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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 18 December 2018

Katy Perry celebrates the new year in Abu Dhabi with fun pop music spectacle

The American singer played all the hits for a packed crowd at Yas Island’s Du Arena

Katy Perry has rung in the New Year in Abu Dhabi in roaring fashion.

The US pop star bought her exuberant brand of pop to Yas Island’s Du Arena with a slick and fast moving set.

With an eye shaped LED screens projecting intergalactic visuals, Perry – clad in a red sequenced dress that resembled a space-aged Little Red Riding Hood - strolled on to the T shaped stage to the pensive opener Witness.

Despite all the colourful costumes, which ranged from Matrix-like leather to 60's style prom queen, Perry’s key calling card is that powerful set of pipes that’s tailor made for arena crowds.

"Are you ready to celebrate the new year?" she asked to the roar of the crowd. "Are you ready to celebrate new beginnings?"

The hits flowed with the emphatic pop of Dark Horse – which had Perry engaging in some slick choreography with half a dozen dancers – and the latest chart topper Chained to the Rhythm.

The latter saw the stage opening up to reveal to dancers appearing with televisions as crowns.

It is a all a bit bonkers off course, but it's a lot of fun – something which Perry delivers in spades.

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