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Pop queen Katy Perry Roared onto the stage in Sheffield - and proceeded to wow a capacity audience for more than two hours as part of her Prismatic World Tour.

Dramatic dances, dazzling lights and great songs dominated her show at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena, which kicked off with a stunning performance of Roar.

Backed by spear-wielding dancers in Mondrian-inspired Roman-style costumes, she performed an intricate routine, including skipping with illuminated ropes with the stage lights dimmed to provide a stunning light show.

The show saw Katy using all of the vast stage – including a platform complete with moving walkways stretching halfway into the crowd at the Attercliffe venue – to be as close to her fans as possible.

And it was clear her fans - known as Katycats - are important to her as she thanked them for their support during one rambling monologue, posed for a ‘selfie’ with one and even invited another lucky gig-goer onto the stage during Birthday.

After opening with the show with a Prism theme, in honour of the tour and her latest album, she disappeared for a brief costume and set change to return astride a horse dressed as Cleopatra for an Egyptian theme which included Dark Horse and I Kissed a Girl.

The Kittywood part of the set, which included Hot N Cold and International Smile, saw dancing moggies on the big screen with the backing dancers dressed as extras from West End musical Cats. A cover of Madonna’s Vogue incorporated a feline fashion show featuring sardine tins and fish bones.

Katy slowed it down with an acoustic garden-themed set as she showed off her guitar skills, even if her voice didn’t seem at its best on some tunes, before she upped the tempo again with hits including Teenage Dream, California Gurls and Last Friday Night.

The set finished with a stunning version of Firework - complete with indoor fireworks - before Katy made one final dramatic trapdoor exit from the stage.

As a show it was amazing. The vocals may have been raw on a couple of occasions, but it certainly did not detract from what was two hours of pure pop fun. both musically and visually.

Support came from Swedish duo Icona Pop, whose set finale of number-one single I Love It was the perfect warm-up for the main event.

 

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