Live: Three Tuns, Beckenham

David Bowie performed for the sixth time at the Three Tuns in Beckenham on 8 June 1969.

The Sunday night sessions were initially billed as The Folk Club, but earlier in June had been rebranded as the Beckenham Arts Lab. The event was masterminded by Bowie and his landlady and lover Mary Finnigan, and the founder members also included Barrie and Christina Jackson.

The Three Tuns became the Rat and Parrot in the 1990s, but reverted to its old name shortly before its closure in 2003. It reopened later that year as an Italian restaurant. A plaque outside says: “David Bowie Rock Musician Lived in Beckenham & Launched His Career in The Three Tuns 1969 – 1973”.

David Bowie plaque outside the former Three Tuns pub

Last updated: 21 March 2023
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