Brv wrote:1 . Is inner map of the concert hall available somewhere ? I didn’t find anything like this at the organizers web-page . Especially interested about cloakrooms . I will have one small backpack or a bag ,and it would be quite inconvenient to take it with me at the concert . And I think that it is not allowed at all . Honestly , it shall be the first big concert in my life . Before this I’ve visited only concerts of traditional Japanese music , organized by Embassy of Japan in Latvia , but it is not the same thing . So , I can imagine that they will let people go in at 18:00 at then everyone will run as fast as possible to take better position close to the stage ? But will there be a possibility to visit cloakroom before , so everyone could have equal possibilities ? I would like to be closer to the right part of the stage , because in this way I will be closer to the Mami-san ! Mami-san is my favourite member of the group , because she is biggest otaku of all girls ! Mami-san is our soulmate ! That’s why I need to be closer to her even if it means that I will be quite far from Tomomi-san .
The O2 has a cloakroom on entering the venue. Once you deposit your coat (I'm sure your small bag is fine) you go upstairs to the hall where the gig is. There may be a fee for the cloakroom (at most GBP1-2 I think). Whether or not you get to the front row depends on where you are in the queue. As this is not Japan, unfortunately there is not much decorum at gigs esp as this is a general admission ticket and it'll be survival of the fittest. But if you do anything stupid, security will not take it very lightly hehe.
In Singapore, the VIP tix holders are in a 'golden circle' ie physically separated from the regular tix holders who are in the back. I am not sure how the O2 is doing this. I do hope it is the same like the Singapore show in 2013. It also facilitates the hi-touch as it is easier to 'herd' the VIP tix holders to line up for the event.
Brv wrote:2 . Policy about using photo cameras . In the organizer’s web-page there is said that small cameras are allowed if something else isn’t mentioned . I’ve read my ticket for many times but didn’t find any notifications about cameras . Does it mean that it would be allowed to make pictures ?
When I was at the OOR gig at the O2, there were signs of 'no cameras/videos of the performance' and there was even an announcement by one of the band's crew. But enforcement wasn't strict at all at the O2 and I took some shots. At Perfume (different London venue) the security were much more strict, doing rounds every now and then making sure people were not taking photos (I have seen some photos surfacing on FB anyway). In the UK, taking photos at gigs are the norm although it does get annoying even for the adjacent members of the audience. I take gig photos for posterity myself but I try not to piss people off hehe. It's up to you. If you happen to be at front row and start to point your iPhone at MAMI it'll be obvious and you may get told off by security. If you do carry a camera, only small point and shoots and not a DSLR. One thing though - how strict security is depends on how strongly the band management wants the security to ensure no photos are done. I have been at a gig where everyone was frisked and they had a system where all cameras are held by staff at the venue, only to be returned after the end of the show.
Brv wrote:3 . Dress-code . Right now I asked for assistance of the local anime shop – we have only one small anime shop in Latvia – in order to buy SCANDAL t-shirt . Hope it will work . But if not , is it allowed to wear an anime t-shirt , even if soundtrack of this anime wasn’t composed by SCANDAL ? Unfortunately , I have no t-shirts from the anime , where SCANDAL songs are used .
It's a free country, dude. You can wear a Taylor Swift tee shirt with a clown mask if that takes your fancy. Some fans wear stuff trying to impress the band esp if there is a hi touch by wearing something relevant to the band or even cosplaying.
Brv wrote:4 . I have a VIP ticket , but it’s difficult for me to understand , what is the meaning of “hi-touch with the band” . Does it mean that we will be able to see them before/after the concert and , maybe , even ask for autographs ? ! If yes , then will it be any SCANDAL related merchandise available to buy at the place , because even usual CD is too big to put it in the pocket . Well , if I will get t-shirt with SCANDAL symbolics , I can ask for autograph at the shirt . But I guess that it would be quite impolite to ask for an autograph on t-shirt while wearing it . So , looks like that I will need 2 t-shirts . This is so complicated . . .
The hi-touch is just us lining up to lightly high-5 the bandmembers. You can give a cursory "hey your guitar playing rocks, MAMI" but that's it. No photos, no autographs. This is likely after the show - as 1. the previous hi touch at Singapore was the same 2. it is very unlikely to be before the set as SCANDAL have their 'me' time before they get onstage.