Bowie To Curate New NYC Festival

David Bowie will curate the inaugural High Line Festival, to be held in May 2007 in neighborhoods underneath the High Line, a public park being created atop a long-abandoned elevated railway line on t

David Bowie will curate the inaugural High Line Festival, to be held in May 2007 in neighborhoods underneath the High Line, a public park being created atop a long-abandoned elevated railway line on the west side of Manhattan.

As part of the programming, Bowie will play a large outdoor concert, his first show in New York since 2003. He will also select musicians and artists to appear throughout the festival. "I've been particularly excited about seeking out emerging artists and giving them a place in a festival that will also feature some very well-known names," Bowie says.

As Bowie recently told New York magazine, he is planning to take 2006 off from touring and recording. "I'm fed up with the industry," he said. "And I've been fed up for quite some time. I'm taking a year off -- no touring, no albums. I go for a walk every morning and I watch a ton of movies. One day, I watched three Woody Allen movies in a row."