Gig reviews: Compiégne, France

The best thing in Compiégne was to see so many familiar faces, hadn’t seen most of you for ages, it was absolutely a pleasure to meet everyone again! The new show was incredible. My first thought after the gig was that this must be the most amazing thing Mika has ever created, and I still think so. The new Marie Antoinette stage setting is a perfect background for the new fantastic costumes and also his new songs. Seriously, this is the most stunning pop theatre we can find (and if “pop theatre” is not an English word please just correct me).

The sad thing is that the organization of the show in Compiégne was at a poor level and it had a lot of impact on the atmosphere. It’s not a secret that Mika is a magnet for unprofessional business partners. Most times I find it sweet because it gives the impression that he doesn’t care for money as much as many other artists (and I appreciate it). This time it made me a bit sad for him, because the new show deserved only the best things around it. The local organizer was a total beginner causing some almost nightmarish effects.

First of all, they didn’t promote the concert properly. He sold several as big concerts as this in France just a year ago, and even he has been on a short break they should have easily sold one concert in his strongest area especially with a brand new setting, three new songs and this beautiful, special venue. I’m not sure who was responsible for the poor advertising (concert organizer, local record company, other business partners??) but either they didn’t realize they need to work for selling the gig, they realized it too late or everything was just really badly coordinated.

They ended up giving a lot of tickets away for free. I (like many other fans) bought my expensive category 1 ticket as soon as the gig was announced, but in the end thousands of people with cheaper category 2 & 3 or even free tickets were let in before me and everything was a mess. The whole situation was chaotic. I couldn’t notice any normal, professional security, only young girls and a couple of armed men with dogs. All the gates were opened at the same time, the organizers didn’t care if people had queued or not, and the situation was not only unfair but also dangerous – some of my friends needed medical help in the crowd.

Despite all this the show went really well. Mika was a bit nervous during it. I don’t know if he knew what was happening in the crowd or if he was only concentrating on his own performance and was nervous because of some technical problems (they had some). Personally I couldn’t see the show properly in Compiégne and I was momentarily disappointed, but for me it was only one show (I saw the same show the next day in Liége, it was so awesome, more details later!). The situation just made me angry because it’s about his reputation and public image.

Hahah, rant over. I was really happy I was there. Not only because I met so many friends but also because I really wanted to hear his new songs for the first time and I really wanted to see this beautiful historical venue (and it was even more special than I expected). I totally fell in love with Karen. The new show is spectacular, can’t wait to describe everything in my Les Ardentes gig review, he was in the best possible form in Belgium.  Some pics above.