Kanye West looks set to play a secret gig in London during London Fashion Week, Loaded can reveal.
West releases new album SWISH on February 11, and Loaded has learnt that he’s thinking of playing his first UK show for the album during British fashion’s key week at some point between February 19-23.
Although West has yet to announce any major headline shows for SWISH, he is fond of playing low-key gigs in London. West headlined Glastonbury last June, but he also played a show at the 1,400-capacity Koko club in London last March.
Any show during London Fashion Week is likely to be announced at similarly short notice to Koko.
A source close to West told Loaded: “Kanye is a big fan of London Fashion Week, and he’ll almost certainly be coming over to it this year. With his album out the week before, it looks like he’d do a show for his hardcore fans while he’s over for fashion week, to give SWISH extra underground kudos. He enjoys playing clubs as much as he does the bigger stages when he can.”
SWISH will be released during New York Fashion Week, and premiered one of its songs, Fade, during New York Fashion Week last year.
West’s regular collaborator Travis Scott attended the Givency show at Paris Fashion Week at the weekend. Although it isn’t known if Scott has made the final cut of SWISH, he was involved in producing tracks for the record. Scott told Billboard: “Kanye is going in on this album. He’s not sleeping, he ain’t eating. Shit’s crazy.”
West attended London Fashion Week in 2015, where he attended a memorial service to Professor Louise Wilson, the director of the fashion degree course at leading fashion hub London Central Saint Martins. Professor Wilson helped nurture the careers of Stella McCartney and Alexander McQueen.
Loaded’s deputy editor John Earls has covered entertainment and sport across a range of national newspapers, plus several football and music magazines, since 1990. Follow him on Twitter at @EarlsJohn