Prince surprised his fans after taking to the stage of a small London venue for a secret gig ahead of an announcement of UK tour dates.
The first comprehensive history book of black music will be launched, exploring the influence of immigrant cultures on the capital.
Fatboy Slim will tonight become the first DJ ever to perform at the House of Commons.
Veteran rockers Black Sabbath are the latest headline act to be announced for the British Summer Time festival. The band fronted by Ozzy Osbourne and featuring Geezer Butler and Tony Iommi will play on the opening night of the Hyde Park event on July 4.
Black sabbath made a comeback last year with a number one album and sell-out tour. Osbourne said he's looking forward to the event, because when he first went to London he was impoverished and spent the advance he got for the first album on a new pair of shoes and some Brut aftershave.
"Returning almost 50 years on we are doing a bit better for ourselves, so I may even splash out on some new aftershave before taking to the stage at Hyde Park - the most beautiful park in London - that has opened its gates to so many legends in the past," said Osbourne.
"We are beyond honoured to be allowed to put on a show and hope that the royals will enjoy it."
Other acts to perform include Soundgarden, Faith No More, Neil Young and McBusted. Tickets go on sale on Friday.
Stephen Budd was one of the lucky ones who made it in last night thanks to a tip off on Twitter from Music Week.
Prince is expected to announce a number of UK tour dates today.
Details of his tour remain uncertain but Prince said he hoped toplay "iconic" venues along the lines of music club the Bag o' Nails,where Jimi Hendrix once performed, and Ronnie Scott's jazz club.
"We'll work our way up, if people like us, to bigger venues," Prince said.
The Camden New Journal is reporting that one woman has cancelled her holiday to Turkey, in order to queue for tickets to see Prince tonight.
Ruth Newcombe is standing in the pouring rain, when she could be on a beach, even though she has no guarantee that she'll be able to see the star.
She told the paper: "no one knows if he'll really turn up or not, but we're waiting here anyway. I have done this before and he hasn't even turned up.”
Fans are already queuing in the rain for the chance of snapping up a ticket to tonight's show.
Last night's gig was in front of a crowd of just 300, but the star is expected to hold another show tonight.
Prince teased fans with promise of a further performance at the Electric Ballroom by posting a link to a countdown clock online, with the seconds ticking by until 7pm tonight.
This video of last night's gig was posted on YouTube by Prince's new band.
US singer Prince delighted fans by performing at a surprise gig in Camden last night.
He took to the stage of the Electric Ballroom in Camden, north London, late last night backed by his new 3RDEYEGIRL band.
Rumours of the gig had begun circulating on Twitter, with some fans fortunate enough to get tickets.
The Kinks, were who formed in Muswell Hill, north London, are pondering a reunion to mark a half-century milestone for the band.
The group'sfrontman and chief songwriter Ray Davies said the reunion was as "close asit's ever been to happening".
The 69-year-old, his guitarist younger brother Dave and original drummer Mick Avory all told Uncut magazine they are keen to get back together for the 50th anniversary of their debut release this year.