hmv.com reviews… Katy Perry @ London’s O2 Arena
Katy Perry’s PRISMATIC world tour rolled into London earlier this week for a four-night stand at the O2 Arena and we were there to review things. To say it was spectacular is 2014's biggest understatement...
Katy Perry, one of the world’s biggest popstars, capable of selling a lot of tickets and putting on one hell of a show...
London’s O2 Arena, the massive tent in the corner of the UK capital.
Any good supports?
Icona Pop, Swedish duo of big hit ‘I Love It’ fame. They were loud, they were bold, they turned the bass up so loud it shook the seats, they were a lot of fun. 'On A Roll' and 'Girlfriend' sounded incredible, they got the crowd warmed up nicely.
Was it full? And how were the crowd?
It was as sold out as it gets. Perry is doing four nights in London as part of a huge UK tour and it’s pretty much all sold out. The crowd were in raucous mood, singing along to almost every word and cheering maniacally throughout. It made for a great atmosphere.
So what was the set like? What did she play?
It was incredible. Seven costume changes, six distinctive phases, each with its own spectacular dance routines and pyrotechnics.
She kicked off with ‘Roar’, clad in a neon day-glo and accompanied by dancers clad in strange military outfits, before firing out ‘Wide Awake’ and ‘This Moment’, a quick costume change later and we’re in Ancient Egypt for ‘Dark Horse’ (complete with its own moving horse!) and ‘Legendary Lovers’. After that it was an even split between tracks from PRISM and older material, including glorious renditions of ‘International Smile’, ‘Hot N’ Cold’ and ‘I Kissed A Girl’.
She slowed things down mid-way through for an acoustic trio of tracks, including ‘Unconditionally’ and ‘By The Grace Of God’, before leaping into a 90s inspired dance party phase that included popping renditions of ‘T.G.I.F’ and ‘This Is How We Do’. She finished up by belting out ‘Firework’, which had everyone on their feet.
Any good between song banter?
She didn’t say an awful lot for the first hour of the show, and then a lot in the second hour. The chatter was initially the usual ‘London, I love you’ and the like, but she got more intimate as the show went on and even told a surprisingly candid story about the dark inspiration behind ‘By The Grace Of God’.
Did she put on much of a show?
There was so much going on. Costume changes, a string of top class dancers, endless props, fireworks, sparklers, fire, confetti, you name it. Perry isn’t shy about being thrown into the air either, taking to the sky above the crowd numerous times during the set. It’s an incredible show. It's split into five sections, Prismatic, which is all day-glo and futuristic, Egyptian, which is well, Egyptian, Cat-Oure, where Perry and her dancers quite literally dress up as cats, Throw Back, which is all early 1990s rave inspired and Hyper Heon, which is very California, complete with a blow-up convertible. There was a lot going on...
What was the highlight of the set?
The whole show was a blur of colour, joy and sing-a-longs, but ‘Dark Horse’ was just about the highlight, absolutely brilliant.
Where can I catch her next?
She’s back at the O2 on Friday (May 30th) and Saturday (May 31st). Beg, borrow and steal to get a ticket.
Katy Perry’s new album PRISM is out now in hmv stores across the UK and can be previewed by clicking on the icon on the right-hand side of the page.