David Bowie music wall launches at The Glades

Shopping centre is celebrating the Bromley legend’s birthday

The Glades Shopping Centre is marking what would have been legendary recording artist, David Bowie’s 72nd birthday, with an interactive music wall where shoppers can enjoy hits from the Thin White Duke.

The tribute to Bromley’s finest will launch on Tuesday 8 January – Bowie’s birthday – and will feature a colourful mural of the musical hero, with earphones for visitors to play 30-second clips from a selection of his much-loved songs.

The music wall will be located on the upper mall in between The Perfume Shop and M&S and the initial track list will include Space Oddity, The Man Who Sold the World, Oh! You Pretty Things, Life on Mars, Starman and Ziggy Stardust. Shoppers are also able to choose other songs they want to hear on The Glades’ Facebook page.

“We, like many local residents, are extremely proud to say that David Bowie was a Bromley man,” said Mark Haynes, Director of The Glades. “We wanted to pay a special, birthday tribute to him this year and sharing music is a universal way of bringing people together.

“His work is timeless, transcends generations and sounds as innovative today as it did many years ago,” continued Mark. “The installation looks absolutely fantastic and it’s a great opportunity for die-hard fans and people who aren’t familiar with his sound to sample some hits.

“We’re intrigued to find out which songs are customer favourites and we’d love for people to share their photos of themselves against the backdrop,” Mark added. “We look forward to celebrating the life of Bromley’s most influential musician with our shoppers.”

The full track listing is as follows:

Earpiece 1 – Space Oddity (1969)
Earpiece 1 – The Man Who Sold The World (1971)
Earpiece 1 – Changes (1971)
Earpiece 1 – Oh! You Pretty Things (1971)
Earpiece 1 – Life on Mars (1971)
Earpiece 2 – Starman (1972)
Earpiece 2 – Ziggy Stardust (1972)
Earpiece 2 – Suffragette City (1972)
Earpiece 2 – Heroes (1977)
Earpiece 2 – Sound and Vision (1977)
Earpiece 3 – Scary Monsters (1980)
Earpiece 3 – Under Pressure (1981)
Earpiece 3 – Let’s Dance (1983)
Earpiece 3 – China Girl (1983)
Earpiece 3 – Dancing in the Street (1985)
Earpiece 4 – This is Not America (1985)
Earpiece 4 – I’m Afraid of Americans (1997)
Earpiece 4 – Where Are We Now (2013)
Earpiece 4 – Lazarus (2016)