It’s been an elongated stay on Australian soil for US pop singer Katy Perry, but after five and a half weeks and 23 shows, the local leg of her ‘Prismatic’ tour wraps up at the Brisbane Entertainment Centre tonight.
Fans across the country have lapped up tickets for the pop extravaganza; Melbourne topping the list with eight shows at the city’s Rod Laver Arena, Sydney with six concerts and Brisbane on five. Katy’s visit has also led to her album ‘Prism’ maintaining its position in the ARIA top 20.
It’s currently sitting at four times platinum in Australia.
But there’s been more excitement for Katy’s Aussie fans than just the shows.
Audiences in both Sydney and Melbourne were treated to special world-first Katy Perry pop-up shops, which took over venues in each of the cities, selling a selection of Katy Perry-branded merchandise, much of which was exclusive to the stores for the duration of their operations. They were open for two weeks in total.
Katy also dropped in as a presenter at last month’s 2014 ARIA Awards and has been confirmed as the halftime entertainment at next year’s SuperBowl.
But she’ll also be taking home more than a few memories from her time on Australian shores; last week’s shows at Sydney’s Allphones Arena were filmed for the eventual DVD release of the concert, presumably sometime in the middle of next year.
The ‘Prismatic’ tour was packed with all Katy’s biggest hits; from the opening of ‘Roar’ to the second encore of ‘Firework’, all performed amongst elaborate sets and spectacular costumes.
Thanks for your presence and your pop, Ms Katy. Australia can’t wait to see you back here again soon.
(Thanks to Dave Ilka for the shots).