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Kanye West fan queues for 15 hours with no sleep to pounce on pop-up shop merchandise

Kerri-Ann Roper

Published 19/08/2016 | 11:13

Fans queue in the rain. Photo: PA
Fans queue in the rain. Photo: PA
Fans queue in the rain ahead of the opening of a pop-up shop dedicated to Kanye West's album The Life of Pablo in Shoreditch, east London.

A Kanye West fan has queued for more than 15 hours with no sleep in the hope of bagging merchandise from the rapper's first pop-up shop in the UK.

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West announced on Wednesday that 21 shops would open in various locations around the world to sell products tied to his latest album, The Life of Pablo.

The locations of the shops were announced 24 hours before they opened in each city, with the British venue on Old Street in London.

Nineteen-year-old Carlos Rico, from Essex, who is a part-time retail assistant and clothes designer, managed to secure the first place in the London queue.

Fans queue in the rain ahead of the opening of a pop-up shop dedicated to Kanye West's album The Life of Pablo in Shoreditch, east London.
Fans queue in the rain ahead of the opening of a pop-up shop dedicated to Kanye West's album The Life of Pablo in Shoreditch, east London.

He told the Press Association: "I'm a big Kanye West fan and a big fan of fashion so Kanye West and fashion in London, you've just got to go. I wanted to be at the front of the queue to make sure I get my stuff."

Rico said he was a fan of the controversial singer because "I just love his music and everything he stands for. Kanye is like Marmite, you love him or you hate him".

The shops will open for three days,and other venues around the world include South Africa, Australia, Canada and Singapore.

West will start his North American Saint Pablo tour in Indianapolis on August 25 to promote his seventh studio album, The Life of Pablo.

In February this year West premiered the much-anticipated album as he debuted his Yeezy Season 3 fashion range, which is his collaboration with sports brand Adidas.

West did not indicate if he would be making an appearance at any of the pop-up shops.

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