Prince exhibition at the O2 confirmed - will run for 21 nights from October 27. Tickets on sale this Friday
PUBLISHED: 12:28 21 August 2017
Staged at the venue in which he held court for 21 nights back in 2007
How to get your tickets...
Opens: October 27 2017
Tickets: Adult £25 / Child £12 / Concession £18. All ticket are subject to a booking fee
To book, visit www.mynameisprince.co.uk
Tickets on sale from: 9am, Friday, August 25
VIP packages available - this includes a complete tour with an expert guide, a VIP backstage experience with additional artefacts from the Paisley Park archives, rarely seen concert experience, unique and exclusive photo opportunity and a collector’s VIP access all areas lanyard.
An exhibition dedicated to the late superstar Prince - featuring items from his Paisley Park studio in Minneapolis - is to be staged at the O2 in Greenwich later this year.
My Name Is Prince will be staged at the venue where Prince held court for a 21-night residency back in 2007. He holds the record for the longest run at the venue.
Now, from October 27 - and also for just 21 days - an exhibition featuring original costumes, handwritten lyrics, awards and instruments will go on display at the venue.
Prince died on April 21 2016 at the age of 57.
Among the items on display will be clothing from the 1984/1985 Purple Rain tour and the 1988/1989 Lovesexy tours; wardrobe from the 1990 film Graffiti Bridge; the Gibson L65 guitar that Prince used when he made his national television debut on American Bandstand in 1980 and during early tours, the orange Cloud guitar used during his 2007 SuperBowl performance, the Raspberry Beret cloud suit from 1985 and clothes worn during the O2 Arena shows.
It is the first time many of the items have left Paisley Park.
The studio have since been turned into a museum devoted to the star and has welcomed fans from around the world.
His sister Tyka Nelson said: “There are several countries that meant a lot to him. I know London was one of his favourites. For him to have a sold out show for 21 nights there and the record still stands today, I think it’s the perfect place to start the exhibition.
“I love every item included within the exhibition. That’s what we’re allowing people to do, see Prince up close. We’ve seen for years Prince on stage and on television and now we get to see him up close.
“This is the first time we’ve taken any items out of Paisley Park. When I heard about the idea I was so excited because since he’s passed people come to the house and things like that. But to actually be able to go where people live that maybe can’t afford to come over to Paisley Park in the States; I’m so excited to be able to meet the fans and share their Prince stories and give them hugs, and have a cry with them if need be.”
Paisley Park’s director of archives, Angie Marchese, said: “At Paisley Park, Prince constructed and inhabited a creative reality that was wholly unique, allowing him to fluidly develop music and artistic works spontaneously and without limitation. He envisioned Paisley Park as one day being opened to the public. Through this exhibition, we are expanding his dream to share with a wider audience, and allow visitors to The O2 in London to experience all his greatness through the artefacts direct from his Paisley Park archives.”
During his remarkable run of shows at the O2 Arena, Prince would often then head to the Indigo venue next to the main arena, playing another more intimate set in the smaller venue for several hours.
On the last night of the tour, September 21, 2007, he duetted there with Amy Winehouse.
Prince performed his only UK festival performance in Kent in 2011 when he headlined the Hop Farm Festival at Paddock Wood - his first live show in the UK since the O2 run.