Hatsune Miku who ended her first European tour in London 2018 is picking up from where she left off. With Miku Expo 2020, she started the tour in London, O2 Academy Brixton on January 11 and that’s exactly where you would find me, right in the center of the pit, only a few meters away from the renowned virtual singer. A digital pop-star with twintails who is headlining a tour as a hologram, accompanied by four exceptional musicians on stage.
Arriving outside the venue a few hours before the show started, the line had already wrapped around the building like a snake, with the first people lining up about 12 hours before the show started. As you can imagine, there were also plenty of brave cosplayers proudly showing off their attire despite the cold and windy weather.
Inside the venue was a floor filled with fans gathered to see Hatsune Miku, everyone ready with their glowsticks and ready to shout their lungs out.
Starting on an explosive note, the first song performed was Teo. The same song that recently opened for the Japanese concerts “Magical Mirai”, an intense, fast, and energetic song to fire up the audience! In just a few seconds, the fans were already in unison, screaming ”Hey! Hey! Hey! Hey!” to the beat with their glowsticks in the air, showcasing the effectiveness of the song of choice.
Hatsune Miku performs Teo at 1:16 in the video.
Another similar element to the Japanese shows was the tribute section which dedicates to the recently deceased Vocaloid producer wowaka, where Miku would perform one of his popular songs, this time being Rolling Girl.
The concert took an insane turn when the metal song Hyper Reality Show started playing. With its djenty intro, my head was stalled for a moment only to realize what song was playing! The change of pace made the fans—myself included—go wild, and you could definitely see that by how the glowsticks started picking up speed. It was also the first time Miku performed this song live.
Despite Hatsune Miku being generally associated with pop music, Hyper Reality Show had an incredible reaction. The extraordinary song helped drain the energy of the fans and it offered such a refreshing experience too. It wasn’t simply the glowsticks that were moving vigorously now but also a sea of heads—even Hatsune Miku was headbanging. The impact of the performance got many fans talking about it, saying how Hyper Reality Show was one of the highlights of the concert. I even witnessed a fan ordering the album after the show.
Two hours of performance at a Miku concert never feels enough, the exhilarating excitement you end up with only makes you want more. With the number of tour dates for Miku Expo Europe expanding compared to last year, it reveals how the demand is steadily growing and I can’t wait to see it go even further! Did I forget to mention that Miku will be playing at Coachella too?
- Raspberry Monster
- World Is Mine
- Sweet Magic
- Dappou Rock
- Ramnade Blue no Shoukei
- Hyper Reality Show
- No Logic
- Sore ga Anata no Shiawase to Shite mo
- Jump For Joy
- Rolling Girl
- Ooedo Julia-Night
- Blue Star
- Music Like Magic
- Odds & Ends
- Tell Your World
- Sharing The World
- BRING IT ON
- Lucky Orb
Hatsune Miku EXPO 5th Anniversary E.P.
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Photos: Crypton Future Media, Tokyo MX, SEGA