Malahide Castle played host to Prince last night in his only stand-alone gig of his current European tour. It is also the only concert at the castle this summer. I haven't heard the total attendance but it was apparently in the region of 30,000 people. The castle had a real festival vibe to it with food stands and squashy cushions provided by a company called Elephant. The support act were called Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, who were late on stage, apparently due to a delayed sound check. They were surprisingly good, and also came on stage with Prince later on.
Prince surprised everyone with an apology for the cancelled at short notice concert in 2008 and then he played an energetic 2 and a half hour show. He covered a broad range of hits including a 12 minute version of Purple Rain (during which it rained on command) and some slightly more obscure songs along with covers of Play that funky music & Don't stop til you get enough. I was disappointed that he didn't do 2 of my favourite tracks but others were happy to let Prince choose what he wanted to do! He seemed to only take a 5 minute break during the 180 minute set when 2 of his backing singers sang a solid rendition of an Adele track. He did several encores ending one with the words "I got too many hits" after he'd played only half of When Doves Cry. Prince's much touted guitar-playing prowess is deserved and at times he played both it and a keyboard concurrently! When he danced, he looked a lot younger than his 53 years. Over all, it was worth the wait and every cent of the €90 ticket.