Prince announces UK arena tour

Hampshire Chronicle: Prince and his bandmates are embarking on a tour of UK arenas Prince and his bandmates are embarking on a tour of UK arenas

Prince is to embark on a tour of UK arenas in May, following his intimate shows in February.

The Purple Rain star will hit the road with his 3RDEYEGIRL backing band for the Hit And Run Part II shows in Birmingham, Manchester, Glasgow and Leeds.

They will be the star's first regional arena dates since 1995.

He previously played a sold-out residency at London's O2 Arena in 2007.

Prince will perform at Birmingham's LG Arena on May 15, before heading to Manchester's Phones 4u Arena on May 16, The SSE Hydro in Glasgow on May 22, and Leeds' First Direct Arena on May 23.

This will be the first time the 55-year-old has ever performed in Leeds.

His Manchester show follows two nights at the Academy in February.

Prince previously kicked off a number of spontaneous live shows in Lianne La Havas' living room, before surprising fans by taking to the stage at the Electric Ballroom in Camden, London's Shepherd's Bush O2 Empire and at Manchester's Academy.

Tickets for the concerts go on sale on May 2 at midday from www.gigsandtours.com and www.ticketmaster.co.uk.

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