REVIEW: @katyperry #cardiffdreams – 19/10/11

So for the 6000 odd people within Cardiff’s Motorpoint Arena, it was one of the sweetest Katy Perrysmelling gigs that Cardiff has seen, the return of Katy Perry and the return of the California Dreams tour.

The second date of her in the Welsh capital saw her perform another faultless set. The production wasn’t your usual “girl in front of a microphone singing and dancing”. The concept was extremely well put together and you could say it was more like a musical than a concert. The tale of Katy, losing Kitty Purry, and looking for her baker’s boy was the storyline, and I suppose it had it’s ideas from the likes of the Wizzard of Oz or Alice in Wonderland. Still brilliant though.

Originally performed earlier this year and having seen that gig, I did wonder what else could be brought into set. Without giving too much away, the songs and the main part of each set (it’s broken into 5 (or maybe 6) sections, the order remains the same but same pieces were altered ever so slightly. Best part for me was the inclusion of a floating “cloud” which put her directly over the audience. The arena isn’t the biggest she’s performed at, and I know some people compare it to a school hall, but it’s small enough for an intimate venue with the size to get enough people from a small town inside – town population 6000.

Support from Oh Land gave the night a cracking start, with DJ

With an album that’s had 6 singles promoted, Teenage Dream the album lead was the track that after the initial backstory, exploded Katheryn Elizabeth Hudson onto stage. With an impressive back catalogue from just two successfull album she launched into Peacock, Last Friday night, and I kissed a girl to which she brought onto stage two guys from the audience who she’d gotten to take their shirts off. She wanted a “welsh boyfriend” – the first guy from Bristol, didn’t go down well.. in a banterish kind of way, so a second was sought. She teased her way around them during a Vegas style staging set before announcing for them to “get off the stage, my husband is here” – And no, Russell didn’t pop out on stage (that’s a first).

Other big moments during the night have to be acoustic version of Thinking of you-with floating cloud, Hot and Cold-with it’s many magical costume changes, Last Friday night, and Firework – with fireworks!

Oh, and if Katy is reading this. When you were on Xtra Factor on ITV2 at the weekend, you said “I don’t do other people’s songs” when asked what song would you perform as a contestant. Well, Mrs Brand, newsflash… I wanna dance with somebody was something of a big song for Whitney Houston in 1987, number one in fact…. epic fail Katheryn!

Found a great quote off Emily Mackay from NME gave it a positive review. She had said “And Perry, a pop survivor who dodged multiple career failures, a born trier, does. And if it doesn’t work, she tries it again. Harder. Aunty Katy will bat her eyelashes, she will jump up and down, she will pull a silly face. Then she will shower you with CONFETTI! And LASERS! And BEACHBALLS! And CLOWNS! And DANCING GINGERBREAD MEN! Until she sees you crack a giggle. And you won’t be able to help loving her.”

All told, one brilliant night…it went boom booom boooom.

Setlist
“Teenage Dream”
“Hummingbird Heartbeat”
“Waking Up in Vegas”
“Ur So Gay”
“Peacock”
“I Kissed a Girl”
“Circle the Drain”
“E.T.”
“Who Am I Living For?”
“Pearl”
“Not Like the Movies”
“The One That Got Away”
“Thinking of You”
“Hot n Cold”
“Last Friday Night (T.G.I.F.)”
“I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)”
“Firework”
Encore
“California Gurls”

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