6 things we learned at Babymetal's Wembley arena show

Babymetal performing at Wembley Arena Metal Hammer 2016
Babymetal at Wembley Arena (Image credit: John McMurtrie)

The Japanese phenomenon known only as Babymetal headlined London’s Wembley arena with one of the most bonkers shows ever witnessed. This is what we learned…

Babymetal Have Endless Energy

At their Brixton O2 Academy headline show in 2014, Babymetal kicked and twirled their way through 15 high-energy songs. Tonight, they performed 17 – the same number as when we caught them at Yokohama Arena last year. That’s two hours of constant singing, dancing and smiling. The only real break they got was during new nu-metal anthem KARATE, which involved a routine where they all fell on the floor and seemed to play dead for a few seconds. Metal Resistance? Resistance training, more like.

Yui And Moa Are Stars In Their Own Right

After Su-Metal sang Akatsuki solo, it was time for Yui-metal and Moa-metal’s time in the sun. Performing their song GJ! live for the first time, they skipped merrily down the runway that halved the arena, flanked on both sides by a sea of outstretched hands and accompanied by singing and screaming voices. Could spin-off shows be in their future?

They’re More Than Gimme Chocolate!!

While the tune prompted one of the biggest sing-alongs Wembley’s ever seen, the girls are far from being one-hit wonders, and the fans know the words to every track. The green spotlights highlighting 12,000 people waving their arms during the reggae bit in 4no Uta is one of most surreal things we’ve seen at a metal show. The bursts of CO2, jets of flame and fireworks made the show feel special, too. We can only hope that next time they’ll bring along their mysterious floating pyramid.

The New Material Sounds Massive

One sleep after the festivities of Fox Day and the release of Metal Resistance, we were treated to the live premiere of the mighty Meta Taro – the album’s battle-metal inspired song – complete with a marching dance routine executed with military precision. They also debuted Amore, allowing The Kami Band to show off their chops with some classic metal soloing.

Their Fans Come From All Over The World

Babymetal are the first Japanese band to headline Wembley arena. Let the enormity of that sink in for a moment. As they sung climactic album and set closer The One, many fans waved the Japanese flag or raised one from their home – we spotted the colours of the UK, Norway, France, Ireland, Germany, Denmark, Quebec and Slovakia. Towards the end of the song, the two big screens displayed the faces of fans back in Japan watching the show via a live stream. We are The One.

Babymetal Will Be Back!

After an encore of fret-widdling mega song Road Of Resistance, the lights came up and a huge logo flashed up on the screens, bearing the words: ‘See You In Next Metal Resistance’. But when will that be? As usual, only that secretive vulpine deity knows…

Why nobody can stop Babymetal

Eleanor Goodman
Editor, Metal Hammer

Eleanor was promoted to the role of Editor at Metal Hammer magazine after over seven years with the company, having previously served as Deputy Editor and Features Editor. Prior to joining Metal Hammer, El spent three years as Production Editor at Kerrang! and four years as Production Editor and Deputy Editor at Bizarre. She has also written for the likes of Classic Rock, Prog, Rock Sound and Visit London amongst others, and was a regular presenter on the Metal Hammer Podcast.