This week, on June 7th, the artist formerly known as Prince would have celebrated his 60th birthday. But just because the purple pioneer is sadly no longer with us in person, doesn’t mean we can’t toast his fabulously funky legacy in style. So grab your raspberry beret, and head on down to one of these special events. Because getting down on the dancefloor is most certainly what he would have wanted.
Party (like it’s 1999)
The most apt way to pay tribute to the life of Prince Rogers Nelson is, of course, to dance your ass off to his heaving back catalogue. Shoreditch Platform hosts a Purple Music party on the occasion of what would have been Prince’s birthday, with sublime DJs Osunlade and Karizma at the controls.
Shoreditch Platform. Thu Jun 7. Free before 10pm, £5 after.
Relive an iconic London gig
Café de Paris and the PRN Foundation (a non-profit made up of Prince’s former employees) are marking the 20 years since they hosted Prince’s invite-only ‘Beautiful Strange’ gig, which was filmed and then released on VHS only, with a purple party on Thursday. The bill includes music from New Purple Celebration, the live act devoted to His Royal Badness, as well as talks and stories from Paisley Park staffers.
Café de Paris. Thu Jun 7. £50.
Nab tickets for an epic tribute
In the absence of Prince himself, perhaps the next best thing is a night of his music performed by New Power Generation, the band who toured, wrote and recorded with him. There’s plenty of time to gather your dearly beloveds and book tickets for their huge tribute at Indig02 on August 2. Prince nerds will also note that the ticket price is the same as it was for his epic 21-night run at The O2 Arena in 2007.
Indigo2. Aug 2. £31.21.