Just over a year since the pop icon passed away, fans can take comfort in the fact that the world’s first official exhibition is on the way to fill the Prince-shaped hole in their lives.
The exhibit, titled My Name Is Prince, will open – fittingly – at London‘s O2 Arena on October 27, 2017, and will feature hundreds of never-before-seen memorabilia from the star’s beloved Paisley Park, Minnesota, home and recording studio.
Everything from one-of-a-kind instruments, like the Gibson L65 he played during his 1980 American Bandstand TV debut, and stage costumes, including those from his 1984 Purple Rain tour, to handwritten lyrics will feature in the display.
“Our family is extrememly honoured to have this exhibit at the O2, and we know Prince would be as well,” the pop icon’s siblings said in a statement. “He loved to share his work and life with his fans… It’s only appropriate we share him and these amazing artefacts with the world now that he’s gone.”
Paisley Park Director of Archives, Angie Machese, added that the exhibition was a realisation of Prince’s lifelong dream to open the compound to the public.
“At Paisley Park, Prince constructed and inhabited a creative reality that whole wholly unique, allowing him to fluidly develop music and artistic works spontaneously and without limitation…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.”
My Name Is Prince will run for three weeks from October 27, in honour of the 21 record-breaking concerts he performed at the O2 in August and September of 2007.
Tickets go on sale on August 25 and start at $45 (£27.50, including the booking fee) for adults. The exhibition will open from 9:30am to 7:30pm daily, and entry is timed, meaning you’ll need to be there 15 minutes before the time marked on your ticket.
Travel to the O2 is easiest by train: it should take about 20 minutes on the Jubilee Line from Central London or Stafford. For more information on how to get there, visit the website.
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Kristen Amiet is a previous AWOL editor, bona fide travel addict, sometimes whisky drinker and full-time breakfast food enthusiast.