London’s Covent Garden is known for street entertainment, but passers-by may not have been expecting this particular performance.
Music legend Paul McCartney surprised fans with an unexpected lunchtime concert…from a stage on the side of a truck.
Around 2,000 fans gathered for the short set in which the star showcased songs from his latest album.
McCartney announced the free concert in a tweet about an hour before it began, a move his daughter Stella had apparently suggested.
Graeme Turnville was among the fans in the crowd who headed down to Covent Garden.
“We were in the area, just eating down the road, and we heard about it on Twitter half an hour ago and we came down,” he said.
Elsa was also among the crowd:
“It was fantastic, thank you,” she enthused. “It was free, so we are all happy. I haven’t seen so many happy faces around.”
After the gig, McCartney headed to a local record store to sign copies of his latest album.
The concert came just a week after the 71-year-old former Beatle performed another impromptu free gig, this time in New York’s Times Square.
These ‘pop-up’ concerts are a reminder of The Beatles’ final live performance, just a mile down the road from Covent Garden, on the rooftop of the Apple recording studios on Savile Row.
That show was shut down by police after traffic was brought to a standstill by the sheer number of fans who wanted to hear the group live for one last time.