Two weeks ago, I went down to London to see Kyary Pamyu Pamyu or きゃりーぱみゅぱみゅ for her 100% KPP Tour. So on Wednesday morning, I spent 4,5 hours on the bus. Because I decided to handmake some new things to wear… and I don’t have a sewing machine currently, I had to finish some trimmings on the bus
When I arrived in London, I first strolled around a little bit, visited shops, like the Disney store… haha. I didn’t buy anything, surprisingly!
The funny thing is that the first thing I did was run into a little café because I really needed to use a toilet [the buses here don’t make stops! So you’re literally sitting for 4,5 hours… and yeah, there’s a toilet on the bus but who likes those?!] and while waiting for the toilet to become free, this lady started to talk to me. She said “You look very…” and sort of gave me a look and then didn’t finish her sentence!! I didn’t know if she meant very good or very bad, so I just sort of smiled and said “…thanks?” Then she proceeded to tell me that this kind of fashion “isn’t found in Belgium” and when I told her I lived in Belgium for four years and have friends all over the place who dress this way, she just didn’t want to believe me! Haha. A nicer story was that a while later I was browsing in a shop and another woman (younger than the other one) was really happy to see my outfit and wanted to take a picture. She said she wasn’t from London but every time she visited she felt so inspired! Isn’t that lovely? That sort of thing always makes me really happy.
After my little delay I finally met up with the lolitas who were just about to do Purikura.
While we were waiting around for other girls to show up, we took turns to write on the lovely banner that they had made!!
Overview of the banner. There are so many cute details!
I really loved all the pompoms and the sparkly things! *_*
Frills & Frolics is the name of the group of lolitas, I think it’s a cute name!
Finally when everyone had arrived, we managed to fit 12 girls in the machine, I believe! It was madness. First of all we had to wait for a looong time for the machine to start up, and then it was just crazy hard to manage moving around in the machine. The machine is big, but it’s not really made to fit more than 4 people comfortably So we were like little sardines. Sadly enough that meant that not all the pictures turned out too well, but it was certainly an experience I’ll never forget!
After taking the pictures, it was time to decorate crazy Purikura madnesssss!
This is what we ended up with:
I took a few outfit snaps of the girls who were there:
I soooo loved her bag!
Ugh, isn’t it beaaautiful
Another super lovely outfit! I want her t-shirt! And the hair was sooooo amaaazing!
Everything about this was so cute! Even nails and bag!
Isn’t it awesome?! ♡
Unicorn tattoo FTW!
Forgive the picture quality, but, that wiiiiiig! And the yellow birdy in the hair was a lovely touch!
Again, I’m so sad my small camera isn’t really good for indoor photos. Her outfit had the most amazing details!
Can’t go wrong with a bunny on your head! And golden shoes! *_*
After all the fun times of dividing the pictures [anyone who has ever done purikura in a group knows what I’m talking about ] I left the group for some foooood. Rob was kind enough to host me for the night, so I also gave him the task of finding a vegan friendly restaurant in the neighbourhood of the venue. He did very well though because the food was delicious!!
I had a mix of beetroot. sweet potato and this rice that was amazing because they put pomegranate seeds in it! It was so delicious!! Sweet and spicy and just amazing.
His food was vegetarian, not vegan, but I believe it was deemed tasty And of course it had to be instagrammed. His photo is here.
The restaurant was The Gate and it was really close to both the Angel underground and the venue.
After the food, we walked to the O2 Academy Islington. The queue seemed quite long because it circled around the block, but luckily it didn’t take me too long. I said goodbye because Rob wasn’t going to the gig, then it was time to go inside.
I already sort of expected a small venue because I knew the venue that she was playing in Brussels, and that’s not a very big one But this was really quite cozy! There were a looooot of people though!
There were indeed a lot of photographers and people filming.
I found some lovely familiar faces again, and we ended up moving upstairs to the balcony because I’m quite short and wasn’t be able to see anything.
Rachel has a lovely report up! Check it out, there are photos of Kyary’s outfits and things, which I didn’t manage to take photos of.
My view from the balcony. I spent a lot of the concert on my tippy toes trying to see something, haha.
The show was really fun, with three outfit changes, a cool decorated stage, video background and of course Kyary and her dancers! They did such an amazing job, I kept wondering how they had all that energy! The videos were really fun too, some tried to be ‘informative’ but of course fans already knew most of it and at some point Kyary was joined by her bunny Pamyurin on the stage. That was quite weird, but also funny.
The crowd was singing and dancing along, which made me really happy! To be with likeminded people is always good, haha. At some point our banner traveled to the front of the crowd and I believe Kyary’s team has taken it so she must have it now! Yay!
What was also really nice was that in between songs, she would take the time to talk to the audience, using an interpreter, and tell us how much she loved London, how she visited the Big Ben and how impressed she was with all the cosplayers. I have to agree, even if not everybody was cosplaying necessarily, the work put into the outfits was beyond awesome. Everyone looked so amazing! I’m sad there aren’t more pictures of all the gorgeous outfits.
At the end, right before her very last songs, it was time for a photo of Kyary, her dancers, and the audience. You can’t see me in the resulting picture but it’s a cool one anyway. Kyary’s team have made their own live report and if you scroll all the way down, you can see it.
After the last bits of singing and dancing, it was time to go! But first, I waited in line for ages to grab some merch before taking the bus back. There were so many of us at the merch table! The merch was nice and reasonably priced, there were stickers, CDs, posters, a towel banner thing, a tote bag… All of it was cute!
skirt 1: Milky Planet special set, Angelic Pretty
skirt 2: colourful H&M children thing
skirt 3: heart tulle, self-made
socks: Angelic Pretty
cutsew: Angelic Pretty
cardigan: Angelic Pretty
The t-shirt that I bought, on the back it says all the dates and venues. I also bought a poster, it’s the cover of her CD, which is one of my favourite pictures of her.
This doesn’t have anything to do with Kyary, but I wanted to share anyway. Before going to bed, I browsed the coloured versions of Scott Pilgrim that Rob has. We’re both big Scott Pilgrim fans. These are new versions with extra pages. It’s really cool! I want it.
I really liked those early sketches… but I wasn’t too impressed by Ramona’s favourite band! But luckily, the writer Bryan Lee O’Malley has also said that as Ramona changed a little bit, her favourite band also changed. Faith restored! Haha.
Well, that’s it! Then I turned off the light and slept for a few hours before having to run off early in the morning to catch a bus going to the North! I made it just in time!
All in all I’m really happy that I managed to get a ticket at the very last minute. I thought I wouldn’t have been able to go, and even though getting to London isn’t easy or cheap, I’m grateful that we got the opportunity to see Kyary here in the UK! I saw her in Paris of course, but this was so different! The gig was really fun, there was clearly a lot of effort put into it. You could tell Kyary was also enjoying herself and the audience loved it too! It was a really great atmosphere and I’m glad to have been part of it. I hope she comes back!