Jack White plays impromptu show in London

The White Stripes' mainman previews new LP

The White Stripes‘ frontman Jack White has played an impromptu show in London.

The star turned up at the Sonic Cathedral Club at The Social in the West End (May 27), where he played three songs before making a swift departure.

White started with ‘Effect And Cause’ from the band’s forthcoming new album ‘Icky Thump’. He then played ‘Sugar Never Tasted So Good’ from the band’s 1999 debut album, backed by former Soledad Brothers drummer Ben Swank on percussion.

White then played a request – the blues classic ‘The House Of The Rising Sun’, made famous by The Animals in the 60s.

The White Stripes play their first ‘proper’ date on their European tour at the Primavera Sound Festival in Barcelona tomorrow (May 31). Their first UK show takes place at the 02 Wireless Festival in London’s Hyde Park on June 14.

To check ticket availability and get all the latest listings, go to NME.COM/GIGS now.

‘Icky Thump’ is released on June 18, and will be preceded by the release of the title track as a single on June 11.

And don’t forget, NME will be giving away the track ’Rag And Bone’ on 7-inch red vinyl in our June 6 issue.