(Note: any directions mentioned are from the perspective of facing the stage from the audience.)
I went to the show last night in Sunrise, FL. I've been to many a concert, and this was by far the most visually enticing and the spectacle was unreal. I had an RS ticket that said the show was to start at 7, so I got there at 6, right when the doors open. To my surprise, the line at the RS entrance was relatively short, and just getting there when the doors opened proved to be perfect for getting a good spot in the pit. Once I walked in (and got comments from confused employees as to why I was wearing a Led Zeppelin shirt at a Katy Perry concert), I entered a pretty empty RS. Of course, the short walls on the catwalk were completely covered with people, but instead of going behind them or immediately turning towards the crowd, I continued straight and went towards the other exit/entrance of the pit where there was nobody was standing. I stood right where the left catwalk of sorts beings to incline, so the stage was slanted up near my eye level. As you can see from my signature in the second .gif, it's pretty damn close.
After waiting for 45 minutes, Ferras showed up right at 7. To be honest, I couldn't tell if he was good or not because the subwoofer was literally 3 feet from me and it was ridiculously loud (I later learned that the bass levels were reduced for the other acts). He played for close to 30 minutes, and immediately the stage guys started removing all of Ferras' equipment and getting ready for Capital Cities. Just a few minutes prior to 8, they showed up and started playing. They got the crowd into it, and they played for close to 40 minutes. Finally, they started removing their equipment and setting up Katy's.
Just after 9, over 2 1/2 hours after I got into the RS, the lights turned black and 15000+ people started screaming. The intro was amazing, and her entrance was chilling (see below).
The 2 1/2+ hours of waiting seemed like an eternity, but once Katy started, the show went by in what seemed like 10 minutes. The only thing that sucks (although I knew about this in advance) was that her back was turned to us during the acoustic set where she does most of her talking. Nothing you could do about that I guess. Also, she seemed to favor the right catwalk more than the left (the one I was up against). The performance however, was just spectacular. Her voice was spot on. I often say she sometimes can be a bit off live, but this was a nearly perfect performance. Also, she made eye contact for like a second and a half, but that made my night. If it wasn't for the waiting prior, the show would be an 11/10. Unfortunately, I can only give 10/10 because of that. Best concert of my life.
The two videos I've posted are Roar and Firework:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hFfuKTUJ1DAhttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8jgZSApH6fc
Thanks forum for all your tips and advice on getting the most out of the show. Don't think I would have gotten the RS ticket if it wasn't for all your stories.