It is a rare thing to find an artist that is not only culturally aware about the world but can also entertain a packed venue with so much energy and vigour. Any fan of MIYAVI knows what I am talking about.
Accompanied by talented drummer, “Bobo”, Japan’s samurai guitarist did not disappoint anybody on their return to London at the Shepherds Bush Empire on the 15th of March for their “Slap the World Tour”. With no support band playing before Miyavi’s set, I assumed that it would take a while for the crowd to get sparked up and really get moving, however, I was very wrong. Right from the start, it was clear from MIYAVI’s unique energy that he did not need anybody but himself to hype up the crowd, for what was set to be an extraordinary night.
Accompanied by a great sense of humour and showmanship on the big stage, MIYAVI played well-known classics such as, “Selfish Love”, which was received with open arms, much to the delight of the fans. Throughout the night, you could definitely recognise a strong sense of community within the crowd, and also between Miyavi, which was further reinforced with the singing back of lyrics, dancing and the unison of head banging. More feel-good tunes such as “Horizon” and “What’s My Name” were played, which both showed off Miyavi’s insane talent on his guitar.
Furthermore, a lot of respect was given when Miyavi talked about Japan’s hard-hitting Tsunami in 2011; this really reflected his cultural diversity and his care for the world. His passion for not only music but for the people affected was infectious and genuine, which I’m sure everybody felt it. Afterwards, the crowd was rejuvenated with this positive energy, which made the room get even more fired up, especially towards the end of the show when “Ahead of the Light” was played, and together in unison, the audience and Miyavi sang the words, which made the whole room shake.
It was truly a night to remember, and I, along with many others, will gladly welcome the return of Miyavi.