The first and hopefully last seated gig I will ever go to.
The girls came back! This time with less talk of fish and chips but more lasers and a bigger more impressive stage to play with.
World Tour 3rd in London was held at the Eventim Apollo, probably better known by locals as the Hammersmith Apollo, it was an allocated seating gig, which at first I was very apprehensive of, but decided to take the plunge anyway on the basis of ‘how often do they come to the UK’ – and well.. the show played out more or less exactly as I imagined it would in my head.
The preshow was the usual, a huge queue outside the door even though we all have allocated seating, an even bigger queue for the merch shop – with people literally running up the stairs to the secondary shop when it was announced on the intercom (Myself included), and some fairly extortionately priced beer. After buying my tour shirt I went to find my seat, Row W on the ground floor, walking out into the hall I was shocked at how much closer everything was to how I envisioned it, the overhead map of the seating really pins everything After row J or so to be trash so I was expecting to be pretty far back, but honestly my view was great. I met a few friendly people around me, and got ignored by some less friendly people and we spent the 45mins or so chatting while the hall filled out.
The lights dimmed at 8:30, to a 3d projected map and 30 second countdown on the translucent stage curtain, the final 10 seconds or so produced a sonar effect letting us see through the curtain to the group, and then Enter the Sphere started playing and the rest is history.
Perfume were amazing, from start to finish they gave us it all, a fantastic setlist (nee, glitter, party maker, hold my hand, cling cling, seventh heaven…) , fancy lighting, lasers a plenty, a new remix of spending all my time for the interlude (which was SERIOUSLY heavy club/dance style and fucking amazing), a brief singalong to ‘Let it go’ from Frozen (?!), Handyman as the goddamn encore song (best song.) and some hilarious storytelling from A-chan.
The only thing that really set it back was the audience and venue, world tour 2nd was ridiculously packed at the front of the stage but if the crowd were jumping – so were you, it was involuntary. On the flipside, at the Hammersmith Apollo, if you jump – odds are you’re jumping alone. The problem with allocated seating is it doesn’t allow the fans to separate from one another, what I mean by that is naturally in a crowd you will have the party makers, the ones that jump and scream, then you have the other fans who stand further back, and are happy to just watch the show play out without contributing much themselves – these groups in any other gig will separate out into the front and back of the crowd respectively. It showed! There were clear pockets of fans raving to the music, and other areas which were practically dead. The man next to me looked to be in his 40’s, of course he wasn’t going to bop to ‘Spending all my time’ but after the show was over he turned over to me and said “that was fantastic!”.
It’s also worth pointing out and shaming ‘Maeda-san’ (前田?) who took on the role of translating for the girls this time round, he was absolutely useless, I think I could have done a better job, A-chan eventually started breaking into charades trying to tell her story because he was so bad.
For him: まえだーさん、次回手お上げないでください。
So that was my experience with this show, it had it’s ups and downs, i’m glad I went, but next time I think it’s standing gig or nothing. I’ve never seen an artist so clearly at a gig before, yet I think I would rather hardly see them at all and be shoved around in a moshpit ala saturday’s gig.
ps. I took my 3DS, this is what the pedometer looked like after. https://twitter.com/mengplex/status/532685378642518016