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She's ready to roar... star Katy Perry gears up for huge Belfast shows

By Maureen Coleman

She flew into Belfast early last week to prepare for the launch of her Prismatic World Tour.

And Katy Perry will be in tip-top shape when she takes to the stage at the Odyssey Arena tonight, despite vowing to visit Belfast's best pubs and chip shops.

Since booking into her base at the Culloden Hotel the sexy singer has been on a health kick – working out in the gym, ditching caffeine and catching up on her sleep.

Guests at the five-star Culloden Estate spotted the I Kissed A Girl and Roar star running on the treadmill, flanked by bodyguards on either side.

However, the attempts of one local gym-goer failed to impress the 29-year-old Californian.

She took to Twitter to write: "Dear person in the gym showing off, trying to out run the treadmill. You broke the machine. This is why we can't have nice things."

The pop beauty, who was married to UK comic Russell Brand for a year, kicks off her 104-date tour in Belfast, playing a second gig in the city tomorrow night.

In an interview with a Sunday newspaper she revealed that she planned to stay in Belfast for almost a fortnight.

"I've got an incredible travelling circus that I like to make memories with," she said.

"I routed this tour so I can really enjoy myself along the way and have experiences and make memories, so that when I do go to a city, maybe I've had an incredible experience there, and I then have more to say on stage. I think it's so impersonal that when you get on that stage the only thing you can say is 'Hello Belfast...'

"I mean, what about Belfast? I'll be in Belfast for two weeks so I should know exactly what Belfast is like, what's the coolest pub, where the best fish 'n' chips are."

She also hinted that she might pop out for a cycle, dressed in disguise, to hand out free tickets to fans for her two Belfast shows.

The multi-million pound tour – which takes in Europe, the US, Mexico and Australia and runs until December 15 – has been described by Perry herself as "a multi-faceted spectacular".

Speaking about the staging, she said: "The stage is so advanced and incredible, somewhat futuristic and a little bit more modern than the last tour. It's just so fun. There's a lot of comedy in the show, all these little bits of humour."

Last week dozens of trucks parked outside the Odyssey Arena as Perry and her dancers went through their rehearsals.

Perry later tweeted her delight at reaction to the stage set. She posted: "2nd best compliment. Someone just said my stage was the battleship of stages. Rad! #battleship #tesla & #yesimfeelingmyself."

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