Gig Review

Katy Perry
London, Hammersmith Apollo
19th March 2011

Katy Perry     
Photo Of Katy Perry © Copyright TriggerWhen Katy Perry announced her March/April 2011 tour back towards the end of 2010 the tickets sold out within hours which then prompted her to announce a further tour for October and November at much bigger venues such as the massive O2 Arena in London with tickets pretty much sold out now and for the shows that are still on sale they will be sold out within minutes of people getting back from her current California Dreams tour which is bound to go down in the history books as one of the best female solo artist tours ever.

Photo Of Katy Perry © Copyright TriggerWhen we got to the Hammersmith Apollo, the first thing I noticed was that the venue smelled all nice like candy floss and sweet shops which mirrors the effect of the current Katy Perry album ‘Teenage Dreams’ which smells very similar, we headed straight into the main arena and watched the last few minutes of the DJ and whilst doing that I took some time to analyse the crowd and there was such a nice positive mix of people from teenage girls to couples in their 20’s and 30’s to middle age mums and dads and everyone was waiting so patently for Katy Perry to come on.

Photo Of Katy Perry © Copyright TriggerMoments later the curtain dropped to reveal a very beautiful looking Alice In Wonderland meets Charlie And The Chocolate Factory style bright candy land with three massive screens hanging in the air, this followed with a short video which featured crazy butchers, cats, dodgy cakes and a quest for a baker boy, as soon as the video finished Katy Perry appeared at the back of the stage high up in the air stood on a platform in a frilly colourful dress with a heart shaped front and straight away she blasted into ‘Teenage Dreams’ and made her way to the front of the stage, the song featured complex dance routines with a flurry of backing dancers and the whole brightness of the stage and clothing let off a massive happy vibe.

Photo Of Katy Perry © Copyright TriggerThe set featured 21 songs with a couple of acoustic covers thrown into the mix such as Willow Smith’s ‘I Whip My Hair’, Lady Gaga’s ‘Born This Way’, Rhianna’s ‘Only Girl In The World’ and not to forget the massive sing-a-long full electronic version of Whitney Houston’s ‘I Wanna Dance With Somebody’ which went down extremely well.

Of her own hits Katy Perry played a big mixture from both albums but the highlights for myself were ‘Waking Up In Vegas’ because the song is so beautiful, ‘Peacock’ because the performance went down well with Katy and the rest of the on stage crew having feathers attached to them to look like peacocks, and also the ballad ‘Not Like The Movies’ which featured Katy sitting on a swing which lifted her up in the air and back down whilst cartoon movie characters get projected next to her like Mickey Mouse etc.

During the set Katy Perry was in her element changing her outfit nearly 20 times and I have to say the way she did it was fantastic as some of the outfit changes happened on stage and was like a scene out of a Paul Daniels magic show with Katy running through a screen and within the second it took her to do so she had a different dress on, her outfits were all colourful and wacky looking with the big cupcake dress getting the best reaction.

Photo Of Katy Perry © Copyright TriggerKaty Perry made a lot of effort to talk to her fans during the show and revealed her love for The Only Way Is Essex and My Big Fat Gipsy Wedding, she also brought some fans out of the crowd and on to the stage towards the end of the set and one fan even featured a banner saying “I would turn lesbian for Katy Perry” which just shows how dedicated her fans are.

The show came to an end with the fantastic ‘California Girls’ which featured a massive sing-a-long from everyone in the venue and the on stage antics were fantastic with dancing ginger bread men and confetti galore and helped finished the show in the best possible way.

Photo Of Katy Perry © Copyright TriggerOverall tonight’s show proved that Katy Perry is at the top of her game and right up there with the other heavy weight female solo artists such as Lady Gaga, Madonna, Kylie etc, the stage show was epic, the song choices were great and Katy Perry’s overall performance was fantastic and at the same time Katy helped her fans to live in their perfect world for a good 1hour and 40minutes.


Review By Trigger

 Katy Perry

Katy Perry

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 Review Score Code
- Top Cheese
- Brilliant
- Pretty damn good
- Ok I guess
- What Was That?