Here's what happened when Prince surprised London fans with a super-secret gig at the Electric Ballroom. Amazing.
Prince played the ultimate secret set in London last night, surprising fans and press with an intimate show at Camden’s Electric Ballroom.
Sending Twitter into complete meltdown just before midnight, music fans in the capital took on the 48-hour tube strike to try their chances at a glimpse of the pop legend.
Much like the time Beyoncé released her new album without warning, the gig announcement was left in the hands of Prince’s manager Kiran Sharma.
‘Moving to the Electric Ballroom now for an OPEN PRESS SOUNDCHECK 🙂 @3RDEYEGIRL,’ he wrote hours after Prince has held a press conference inside the living room of singer-songwriter Lianne La Havas.
As if Prince’s cameo on New Girl‘s Super Bowl episode wasn’t enough excitement for one week, the Purple Rain singer went on to announce a string of small gigs at unnamed venues.
Joined on stage by backing band 3RDEYEGIRL, Prince treated the crowd to material from his forthcoming album, Plectrum Electrum, including new single PretzelBodyLogic, and a cover of Wild Cherry‘s Funky Music.
Celebrities also flocked to the London venue for a 3am gig, including members of Mumford and Sons and Radio 1’s Huw Stephens. Yes, they had to queue in the rain too.
Leaving fans wanting more, Prince told the hundred-or-so crowd: ‘That was the soundcheck, come back tomorrow for more.
‘We will be here tomorrow, a bit earlier and a lot funkier.’
As for details on the next batch of venues, Prince reportedly said: ‘We’ll work our way up, if people like us, to bigger venues.’ The singer also hinted at plans to record some of the live shows during his stint in the city.