What a wonderful concert at Vega tonight! I wasn’t expecting that good atmosphere even I did get a very good vibe (from some little details) just before the gig started and knew it will be a good one. The stage looked better than usually. I wonder who makes it. I know Mika designed it but everything was really on their places and I loved the background especially in cold light/dark (sounds a bit freak but the stage must be right and now it really was). Mika was at his best mood. I haven’t seen him this lovely for ages. He always does a good show but the mood – it comes naturally and depends on the day. He was chatty and sharing a lot of stories between/in the middle of the songs, I really enjoyed listening to them (and he told not only random comments but more like little stories).
The slower songs were breath-takingly beautiful and the high-energy songs had a fantastic energy, a very good combination. Stardust was so pretty I could hardly breath and I fell in love with Popular. Can’t believe it because it’s my least favorite song but the live version is awesome! The audience was good (young, singing and screaming) and it made him smile. The choir was great again. Hahah, I wasn’t sure if I should just stare at Mika or party with the choir so I did both, lol. I met some great people tonight, it was so much fun! I will upload a few pics and vids and write a proper review when back home. X
The venue and the fans
A few words about the venue. Paradiso was a lovely venue, very cozy and even smaller than I thought in advance. The only ”problem” was the extremely high stage. The front row had a very limited view and the stage was resonating (disturbing the sound a bit) but most of the audience had an excellent view and I assume that especially balconies and both sides (a couple of stairs higher than the rest of the floor) offered also a good place to take vids and photos. It was good to see familiar faces again! I uploaded a few photos above.
Mika and the show
I enjoyed seeing the new and very simple stage setting, just two big "light squares", one with big M and one with a heart and polkadots. Mika and the band had their stylish simple outfits (black/grey trousers, white shirts, braces etc), very much my taste. The polkadot choir was dressed in white outfits with green polkadots (reminding me of the disc 2 of the deluxe album) and I must say I like the choir idea. It’s already a tradition to have fans on stage and the choir (chosen using audition vids) makes an entertaining addition to the show and is a nice way to have some social media publicity for the shows. The choir members seemed to have the time of their life and looked and sounded almost semi-professional after only very little rehearsing (well done everyone!).
Mika was jet lagged so he was tired in a funny, hyper-active way and his chatting was very entertaining and made the audience laugh. He slapped us (fans in the front row) on heads imitating amusement park hammer games (lol, so random!), joked with the band and danced in his own adorable style (which I love so much). He started the show with Blame It On the Girls which is a weird choice for the first song (imo). It’s probably the most boring song on the new setlist and would work better in the middle of the set so might be more useful to sacrifice Big Girl, Grace Kelly or even Rain in the beginning of the show as an option for Relax to wake up the audience (so LT, WAG, EMD and Celebrate could be saved as energetic highlights of the show).
The Original setlist looked like this:
He didn’t follow the original list but did Stardust and UW before SITM. I heard Stardust live for the first time and I absolutely loved it! My other favorites were Lola, Origin and especially LT and Love You When I’m Drunk, a fantastic energy in both of them. I loved how the boys played LT in a very strong way (okay, Tim is not a “boy” but I call them “the boys”). It’s difficult to explain but I will try to film LT in the near future to show what I mean, it was fantastic and I immediately paid attention. Hahah, Max was also super cute as usual when doing his tadadidadidum in the end of the song and looked really pleased and I bet Mika is a bit jealous because people love that part of the show.
Unfortunately the stage was resonating a bit during UW (my fav song) and the sound was not the best possible (but that was probably only very near the stage). I was worried in advance Mika is too jet lagged to perform his usual level but he did great and the gig was very funny and had an awesome vibe so I felt like partying and really enjoyed the show. I don’t have good quality photos or videos to share but I filmed Stardust to have a memory from the gig, see below.
I saw Mika at Paradiso, Amsterdam, last night and here is a short quick update. A typical, cold Amsterdam weather, lovely company and a small, cozy and intimate venue. A VERY high stage, simple and lovely stage setting, a good, high-energy audience and jet lagged, crazy, even a bit hysterical and very entertaining Mika.
The show was a bit different than usually. The stage was so high that it was at the same level as my nose so I was mostly watching Mika’s shoes (I considered going to the balcony but decided to stay with my friends at front). What can I say. Listening to Stardust live for the first time watching Mika’s beautiful black and white Louboutins is definitely not a bad way to spend a Saturday night.
The show was great, Mika was as charming and funny as he can be and the audience was very responsive. I really enjoyed watching the polkadot choir and think it’s a fantastic idea. I recognized our very own Ingie, Monie and Mona Lisa and the whole choir did well. I don’t have many pics or vids but will write more details later. Thanks everyone for the lovely weekend!