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Outback NSW will flourish with the music of the legendary David Bowie, when the small town of Carinda hosts the Let’s Dance Festival this October long weekend.

Bowie recorded the video to Let’s Dance in Carinda’s pub in the 1980’s and the song went on to be one of his biggest selling tracks. The festival is now in its second year, and the town invites all David Bowie fans to make the journey to Carinda to see the Australia Bowie fell in love with.

The town’s population of 40 will host hundreds of people over three days as they all celebrate Bowie’s life, music and legacy. This year the festival will feature performer Jeff Duff and his band, playing both at the Carinda Showground on Saturday, September 30 as well as a re-enactment of the famous video in the Carinda Hotel on the Sunday.

Mr Duff has been a fan of Bowie’s for years and at one stage even lived next door to him in Australia.

“I’ve been a fan (of Bowie) for most of my adult life,” Mr Duff said.

“I had the pleasure of meeting him and lived next door to him in Elizabeth Bay, Sydney.”

This will be Mr Duff’s first time visitng and performing in Carinda and he said he was looking forward to getting out there for the festival.

“He was a genius,” Mr Duff siad of Bowie.

“I didn’t know him that well but when I did meet him he was very lovely and he loved Australia.

“I’m looking forward to performing the concert (in Carinda) and doing the re-enactment of the Let’s Dance video.”

Mr Duff said 2016 was a sad year for the music industry, with the passing of not only Bowie, but Prince and George Michael and many more.

Mr Duff said while David Bowie’s passing was a tremendous loss, the Festival will be a celebration of his music and life.

“The Festival will be about celebrating David Bowie’s music… 

There will be entertainment for kids over the weekend with Red Shoe painting, workshops a David Bowie look-a-like competition and more.