David Bowie has thrown his weight behind a campaign to restore a dilapidated bandstand where he played a concert before finding fame.

The Starman hitmaker staged a free festival in England in 1969 on the same weekend as the legendary Woodstock event in the U.S., and he performed a set from a raised platform during the gig.

Bowie fan Natasha Ryzhova Lau was dismayed to discover that the small stage at the Croydon Road Recreation Ground in Beckenham, England is falling apart, and she has launched a fundraising drive to save it.

She is staging a concert on Saturday (14Sep13) to boost the campaign's coffers, and Bowie has donated several signed albums to be auctioned off during the event.

Ryzhova Lau says, "We're very grateful for David Bowie's generosity in supporting our event. We want to celebrate (his) time in Beckenham but our most important objective is to rescue the bandstand, which is part of Beckenham's heritage and urgently needs repairs."