We demand that Prince plays Night and Day- the venue which is under the cosh for noise restrictions is key to Manchester music and it would be great statement from prince to fellow musicians if he played the venue…
His next move it to come up north for a couple of shows to Manchester to avoid the floods and plagues that have stricken the south of England to play the UK music city this weekend with everyone wondering where he is going to play…we gathered a team of experts to look at where Prince may play…
1. The Albert Halls
The newly opened venue is almost too perfect a fit for Prince. It’s great looking venue with a 1200 capacity and frames any performer perfectly. He could also get all cod spiritual in the former church vibe of the place.
2. The Ritz
Round the corner from the Albert Halls in the Ritz which has long been a favourite Manchester venue and also has the added attraction of a sprung dance floor for Prince’s ageing fans to look like they are dancing to the those hits that peppered their youth.
If Prince wants to get really personal the 450 capacity Gorilla could well be the place to do it. Underneath the railway arches on Whitworth street this could be perfect for the hot and sweaty secret gig with the hours of jams etc from Prince.
Newly renovated Gullivers would be a stern test for Prince but the idea of him playing the 100 capacity venue and then drinking in the bar with the crusty locals is quite engaging – plus Mark Smith may well be in there as well as it’s one of his city centre haunts and the two singers are of the same vintage and could swop notes on, er,….
5. Manchester Academy
The Academy has 4 venues so if Prince can’t sell out Academy one he could always move to Academy 3 – after all it’s been a long time since he actually had a big hit record and the public can be so fickle nowadays!