The indie, idol and infamous tour is everything an idol and metal fan could ask for and more. The Manchester show down at the Night and Day Cafe flew by in a black and red haze leaving the northern audience hungry for more. The three part lineup consisted of Garuda followed by 14th Generation Toilet Hanako-san and finished off with DoubleAnd (2&), a line up which enthralled the audience and giving them the true flavour of what it means to be indie, idol and infamous. It was a wild night and it is sad to think that it flew by so quickly.
Garuda was the first to perform. A flutter of jet black feathers flowing from her outfit and wings were the first glimpse the audience received of this gothic idol. In one hand she held a microphone and the other held a nail filled baseball bat which looked like it could do some serious damage (even if it was just a prop). Garuda then met the audience head on wearing her bright white mask which contrasted beautifully with the rest of her outfit whilst belting out a hearty “Good evening Manchester!” From the moment she got up on stage Garuda got the audience hyped for her show and many fists began to punch the air like there was no tomorrow. Garuda’s vocals were a beautifully dark but rich tone which kept the audience almost in a hypnotic state at her stage presence.
To close off the night was Saki from DoubleAnd (2&). Saki really knew how to close an already amazing concert and brought about a real authentic flavour of what idols and idol culture in Japan is all about. Much of her set parallels with the kinds of performances which can be seen in districts like Akihabara in Tokyo and for a while I felt transported back to the land of the rising sun whilst watching her perform.
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