Cyclists and coffee fans should keep their eyes open for some serious celebrity spotting in Sheffield later this month.
Pop icon and Califonia Gurl Katy Perry is bringing her Prismatic World Tour to the city’s Motorpoint Arena and has vowed to get out and about to see the sights – and may even give away some free tickets.
The 29-year-old says she likes to get out and about and explore where she is playing.
“We always bring bikes on tour and cycle all around to find the best parks,” she says.
“In the UK, there are some beautiful old historic parks. I’m so into history and so into culture – I dive right into that stuff.
“Sometimes when we go bike riding the day before or the morning of a show, we take some tickets and stop along the way in coffee shops and places and give them away, secretly – but I wear a hat and sunglasses so you don’t really know that it’s me.
“I’ve routed the tour so I can really enjoy myself along the way and have experiences and make memories, so that when I do go to a city, maybe I’ve had an incredible experience there, and I then have more to say on stage.
“I think it’s so impersonal that when you get on that stage the only thing you can say is ‘hello Sheffield’. I mean, what about Sheffield? I should know exactly what Sheffield is like, what are the coolest pubs, where the best fish and chips are, I like to go out and find out that stuff.
“I’m an adventure junkie when I’m on tour. The tour is massive but it really is just a road trip in disguise.”
The Prismatic World Tour is Katy’s third world tour since she rose to prominence six years ago with smash hit song I Kissed a Girl – which reached number one in more than 15 countries.
However, despite the whirlwind time – which has also included an ill-fated marriage to British comedian Russell Brand and voicing Smurfette in the hit The Smurfs movies – Katy says she remembers it all.
The Part of Me and Roar singer says: “I remember every part of it by outfits, because actually right now I’m going through my storage unit that houses all of my clothes and costumes from 2007 to 2011.
“I’m having a lot of flashbacks and nostalgia.
“I’m kind of shifting through it figuring out, what do I give away, what do I keep and do any of the outfits hold a purpose or strong memories.
“It’s been quite a colourful few years with a lot of hard work, with a lot of excitement, a lot of purpose, perspective-opening and a lot of fun really.”
And Katy is looking forward to more fun on the 100+-date tour which kicks off in Northern Ireland on Wednesday and which includes her playing Sheffield for the second time, having brought her California Dreams tour to the city’s Motorpoint Arena in Attercliffe in October 2011.
She says: “If you are coming to see me on tour I will give you one hint – do not be late, because you do not want to miss the opening!
n Katy Perry is at Sheffield’s Motorpoint Arena on Friday, May 23. Tickets, priced from £43.45, are now available from www.sheffieldmotorpointarena.co.uk or by calling the box office on 0114 2565656.