WHEN the world lost one of its most iconic musicians in the shape of David Bowie, the artistic world was rocked to its core.

Bowie died two days after his 69th birthday and the release of his last record Blackstar, on January 10, 2016.

With his music taking on many forms throughout his career, it is obvious why people became infatuated with what he created.

To this day Bowie impersonators are in huge demand, and one of the UK’s most acclaimed tribute acts will be coming to Basingstoke for a special show.

Pop-Up Bowie, starring the award-winning Paul Antony, comes to The Academy, in West Ham Lane on Saturday, 28 October.

In this two hour show, more than 30 of Bowie’s best-loved songs, spanning the five decades of his extraordinary career, will be performed.

“Bowie fans are loyal and incredibly passionate,” said Antony.

“A Pop-Up Bowie gig has always been a celebration of his music - for the audience, but also for the band. We’re all huge fans and it is a privilege to play his songs.

“His diversity and willingness to experiment with different genres and he was consistently a great songwriter.”

Antony first saw the charismatic performer on Top of the Pops in 1972 singing Starman and thelove has grown from there.

The frontman has been praised over the years for his accurate portrayal of his hero, his vocal and visual likeness to Bowie’s is remarkable.

He added: “I’ve always performed Bowie’s songs. The first one I learned to play on guitar was Jean Genie. Pop-Up Bowie evolved over the years.

“I always thought I would meet him one day, which makes his death all the more sad. Thankfully we have his songs and his recordings, so his music will always live on.”

The show will be free for members of The Academy with tickets costing £10 in advance or £12 on the door. To book, call 01256 327273