NEW PURPLE CELEBRATION – THE MUSIC OF PRINCE
Please note: Doors 7.00pm // Show starts 7.30pm
The band formerly known as Purple Rain: A Celebration of Prince
“Fantastic! As close any as any mere mortal should ever reasonably expect to get to
reaching the godlike genius that was Prince. Highly recommended.” – Exciting-Stuff.co.uk
NEW PURPLE CELEBRATION, the band formerly known as PURPLE RAIN: A CELEBRATION OF PRINCE, are back with a brand new name but the same “brilliantly funky,” (Basingstoke Observer) musical extravaganza celebrating the music, life and legacy of Prince.
NEW PURPLE CELEBRATION deliver a non-stop, hit packed show, spanning more than two hours. Described by the Basingstoke Observer as “nothing short of a huge party,” expect to see, hear and feel the hits from one of the most loved artists of all time; 1999, Little Red Corvette, Purple Rain, Kiss, Diamonds And Pearls, U Got The Look, When Doves Cry, Cream, I Wanna Be Your Lover and many more…
A full nine-piece band, NEW PURPLE CELEBRATION have been together for 13 years. Fronted by founder member JIMI LOVE, and including a horn section, backing vocals and keys.
“An excellent night of great songs and terrific musicianship… If you’re looking for a
night out this is the show to see.” – Bournemouth Echo
NEW PURPLE CELEBRATION are…
Lead Vocals / Guitar
Born in Harlow, Essex, Jimi grew up in rural Suffolk and has now settled in London. When not performing Jimi can be seen on the road alongside comedian/musician Bill Bailey as part of his tour crew, or working on various West End shows. He is also Musical Supervisor on the new musical Myth – The Rise and Fall of Orpheus, directed by Arlene Phillips.
Bass / Vocals
Born in Burnley, Andy now lives in Colchester. Andy’s additional musical credits include playing alongside Fish in the Marillion frontman’s band.
Drums / Vocals
Amanda is London born and bred. She is also the drummer in comedian Lenny Henry’s band.
Tony was born in Leicester, grew up in Blackpool and now calls Liverpool home. He’s previously worked with Jean-Michael Jarre, Thomas Dolby, Brett Anderson, Nazareth, Kim Wilde and T’Pau. In addition to NEW PURPLE CELEBRATION he is currently working with former Marillion frontman, Fish.
Keys / Vocals
Born in Leyton, East London, Emma was raised in Bolton. She returned to London as a teenager and is now settled in Essex where she has set up and established The Get Made Academy, a dance, vocal and fitness academy for adults and children.
Keys / Guitar / Vocals
Born and bred in South East London Renato Paris’ show credits include Close To You: Bacharach Reimagined at the Criterion Theatre in the West End and Dutchman – Amiri Baraka at the Young Vic. As an artist having performed with various musicians worldwide, Renato also writes his own music, merging together the great sounds of soul, pop, rhythm and blues, and jazz.
Born in Reading and raised in South London, Sheila now calls Catheram home. She has previously worked
with Jazz Jamaica, Nu Civilisation Orchestra, the rapper Kano and, in addition to NEW PURPLE CELEBRATION,
is currently working with Little Simz.
Yasmin has played sax for a number of high profile musicians including Billy Ocean, Taio Crus, McFly and Stereophonics.
Having specialized in the saxophone, Nate graduated from Anglia Ruskin University with a Music degree in 2010. He moved to Hamburg, Germany shortly after where he worked as Musical Director for various musical theatre shows. He is the Director or the company OmniMusic Education and MD for the Latonius Earl Gospel Workshops across Europe. Nate has recently played alongside Ed Sheeran.
Ages 14+ (Under 16s must be accompanied by a responsible adult)
Standing (Auditorium) / Unreserved Rowed Seating (Balcony) – please contact us if you have any specific access requirements