In about a week Kyary Pamyu Pamyu will begin her global concert tour titled the “KPP NANDA COLLECTION.” About six months ago Kyary stopped by San Francisco for the annual J-Pop Summit and participated in a four-act concert alongside LoVendoЯ (led by ex-Morning Musume’s Reina Tanaka), local Japanese-American singer Kylee, and beatbox master Daichi. Kyary made it a point to announce that there would be another tour and that San Francisco would be included. Her previous tour came as close as Los Angeles but for a lot of us that’s a bit too far.
For those of you unfamiliar with her, Kyary started out as a fashion blogger and model. In mid 2011 she added musician to her repertoire and released the single “Ponponpon” which exploded across the internet and currently has over 60 million views on YouTube. Her musical style can be described as electronica-pop and her three studio albums have become more and more popular throughout the world. During 2013 she began to spread globally with features in the French magazine Elle and the Wall Street Journal among other things. Her most recent album, 2013’s “Nanda Collection,” debuted at number two on the Billboard Top World Albums chart and at number one in Japan. A quick way of describing her is “Japanese Lady Gaga” and Kyary has even mentioned Lady Gaga and Katy Perry as a couple of her inspirations for both music and fashion. Her music is produced by Yasutaka Nakata, driving force behind CAPSULE and producer of the group Perfume.
The KPP NANDA COLLECTION begins in America at Seattle’s Showbox on February 13. A quick jaunt south to San Francisco’s Regency Ballroom on the 15th is followed by Los Angeles’ LA Live (Club Nokia) on the 16th. After a two week break it then heads east to Chicago, north to Toronto, and finally New York City. If you’re even remotely near any of those locations I suggest you come and see her. Future concert dates are in Australia, Hong Kong, Europe, and finally returning to Asia. The final tour date is on June 28th in Bangkok, Thailand.
We can expect mainstay songs like Ponponpon, Fashion Monster, and Invader Invader. There is a possibility that Kyary’s new single, “Yume no Hajimarinrin,” will be part of the show. It officially drops on February 26th but was performed last month at her KPP Magical Wonder Castle shows. Kyary’s trademark dancers should also be on deck and they’re always fun to watch.
As of now tickets are available for all the US dates minus the Seattle show which is sold out. From experience I can say that The Regency Ballroom in San Francisco has a good sized capacity and will probably have tickets available even on the night of the show. If you want to be sure go and buy your tickets ahead of time either through AXS or in person at The Warfield to avoid a service charge. Tickets are reasonably priced in the mid-$20s and for the truly dedicated there are VIP tickets for the San Francisco ($100) and Los Angeles ($150) shows. The VIP package includes both entry with a balcony seat as well as a post-show meet and greet. At the meet and greet staff will help take your photo. Sadly, no autographs. All other tickets should be assumed to be standing room only.
The full list of dates is as follows:
February 13, USA - Seattle - The Showbox
February 15, USA - San Francisco - The Regency Ballroom
February 16, USA - Los Angeles - LA Live (Club Nokia)
March 5, USA - Chicago - House of Blues
March 7, CA - Toronto - Sound Academy
March 8, USA - New York - Best Buy Theater
March 23, AU - Sydney - The Metro Theater
April 5, CN - Hong Kong - ROTUNDA 3
April 25, FR - Paris - Bataclan
April 27, DE - Cologne - Gloria Theater
April 29, UK - London - Shepherd’s Bush Empire
May 17, JP - Tokyo - Zepp Tokyo
May 18, JP - Tokyo - Zepp Tokyo
May 30, TW - Taipei - Taipei International Convention Center
June 21, SG - Singapore - Japan Music Festival
June 28, TH - Bangkok - Bangkok Convention Center