Okay first of all I’m sorry it has been so long since my last post. In the meantime I have been to both see both Kyary Pamyu Pamyu and Matilda the Musical; so I’ll definitely be reviewing those here. It’s probably pretty clear that this post will be about Kyary Pamyu Pamyu (again).
The night of the concert was a typical Victorian winter’s night: bitterly cold, with the tiniest hint of possible rain. No amount of cold or rain, however, cold deter the dedicated Kyary fans from wearing outfits inspired by Kyary’s fashion style or cosplaying as her (keeping in mind that a lot of these outfits included skirts and shorts).
Below are a few of my photos (which aren’t that good, sorry) of some of the cosplayers with captions showing from which music video they cosplayed Kyary from.
Even Kyary herself commented, in between songs, on how cold it was especially since she came from Japan where it was summer.
Anyway once we were all finally inside all we could do was to excitedly wait for the show to start. It was meant to start at 8pm, so the closer it got to eight the more excited we all became. There was a point at which every time one of the pre-show songs (which sounded like old fashioned French songs) ended the audience would get hopeful that she would appear, sometimes this would include chanting or excited cheers.
When she did finally adore us with her presence (which was at least ten past eight) the crowd cheered like mad, I among them. One of her opening songs (I can’t remember them both) was of course 5ive Years Monster, which is the name of her world tour and is in celebration of her 5th anniversary as a singer (and therefore as Kyary Pamyu Pamyu). This song easily got the audience into the right mood with an easy English chorus of “We are monster” and easy audience movements. All the other songs followed a similar format of Kyary and her Kyary Kids (aka her back up dancers) doing cute dances, Kyary singing in her adorable voice, the “conductor” showing what moves the audience should do and of course everyone at least trying to sing the English lyrics to her songs.
Here is a list of the songs that I remember Kyary sings and an approximate order:
- 5ive Years Monster
- Cherry bon bon
- Pon Pon Pon (remix)
- Candy Candy
- Do Do Pi Do
- Kira Kira Killer
- Invader Invader
- Mottai Night Land
- Mondai Girl
- Ninja Re Bang Bang
- Saigo No Icecream
- Fashion Monster
- Crazy Party Night
- Sai & Co
- Kimini 100 Percent
One of the best things about the concert is that I knew most of the songs (i.e. the ones listed) and even the ones I didn’t know or had only heard maybe once (i.e. Cherry Bon Bon) I was still able sing along too.
Kyary really exudes a real sense of happiness through her singing and dancing and overall cuteness; it was clear that everyone was infected (I was personally crying I was so happy, partly because I’m such a big fan of hers). Fans like me got just what they were expecting from Kyary : she was just as cute in real life as in her music videos. Maybe I had my expectations too high or maybe I’m just hard to please, but I honestly thought that she would have more costume changes. Just like Lady Gaga one of Kyary’s big appeals is her weird/cute outfits, in fact she started out as a fashion blogger. I was telling a friend, who had been to see Taylor Swift, about the concert and she was saying that Taylor had quite a few costume changes whereas Kyary only had one (two if you included the encore).This might just be me being picky, but really there weren’t any major negatives. Of course I wished I could speak Japanese (so I could understand what she was saying to the audience) and wanted the show to go longer; but really if I can only pick at the little things it just shows just how good it was.
Luckily everyone else wanted her to stay longer, which meant we were able to have an encore. I don’t know what usually happens at concerts (since this was my first one), but in this case to encourage Kyary back on stage the audience not only started chanting her name, but we also stamped our feet. This may have surprised her too since when she came onstage again she said something in Japanese and stamped her feet.
After the encore songs the show finished and it was like being brought back to reality. I felt like I had been immersed in Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s own world, like that of her music videos. So it was sad to leave, yet I was leaving with a smile on my face that no one could wipe away.
Venue: Festival Hall, Melbourne
I want to talk about the venue separately since there were some things that impacted on the experience that had nothing to do with the show itself. For one the location and timing of the performance wasn’t at a particularly safe time or place. For example as I got closer to Festival Hall I could see a few abandoned liquor bottles and broken glass etc. Although Kyary does attract an adult audience she easily appeals to kids, teens and young adults too. So although parents could and did go with their children they didn’t have much of a choice. Inside the hall (which was surprisingly small) there is two major viewing areas: standing in front of the stage or sitting on the balcony. Both have their advantages and disadvantages depending on what you want, but if you’re a short, young person who gets tired easily (like me) then personally I recommend the balcony. I also feel that I had the best seat on the balcony, which was at the front right in the middle. I believe the reason I was able to get such a good seat is that I got a presale ticket ASAP. The other thing that kind of annoyed me is that you weren’t allowed to bring bottled water into the hall. This, I feel, is a ploy to force you to buy food and drinks from them…
One of the things that I was looking forward to, this being my first concert, was getting some sort of souvenir maybe a T-shirt or cd. I was pleased to see that they had a great range of T-shirt designs, her new cd and a few other nick knacks. The cd was her new ‘best of’ cd, which included all the songs sung at her concert. I already had three of Kyary Pamyu Pamyu’s albums, so I had most of the songs anyway. What was good is that they also had the limited edition version available, which usually isn’t sold outside Japan. I did however get one of the irresistibly cute T-shirts see below. I photographed it using the free Kyary Pamyu Pamyu folders I got, In which she wears her main outfit she wore during the concert.