Queen legend will perform at Islington’s Union Chapel

Rock legend Brian May is coming to Islington – and swapping the Olympic Stadium for one of the borough’s most enchanting venues.

The Queen guitarist, who performed to worldwide audiences at the London 2012 closing ceremony, this week announced a gig in the rather more humble surroundings of the Union Chapel in Compton Avenue.

He will be gracing the hallowed stage at the Grade II listed church – twice voted London’s best gig venue and host to the likes of Tom Jones in recent years – on Sunday, November 11.

The gig is part of a short UK tour that sees May perform “unplugged” alongside singer Kerry Ellis.

The 65-year-old said: “We have become more and more fascinated with the magic of great songs stripped down to their core and re-interpreted in an ‘acoustic’ way.

“We have found that the two of us just working live off each other can distill the very essence of a song – and that’s what we hope to bring you in these dates.”

Titled the Born Free Tour, the concert series is being staged to raise awareness of the work of global organisation the Born Free Foundation and its efforts to help protect Africa’s lions.