Review: Kyary Pamyu Pamyu London Roundhouse 12 October 2015

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Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, internationally famous J-pop sensation performed in London’s Roundhouse on Sunday 11th October, as part of her world tour partnered with the Moshi Moshi Nippon festival. Kyary Pamyu Pamyu first played in London at the 02 Islington Academy back in 2013 and again in Shepherds Bush in 2014. Reportedly over 2.500 people gathered at the Roundhouse, her biggest London show yet, revealing Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s growing popularity within the UK. Even more westerners are becoming aware of the Harajuku pop princess existence as she recently starred on the cover of London’s TimeOut Magazine.

Kyary fans inc Abi-pop, Kelsey Ellison and Scarlett Young

Fans began queuing for entry at 1pm, waiting over seven hours just to get a good spot for the concert. This seemed slightly unnecessary especially with the Moshi Moshi Nippon Festival taking place during daylight hours in the Roundhouse (review coming soon).

Due to her latest release ‘Crazy Party Night’ which has a Halloween theme (and the fact it’s October), the concert focuses on Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s more creepy cute side. Kyary dons a rainbow dress for most of the show but later changes into the iconic red and black striped number featured in the ‘Crazy Party Night’ music video. Then just for the encore Kyary changed into some fluffy pink bunny ears!

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This was my first time seeing Kyary Pamyu Pamyu, located in the front row of the seated area.  It was a good spot visually but at times it did feel cut off from the energy of those standing below. Kyary opened up with ‘Fashion Monster’ and closed with ‘Candy Candy’ playing popular tunes in between such as ‘Invader Invader’ and cult classic ‘PonPonPon’. I’d definitely go to see Kyary Pamyu Pamyu again but would consider getting a standing ticket.

A special mention has to go to Kyary’s backing dancers, who were amazing and kept the crowd entertained in-between songs and costume changes.