In the best visual show I've had the pleasure of seeing, Katy Perry stole the hearts of thousands of fans, dragged-along partners, parents and grandparents at Saturday night's Prismatic World Tour show, at the Phones 4u Arena in Manchester.
Multiple costume changes for Katy and her loyal troupe of extremely talented dancers, band and backing vocalists saw two hours of her most recognisable hits blended with songs from her latest album 'Prism' in a treat not only for the ears, but the eyes as well.
Though she's been plagued with reports of sounding awful during her live show appearances on episodes of The X Factor and the like, nothing sounded out of place on tour and the track that played to layer over her own vocals wasn't noticeably loud or clearly made to cover up blemishes and mistakes.
Slight annoyance came when Katy spent a good portion of the show at the 'point' of her prism stage - we had pretty much front row seating in the block right next to the main stage, but spent a lot of time looking at her back or straining our necks to get a good look at her on the screen above us.
For the best seats in the house we expected her to play more to us than those near the back of the arena, but this was just a small issue, as there was plenty to keep an eye on when she wasn't around.
Magical butterflies, floating emojis and an array of cats - and one very sneaky rat - were just some of what was paraded around the arena before the show culminated with one lucky fan being taken on stage and sitting on the now famous 'Katy Perry birthday seat', where she sang her new single 'Birthday' before hopping on 'the big, big, big, big, big, big, balloons' and flying around the venue.
An encore of 'Firework' followed after the audience stamped their feet, whooped and cheered for more, and we all left feeling very satisfied.
With a little more stage positioning management, Katy would be on to one of the best tours I've ever seen, but even when you put that aside, she's clearly onto a winner.
Katy Perry's Prismatic World Tour finishes its UK leg on Saturday, May 31 in London at The O2.
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