Watch Brixton Salute David Bowie With Wild Hometown Sing-Along Street Party

David Bowie in Brixton
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Mourners gather by a mural of David Bowie in Brixton for a street party celebrating his life on January 11, 2016 in London, England. British music and fashion icon David Bowie died earlier today at the age of 69 after a battle with cancer. 

David Bowie was born in the south London district of Brixton on Jan. 8, 1947. So when news broke of the legendary rock n’ roller’s death, his birthplace knew how to send him out in style.

Brixton played host to a sprawling street party Monday night (Jan. 11), featuring mass sing-alongs, a spectrum of Bowie costumes, and and an outpouring of solidarity with one of the all-time greats. 

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According to NME, the festivities began as flowers and offerings were left besides a Bowie mural on the side of Morleys department store early in the day. As the working day wound down, a crowd gathered outside the Ritzy cinema, which had “DAVID BOWIE, OUR BRIXTON BOY, RIP” on its marquee. The crowd sang along to Bowie standards, first on its own, then along to tracks played by an amplified sound system from a local pub.  

Check out the footage below. First, from The Guardian:

DIY's shots:


NME's shot of the Ritzy:

And a fan's footage of the crowd singing "Life on Mars":