As we sail deeper into December, the days at the office seem to be getting longer. Although perhaps that is simply down to daytime being much shorter during winter.
In the on-going war between stress and fun, stress seems to be somewhat dominating me. But I keep holding onto messages of positive encouragement while focusing on what’s positive and fun. And what’s the latest fun thing I’ve done?
I’ve attended a Hatsune Miku concert!
Who is Hatsune Miku? That’s a question with a loooooong answer. To put it as simply as I can without going into the full history, she is a digital popstar that is quite possibly the most famous popstar Japan has ever had.
I first discovered her music in a series of rhythm action games on the Playstation Vita. From there I learned about the concerts that were held in Japan… electric lightshows filled with holographic projections and a forest of glow sticks from the audience.
I always told myself “When I go to Japan, I have to experience what this is like.” Well as fortune would have it, the Miku Expo came to London for the first time ever!
I have to admit, I felt a little anxious about this beforehand. As comfortable as I am with my love for things like superhero movies and video games, I was still incredibly conscious of the fact that I would be a grown man… alone at a Hatsune Miku concert.
Fortunately, it did not turn out to be as socially awkward as I feared in my head. In fact if I’m being honest… it was the best concert I’ve ever been to!
The audience was a mix of people of all ages and races. Several couples were old enough to be my parents and there were surprisingly few children. Best of all however… was how friendly everyone was to each other. I ended up talking to the people around me and it was pretty great!
Some of them had flown in from other countries to be here (one from Japan… which really surprised me!) They seemed quite envious that I lived so close to the venue, relatively speaking.
Once the music kicked in, everything just kind of… happened. I found myself immersed in the same forest of glowsticks I’d seen on YouTube. I was suddenly in a shared experience with thousands of other fans, singing and swaying to music without inhibition or fear of ridicule.
It was a miraculous feeling. The live band sounded amazing – surprisingly so as I’ve never thought of London Olympia as the kind of venue that would be ideal for concerts. But the acoustics in there pretty much blew me away.
It was obvious which tunes were most popular, as they received the biggest cheer. What was exceptional, however, was the projection of Miku and her supporting cast.
This photo sadly doesn’t do it justice. The 2D screen they were projected on basically became invisible in the dim light. This created the illusion that the holograms were actually moving up and down the stage in real space (instead of being limited to the screen).
I’ve never seen anything quite like it outside of virtual reality. It’s wondrous to think where technology is going to take us in the future.
Anyway! The music was the real highlight of the night. Despite the impressive technology, I let myself simply get lost in the ebb and flow of the crowd. The music took us over.
It truly felt like nothing else I’ve experienced. If this concert returns to the UK, I’d definitely attend again.
Thanks for reading, folks!