Lady Gaga brings the Monster Ball to London

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Lady GaGa kicked off the UK leg of her mammoth ‘Monster Ball Tour’ last week in Manchester (February 19th). We sent a snapper to the O2 Arena dates in London on Friday and Saturday – keep clicking for all the surreal madness.

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GaGa’s stage show included a staggering 15 costume changes as well as a variety of props from this green Rolls Royce to a giant octopus and a subway train. Pic: PA Photos

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During the US leg of her ‘Moster Ball Tour’ Lady GaGa invited Kid Cudi and Jason Derulo along as support. The UK got Alphabeat. Pic: Splash

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Lady GaGa’s stage show is split into four parts, ‘City’, ‘Subway’, ‘Forest’ and ‘Monster Ball’ and follows her progress across New York as she makes her way to a ball. Pic: PA Photos

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The second act saw the singer dressed as a PVC-wrapped nun in a subway carriage as she launched into ‘Love Game’ before setting her piano on fire for ‘Speechless’. Pic: Splash

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The set for the ‘Monster Ball Tour’ was put together in just over four weeks and saw Lady GaGa working on the final touches to it just half an hour before it began. Pic: PA Photos

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Lady GaGa in one of her 15 outfits at the London leg of the ‘Monster Ball Tour’. The singer won both Best Dressed and Worst Dressed at the Shockwaves NME Awards; read more about that here. Pic: Splash

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Lady GaGa performs at the O2 Arena in London as part of her ‘Monster Ball Tour’. She told fans during the first Manchester date that she had got bored of the US version of the show and completely redesigned it for the UK. Pic: PA Photos

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Lady GaGa’s set kicked off with ‘Dance In The Dark’, which she debuted at the Brit Awards and which she performed against a seedy New York street scene backdrop, before performing a few bars of another new song, ‘Glitter And Grease’. Pic: PA Photos

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Lady GaGa has called her massive ‘Monster Ball Tour’ “the first ever pop electro opera”. Between the first night in Monstreal on November 27th 2009 to the planned final date in Croatia in October, it will take in four continents and 75 dates. Pic: Splash

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Lady GaGa’s ‘Monster Ball Tour’ saw her perform 21 songs at London’s O2 Arena, including hit singles ‘Just Dance’, ‘Poker Face’ and of course ‘Bad Romance’. Pic: PA Photos

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GaGa announced a batch of new dates in the UK this week. She’ll perform in Nottingham, Birmingham, London, Manchester and Sheffield during May and June. Tickets go onsale later this week so stick with NME.COM for the latest. Pic: Splash

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Lady GaGa at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday (February 27th). The tour continues this week stopping in Newcastle, Birmingham, Sheffield and Nottingham. Check availability of tickets here. Pic: PA Photos

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Lady GaGa in costume number 315 at London’s O2 Arena on Friday (February 26th). For a full review of the gig grab next week’s magazine, out March 10th. Pic: Splash

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Lady GaGa suffered a few setbacks during the Manchester date of her ‘Monster Ball Tour’, with lighting cues missed, sound not balanced properly and the set overrunning by half an hour. Everything seemed to be fixed by the second date at London’s O2 Arena on Friday (February 26th). Pic: Splash

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Lady GaGa switches costumes yet again at the London leg of her ‘Monster Ball Tour’. For more on her, including news, reviews, pictures and video, head to her artist page. Pic: Splash

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Lady GaGa performs at London’s O2 Arena on Saturday (February 27th) during the London leg of her ‘Monster Ball Tour’. Pic: Splash

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Lady GaGa rounded off the set in spectacular fashion, returning for the final act featuring a huge animatronic octopus, as she closed the show with ‘Paparazzi’ and recent Number One hit ‘Bad Romance’. Pic: Splash

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Lady GaGa was seen going for a Chinese meal in London at the weekend wearing a see-through ensemble that Radio 1’s Sara Cox likened to Lenor bottles. Pic: Splash

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