The first ever conference devoted to Prince will be coming to Salford and will feature a member of the singer’s original band.

Buildings across Manchester will turn purple which the icon’s signature colour and the University of Salford will host the event titled Purple Reign: An Interdisciplinary Conference on the Life and Legacy of Prince in May.

The event will consist of a talk from Dez Dickerson who sang backing vocals and played the guitar in The Revolution.

Taking place at the uni’s MediaCityUK campus and the Lowry arts centre at Salford Quays, the event will feature a talk from Dez Dickerson, who played guitar and sang backing vocals in The Revolution, including on hit songs 1999 and Little Red Corvette.

He will be sharing his stories of touring and recording with the star, as well as answering fans’ questions during a public event on May 24, at Peel Hall, which will be lit up in purple along with the MediaCityUK campus and Salford City Council’s Swinton Civic Centre.

Academics will be coming from some of the world’s most prestigious universities and research centres including Harvard, Stanford, NYU and the Smithsonian museum complex in the USA, as well as from Amsterdam, Australia, Canada and New Zealand, to discuss the lasting impact Prince had on popular culture.


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