Prince tribute concert set for Minneapolis in October


An official tribute concert honouring Prince is to be staged in the singer's home town of Minneapolis.

The late music star's family said the gig will be held on October 13 at the US Bank Stadium, the home of American football team the Minnesota Vikings.

The line-up of performers is still to be announced soon and tickets will go on sale next month.

Prince (John Shearer/IAP)

Prince died of a drug overdose on April 21.

A joint statement from his brothers and sisters said that they "have been moved by the tremendous love and support of Prince's friends and fans around the world".

"We are excited for the opportunity to bring everyone together for the official family celebration of Prince's life, music and legacy, and there is no better place to do it than his home town of Minneapolis," they said. "We are honoured by the artists who will pay tribute and grateful to those that have worked so hard to make this celebration possible."

Musician Prince died in April (Yui Mok/PA)
Musician Prince died in April (Yui Mok/PA)

Since Prince's death, countless performers have paid tribute to the entertainer. Beyonce and the Dixie Chicks have covered his songs during their live shows, and Madonna sang Nothing Compares 2 U and Purple Rain -- with the help of Stevie Wonder -- at the Billboard Music Awards in May.

BET dedicated much of its awards show last month to Prince with performances from Sheila E, The Roots, Erykah Badu, Janelle Monae, Maxwell, Bilal, Tori Kelly, Wonder and Prince's ex-wife, Mayte Garcia.