.
Dotted around the main event also will be lots of pop up activities and side shows including support acts, kids entertainment, markets, drumming and visual art workshops, merchandise, a red shoe painting tent, tent cities, food and bar facilities, exhibitions, competitions and buskers.
So fans, make the journey out west, bring your Bowie memories and inspired-fashion, and join us for a weekend to celebrate his legacy.
September 30 – October 2, 2017
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