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The show started about 20:15. The first song she started with was “PON PON PON” – the song that made her a world wide hit via YouTube.
She would sing about two songs, and then have a chat with the audience and so on. Since KPP does not speak English she had a lady translate for her, which was fine since it wasn’t about understanding the language, it was about understanding the happiness of the music. Along with all the hits and songs from her album, she also sang her new song, Invader Invader, before the song had been released.
Between costume changes there were different videos being shown on a large screen. One was from a TV show she has back in Japan called TV John, and other videos were facts about KPP. Even a mascot of hers came out and danced and entertained the audience.
KPP fans are dedicated and a lot of people in the audience knew the lyrics to her songs and sang along. People were dancing and clapping along to the music. It was a great atmosphere!
The show ended about 21:45 with a encore of one more song or so. After that it was a rush for the tube and change for our last train back home.
If you are a fan of KPP I would recommend the chance to see her live. Do so and you won’t be disappointed.
Here is a video with clips that we filmed at the show:
We arrived at the O2 Academy in Islington about 18:20 and the queues were already very long. This show was billed to start at 20:00 and the doors where to open at 19:00. So we started to make our way to the back of the queue, while passing all of the fans that had dressed up as KPP, and others who came in cosplay and Harajuku style of clothing. It was a mixture of all ages, waiting to get in for the show. A lot of people passing by stopped and asked what everyone was queuing for. With all the cosplay and Harajuku clothing, the queue sure did look spectacular.
We found the end of the queue and took our place. It was a long and cold wait, it even started to snow! While we were waiting there were different TV crews from Japanese TV shows interviewing those that stood and waited in-line. Here is the video:
In the end the queue started to moved. I think we got inside around 19:50, and even though we had been waiting that long, it seemed worth it. It’s not every day you get to see a Japanese pop star on the other side of the world! We felt like we were the lucky ones. We found an ok place to stand in the venue, so we could just about see, since everyone in front of us were tall for some reason. Why is it always like that when you go to concerts? You always get the tall people in front of you!
I thought I would share how it was to see Kyary Pamyu Pamyu when she did a live concert in London in February earlier this year.
We were one of the lucky 800+ people to get tickets. It was pure luck that we got the tickets, really. I was searching her name on Google to find more about when her up and coming tour would be, because I knew that she was coming to Europe to have two show in Belgium and France, and we had decided we wanted to go and see at least one of them. But by luck, I found out via Google that she was to have a show in London, and I found that out only the day before tickets went on sale. So I got up early to buy the tickets the next day and I got a hold of two. It was only after the tickets went on sale that the KPP Facebook page had made a post about it, and by then it was too late for a lot of people, because even though there were no real adverts for it, they sold out quick. I dont think they were expecting that!
Getting to London
Travelling over from Sweden to London was not a problem, since we have family there. No need for a hotel, plus we got to have a mini holiday in the UK, which was nice.
The day of the show we travelled up to London by train. We decided to have a mini Japan day, so we went around few of the different Japanese shops that we know of that sell all things Japanese. We also had Japanese lunch in china town. After that we spent the rest of the afternoon just looking around some of London’s shops before heading to Islington o2 Academy…