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Prince at the Hop Farm in 2011: How music promoter Vince Power got the Purple Rain singer to Kent


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Ten years ago this month music legend Prince performed his one and only UK festival date - and for the first time the man who secured his services has lifted the lid on how he managed to land one of the all-time great live performers to play in the county.

It is a tale of tears and tantrums, legal tangles and a last-minute issue with the colour of the furniture in the superstar's dressing room.

Prince dazzled fans at the Hop Farm Festival in 2011. Picture Matthew Walker
Prince dazzled fans at the Hop Farm Festival in 2011. Picture Matthew Walker

Veteran music promoter Vince Power, the man behind the now defunct Hop Farm Festival at Paddock Wood, remembers paying the Minneapolis maestro "bucketloads of cash" to secure his services - but admits the memorable show was "one of the less profitable of my life".

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