Prince is set to announce a string of London dates at a press conference on February 3.
The US singer will arrive in the UK to announce a series of shows promoting ‘Plectrumelectrum’, the first album by 3rdeyegirl – his new band. The plan is for Prince to play iconic venues in and around London, with more details arriving at a press conference at Lianne La Havas‘ house on February 3.
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La Havas and Prince struck up a friendship during her tour of America in 2013. A press release states that they jammed together at Prince’s Paisley Park Studio in Minneapolis and have kept in touch ever since. When Prince informed her that he was planning a series of London shows, she jokingly offered her flat as the location for the press conference.
Issuing a statement to The Guardian about the press conference in her home, La Havas said: “It is pretty unbelievable that Prince is coming to my house but it is true! It will be a pleasure to welcome him into my humble home and play some music with some dear friends by candle light. I couldn’t be more excited.”
La Havas also tweeted about her preparation for the announcement:
Right now I’m shopping for cheap deals in @asda and Prince is coming to my house. Bye.
— Lianne La Havas (@liannelahavas) January 24, 2014
Late last year it was rumoured that Prince was planning to embark on a UK tour in 2014. The shows will mark the first time he has played multiple dates since since 2007, when he appeared for 21 nights at London’s O2 Arena.
Last November Prince shared a new track titled ‘Da Bourgeoisie’ on Twitter. He has been releasing a slew of material online in recent months via his 3rdEyeGirl website. In 2013, the singer and his new band embarked on a theatre tour of North America, with gigs in Vancouver, Seattle, Portland, San Francisco, Las Vegas, San Diego, Anaheim and Denver. Playing two shows a night at most venues.