Purple Rain

& Jam of the Year with Norman Jay MBE

Dearly beloved, we are gathered here today… to celebrate the music and life of Prince, the greatest pop musician of his generation.

Join us for a tribute to the ultimate sexy MF: a purple people party with pre-film delights, a screening of 1984 classic Purple Rain, and an after party with a DJ set from the legendary Norman Jay MBE.

Arrive from 6pm for the ultimate hors d’oeuvre served up to get you in a Paisley mood: Alex Penfold & band, dance group Funk Supreme and more. Then at 7pm watch Prince aka The Kid on the big screen in the main Hall starring in Purple Rain, a glorious celebration of what might just be the greatest pop album of the 80s: the semi-autobiographical tale of a Minneapolis maverick musician caught between romantic and musical rivalries, a dysfunctional family and his own troubled identity. A genuine rock-cinema masterpiece, it introduced the world to When Doves Cry, Let’s Go Crazy, I Would Die 4 U and, of course, Purple Rain.

After the credits roll join us for The Jam of the Year for a bit of soul and funk food with the one and only DJ Norman Jay MBE. Norman knows a thing or two about rocking a Prince Party.

So come on beautiful ones – dust off your raspberry beret, pull on those lace gloves, get out the paisley threads and ready those ruffs. Don’t be shy – dressing head to toe in purple, in threads inspired by the style icon is positively encouraged. Tonight, the music is glorious, the revolution is sexy, the Purple Rain descends, and we can’t wait to party like it’s… well… 1999.

Presented by Come The Revolution, Colston Hall and Watershed in partnership with Ujima Radio as part of #BFIBLACKSTAR. Part of the Norman Jay MBE Black Star Tour, produced by Live Cinema UK

Film certificate: 15

Part of BFI BLACK STAR Season

BFI Black Star is the UK’s biggest ever season of film and television dedicated to celebrating the range, versatility and power of black actors. The season takes place October – December 2016 at cinemas nationwide, on BFI Player, on DVD and at BFI Southbank.


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