This event was very special and emotional for the majority of the people attending it. Equality is not something concerning only LGBT-community but more a matter of humanity we all should work for – I want to raise my children to equally respect everyone and naturally want them to be able to live their lives equally respected. Mika talks about sexuality in many of his songs and has never tried to hide it. However, he didn’t earlier want to talk about it in interviews and it’s such a personal issue, everyone should be free to decide if they want to publicly talk about it or not. I still hoped he would openly talk about it when he feels ready, simply because it’s good to see people openly and honestly be what they are and because I imagined it could make his life easier and that way happier. I was proud of him when he first talked about the issue in an interview (can’t be an easy situation) and also when I heard him to be the main performer for the equality concert in Paris at Place de la Bastille. I wanted to see the event and I was already supposed to be in Paris on Monday (had booked Papillons festival for Sunday) so I decided to stay two more days.
I can’t estimate the size of the audience (as I’m not local I can’t say how many people can fit to the area or estimate how many people actually showed up) but the evening looked like a success, the amount of people coming to the area looked very impressive and the atmosphere got more and more excited as the flags started to fill the square. The security was visible and prepared for troubles/disorder, but I didn’t see any. Line up for the event before Mika wasn’t well-known or famous but still quite entertaining with variety of performers. The sets were kept short enough but the speeches were numerous and some of them quite emotional and the schedule was far too tight for the speech part and in the end Mika had to rush his set through without much time to breathe or talk to the audience and probably leave some songs out of the set but he did his part extremely well and managed to keep the energy level high during the whole set and looked happy to support the cause and controlled the rushed situation well. I felt sorry for him because he was made to perform in a hurry but he didn’t let it ruin his show and tried to do as many songs as the time allowed.
This was a free concert so the set he did (around 10 songs) felt like a proper set and more than that could have been too much for his voice to sing without any pause between the songs. The experience was different than usual gigs and I didn’t concentrate on any details or any special songs but focused on watching the show, the whole situation and people celebrating the cause hoping I could see something similar happening in my own country in the near future. It was amazing to see Mika on stage and be in the middle of the audience with hundreds of flags, very special event indeed. Short clips here and here.