London and Leeds

Deth P Sun at Leeds College of Art

A quick round-up of everything else I got up to on my mini-holiday. It was only supposed to be a quick trip to London, but when I heard Deth P. Sun had an exhibition on in Leeds I changed my plans and stopped off there overnight. I’ve been following Deth’s work for years now, and met up with him a couple of years ago, so it was really cool to finally see his work in real life. There’s a lot of extra detail you don’t get in photographs or scans – the gradient backgrounds and translucent ghosts added a lot of depth.

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I was lucky enough to get the whole gallery room to myself for a good look at everything. I almost bought the rock painting above, but the gallery guy had gone home and so I decided to wait for another opportunity some day. I didn’t really have time to do much else in Leeds, so I just wandered around the town and the markets.

Kyary Pamyu Pamyu - Shepherd's Bush Empire, London

Photo by by Letselliott, on Flickr

The main reason for the trip was to see Kyary Pamyu Pamyu! We missed out on tickets last year, but I was ready this time. Kyary has such a great package – her songs are amazing, but she also puts on a proper performance with giant props, crazy costumes, dancing mascots and videos. Unfortunately, I didn’t get to see much of what was going on, as she’s so tiny and so am I, but it was still a fun night. She played all the hits and even spoke a bit of English, as well as teaching the audience some dance moves. The show was being filmed professionally from multiple angles so hopefully that will be released sometime and I can see what I missed!

We were a bit hampered by the tube strike so I didn’t go wandering about too much. We tried out Shake Shack, which was really good, but I’d have to try a burger before I can compare it to Five Guys). I finally remembered to visit Stanfords, the map/travel shop in Covent Garden, which was as amazing as I expected – so many maps and travel guides and books! They also had some great gifts – this Solar System mug is on my wish list.

I also did some shopping, but I’ll leave that for another post.

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