10 January marks two years since cosmic maestro David Bowie departed Planet Earth, to return to whichever funky space rock he hailed from.
OK, OK, we all know he was from Brixton really. Celebrate the life of one of London's finest musicians at one of these special events.
Being Bowie, 4-5 January
An ensemble of musicians from London and beyond gather to pay tribute to the Starman, across two nights of live music, at Jazz Cafe. Journey into a legacy that spans pop legend to alien oddity, and everything in between. Being Bowie, Jazz Cafe, Camden, £13.50 standing, £20 seats. Book ahead, 7pm-10.30pm, Friday 4 and Saturday 5 January
Absolute Bowie - Reality Tour Show, 5 January
Already know Space Oddity, Starman and Life on Mars? Inside out? Dig into Bowie's less-celebrated — but nonetheless brilliant — back catalogue, with this show from one of the country's most revered tribute acts. Absolute Bowie - Reality Tour Show, The Half Moon, Putney, £14+ booking fee adv, £16 on the door. 8pm, Saturday 5 January
Prefer to hear all the classics? Absolute Bowie also perform 50 Years of Bowie at the O2 Academy on 11 January.
Is David Bowie a God?, 10 January
If you're reading this, you may well have decided the answer to this already — but don't let that stop you from attending this pub discussion-plus-Q&A. Folk musician George Hoyle steers the night, which covers the many guises — and possibly godliness — of Bowie. Is David Bowie a God? The Old King's Head, London Bridge, £5/£2.50, book ahead by emailing email@example.com (or just turn up), 8pm-10pm, Thursday 10 January
Diamond Dogs Live, 11 January
Head to Dave's hometown, Brixton, and see his album, Diamond Dogs, performed in its entirety by Ritzy house band, Viper's Fang. That's accompanied by a night of Bowie tunes and Bowie-inspired tunes courtesy of Massive Arms DJs — and likely a cosmic shed-load of glitter and face paint. Bowie's Birthday Boogie & Diamond Dogs played live, Upstairs at the Ritzy, Brixton, £7 adv, £9 on the door, 9pm-2am, Friday 11 January
Labyrinth Masquerade Ball, 11 January
"In 9 hours and 23 minutes... you'll be mine."
Turn up in fancy dress, and grab a goodie bag on the way in to Prince Charles Cinema's Labyrinth Masquerade. Bowie's at his wicked best in Jim Henson's fantasy-com — and no doubt the audience will be grooving along to Magic Dance et al. There's also a pre-show featuring the cinema's very own 'Jareth'. Labyrinth Masquerade Ball, Prince Charles Cinema, Leicester Square, £13.50 non-members, £11 members, 9pm-10.51pm, Friday 11 January