Paul McCartney to play pop-up show in central London today (October 18)

The singer will do a similar performance to his surprise show in New York's Times Square

Paul McCartney may play a secret, pop-up show in London’s Covent Garden at lunchtime today (October 18).

The singer will follow up last week’s surprise performance at New York’s Times Square, which saw him busk four tracks from his forthcoming album ‘New’ on a bare-bones stage constructed on a flatbed truck, with a similar London gig.

Tweeting about the gig, Macca wrote: “I’m getting ready to pop up in Covent Garden at 1pm today. Oh baby!”

He will follow the surprise gig with a session at HMV’s newly re-opened flagship store, where he will sign copies of his latest album ‘New’ from 3pm on Friday (October 18) on a first come, first served basis at 363 Oxford Street – the site of the shop in which The Beatles recorded the demo which led to them signing to Parlophone Records in 1961.

Speaking to NME ahead of the signing, McCartney declared himself a big fan of high street record shops: “I love record stores and wish they could stay open forever,” he said. “There’s a romance to them and it’s a pity whenever any record store closes, though I realise it’s inevitable in the download age.”