Here is the first ever concert review on the site and it is for ORION LIVE’S “Indie, Idol & Infamous” show at THE WATER RATS in King’s Cross, London on April 20th 2019
ORION LIVE was formed in 2017 by Dave Batey and Christopher Morris and they have brought acts such as TOUCH MY SECRET & NECRONOMIDOL to the UK in the past couple of years.
“Indie, Idol & Infamous” sees the return to the UK of DOUBLE AND (Saki, previously of GUSO DROP) as well as the UK debuts of GARUDA, who is Yuffie Sakimura of MELONBATAKE A GO GO’s solo project and 14TH GENERATION TOILET HANAKO-SAN.
The fun began before doors opened when HANAKO-SAN entered the bar area where the attendees were eagerly anticipating the upcoming event and proceeded to spike people’s drinks with condiments and explore the area, to the bemusement of the non- attendees.
HANAKO-SAN also played peek-a-boo with the attendees through the window of the door to the live room.
There was a rather lengthy delay in the doors opening for VIP attendees due to technical issues, which got the attendees quite restless.
After a delay of around 30 minutes, the doors for VIP attendees opened for the performers meet and greet, and the first person you could say hello to was RUKATAMA, a member of MELONBATAKE A GO GO who was there to assist GARUDA.
The first official person you could meet was GARUDA who recognised me from social media after we had an exchange about sheep, you were given a poster for the girls to sign and a tote bag with the tour logo and dates on it.
Next up was HANAKO-SAN, who was less mischievous than earlier on. She was very talkative and drew her trademark toilet roll and strawberry on the poster.
Finally it was DOUBLE AND, who recognised me from when she performed in the UK with NECRONOMIDOL last year and was happy to see me, as we have previously done an e-mail interview together.
Once VIP was over, doors for general entry opened and there was a further wait of about 15-20 mins, which made a few audience members more restless.
Then GARUDA entered the stage, wearing her trademark mask and carrying her nail studded baseball bat, she also had black wings on her back as she was styling herself as a “dark Tinkerbell”.
With an ear-piercing scream she exploded into her set, with some early audience abuse occurring as she slapped some audience members quite hard in the face.
It was an intense performance from Yuffie, who MC’d in English which was impressive.
After her set, HANAKO-SAN began to set up for her performance, with loud cheers from the audience, set-up included laying a plastic sheet on the floor for HANAKO-SAN to perform her infamous set-piece.
If you thought GARUDA was intense, HANAKO-SAN was another level, very intense and loud screaming and head-banging from the pint-sized youkai.
At the end of the performance, HANAKO-SAN came out into the audience, standing on a stool with a bucket of food and drinks, she proceeded to throw chicken into the audience (not raw for the record), strong smelling fish and spitting tomato juice at the audience, finally emptying the remains of the bottle over the head of a nearby audience member.
After a break to clean up, DOUBLE AND rounded off the night with a very energetic set, which featured a lot of new and unreleased songs, before ending with her popular track “Chippoke Hero”
Buppan time took a very long time, HANAKO-SAN being especially popular, which reportedly finished at 12:45am (as I left before it was over)
I got a cheki with HANAKO-SAN, she was very intrigued by my toilet roll badge, made by a fellow audience member, who i pointed out to the spirit.
Overall , the night was fantastic, definitely a 10/10 night.
You can catch the remainder of the tour in Manchester on April 22nd and Birmingham on April 23rd
You can keep up with the tour by following @OrionLive_UK