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.
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.
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.