Prince plays ‘Let’s Go Crazy’ at Manchester Academy gig – watch

Singer played a two-and-a-half-hour set on Friday night (February 21)

Footage of Prince playing ‘Let’s Go Crazy’ in Manchester this weekend has been revealed online.

As previously reported on NME.COM, Prince played a two-and-a-half-hour set at Manchester’s Academy on Friday night (February 21) – wowing fans with a setlist comprising of new material as well as a wealth of classic hits from his back catalogue. Scroll up to watch ‘Let’s Go Crazy’ now,

The gig came as part of Prince’s whistle-stop visit to the UK, which previously had only involved gigs in London. However, there was a smattering of dissent in the ranks following Prince’s visit up north with fans taking to Twitter afterwards to complain when a second surprise performance was cancelled within hours of being announced.

Unlike the London dates of his Hit And Run tour, tickets for the gig were sold online in advance, and predictably disappeared within seconds. The remainder were made available on the door when it opened at 7.30pm – with diehard fans queuing from 10pm the day before to get in.

When the show began, the Academy announced a second gig, with Prince’s manager, Kiran Sharma, also tweeting “HELLO Manchester!!! Guess what…??? You can now start a que for the SECOND SHOW 2NITE!!! :),’, which generated a further queue outside the venue. However, the performance did not happen, and the 150 fans that turned up were let in to see an encore – that began with ‘Let’s Go Crazy’ (which Prince dedicated to the “new people coming in”) and culminated with ‘Bambi’ – for £35 instead of £70.

Details of future Prince live dates and how long he plans to stay in the UK have yet to be confirmed.