I loved this Luxembourg gig. Loved loved loved it. My favorite kind of Mika gigs. Not as exciting as the first show of the tour in Rennes was (the biggest excitement for years) but warm, cozy and small. I love it when Mika is close to the audience. The stage was tiny so there was no space for anything else except him and the band. No stage setting or even background, just Mika singing and chatting to the audience the band having fun around him. I didn’t take many photos, I didn’t want to put my camera between us and I loved it that he left his microphone in the end of Happy Ending and sang a bit without it, it was absolutely beautiful and that way there was nothing between his voice and the audience either.

He took a lot of contact with the crowd like he often does at intimate gigs like this. I couldn’t understand his chatting in French but really enjoyed the atmosphere. In the end of Boum Boum Boum he suddenly pointed me asking me on stage. It was very unexpected. I have a horrible stage fear and going on stage even for a short moment without knowing what’s going to happen felt absolutely terrifying. I messaged him “no” but he did some demanding gestures with his  fingers and I said “nooo” again and then he quickly grabbed Karin on stage instead.

Hahah at least I made her happy! She enjoyed her time on stage and getting some cool dancing photos with Mika but I felt a bit bad afterwards. Fans are supposed to play along  during gigs, I wasn’t sure if he likes people saying no. He asks fans on stage quite often and those moments are meant to be really special. Usually fans are dying to be there! I’m such a failure… How to explain that just having the possibility made me happy? Luckily he said later it was just funny. Maybe I will get over my stage fear someday. I’ve been on stage during previous tours (that time we all knew what was going to happen) and survived and had a wonderful experience.

The set list for Luxembourg:

  • No Place In Heaven
  • Big Girl
  • Good Wife
  • Grace Kelly
  • Boum Boum Boum
  • Talk About You
  • Good Guys
  • Origin Of Love
  • Relax
  • L’amour
  • Staring At The Sun
  • Promiseland
  • Underwater
  • Elle Me Dit
  • Happy Ending
  • Love Today
  • Last Party

He skipped Golden and Lollipop in the end. During Promiseland he took a crown Karin gave him and was wearing it half of the show and told little stories that it brought to his mind (couldn’t understand but got translations later).  I can’t tell any favorites like I usually do, loved every song and really enjoyed this intimate gig. Cristina and her husband were kind and drove us to our hotel after he show so we didn’t have to look for a taxi. Such dodgy neighborhood in the center, full of prostitutes and dealers. What a great night to remember. Thanks everyone involved xx

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Forest National in Brussels was one of the biggest venues of the tour and people were waiting in several lines to get in. Luckily the security opened the doors at the same time and I ended up being one of the first people going in. I was hurrying to get a good spot after my ticket was checked already twice but was suddenly stopped for another check and asked to wait until 15-20 random people had gone in first. However, got in eventually and managed to go front left so no harm was done.

Really couldn’t wait the show to start! I was also looking forward to the supporting act. For this tour Mika has Citizens supporting him and I really like them. We can’t hear them well enough so haven’t heard the lyrics properly but I already recognize their songs and like them. So nice he has a proper supporting band!

Forest National had a big enough stage for the whole new setting so I could see it for the third time. It does look gorgeous! This time there’s no balloons or confetti, just the beautiful stage design. The caravan is extremely clever and I was happy to be in front of it to see it properly and tried to carefully focus on the beginning and No Place On Heaven which was absolutely lovely and made me want to hear more of it.

He has already done some little changes/added new details to some of the songs. This is why I love doing several gigs during the tour, the show evolves during just a few weeks! He started Grace Kelly slowly with Max (I heard he did the same in Amsterdam but wasn’t there to hear it). Relax was different than usually but not totally sure what he was doing with it as it’s such an emotional song for me and makes me in tears whenever I hear it these days.

There’s a new guitarist in the band and I’ve been holding my breath for him. He’s young and been a bit scared but now gotten a permission – or an order – to party as he was more relaxed and had a lot of fun on stage last night. It was adorable! Everything seemed so exciting and new for him! Max did his funny dancing over the stage and joined him and during Love Today Curtis took his guitar as well and ”the boys” played together and it was one of the highlights of the gig for me, I’ve always loved how the band plays Love Today.

Promiseland is like a different song performed live. There’s not the same determination we can hear in the album version but that doesn’t mean it’s not good, it’s just different and also getting better gig after gig. I love the dance part and the audience in Brussels gave it a good response. Boum Boum Boum was entertaining as always and because we were in a French speaking country we heard also L’amour which is actually a very funny song, liking the live version more and more.

The audience was generally good and Mika was in a good mood or at least made things look like that. He is professional that way so I can’t always be sure. The energy felt very real and people were happy and smiling after the show. Afterwards he signed a few things to fans and I was happy I could say a quick thank you to him, that doesn’t happen so often these days. He said he had seen me at the first night. So sweet and a bit embarrassing for me that he could remember. I loved the first show so much I couldn’t help but showing my love and smiling from the beginning to the end of the show.

I’m still happy after seeing the new show three times and could swear the world has colors and shades I somehow couldn’t see before. Fabulous, creative setting and beautiful, addictive new songs. The setlist is long and that way difficult for him to sing night after night so we shouldn’t be disappointed if he has to shorten it. Busy tour schedules are always hard but so far everything looks good. A small photo gallery below. The guy in a couple of pics is the one who designed the set from Studio Job (please correct if I’m wrong, I can’t understand French).

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Mika performed at Lokerse Feesten in Lokeren on Friday so I flied to Dusseldorf on Thursday and travelled to Belgium by car on Friday with my gig traveling friends Saskia and Karin. It was great to meet so many French, Belgian and Dutch fans I haven’t met for a while. A huge thank you to everyone and especially to Saskia for being such an amazing host and making me feel so welcome. Can’t wait to see everyone soon again!

The festival opened at seven and started with a local rap performance, continued first with a punk band, then singer-songwriter style with Milow and then finally with Mika and even a dj after him. The line-up was quite strange put together and most people in the audience seemed to be there for the event, not just for one particular artist or band. The stage was very high – at least twice as high as usually – and I spent an hour walking around and trying to choose the the best spot in the audience. The best view was obviously from the middle of the square but I had my camera with me so eventually decided to stay front and take a few pics even I couldn’t see the whole stage from there.

I felt tired so I focused on every artist on stage (it’s always the best way stay awake) and was puzzled how different they all were compared to each other. The rap band was arrogant and had their twenty best friends on stage with them like rap artists always do. They were also quite rude throwing bottles to the audience so I didn’t like the vibe and neither did the majority of the audience but they had their own fans dancing in the middle of the field. The punk band was awesome, very positive and friendly and the audience generally liked them. Milow is actually a good artist and I had looked forward seeing him live but would have preferred seeing him on stage earlier and felt already a bit sleepy during his performance. Then it was finally time for Mika and I was happy to see him and suddenly felt totally awake and energetic.

Every artist/band had the same amount of time for their performance meaning Mika did his short festival set and was just one of the acts instead of a proper headliner even he was the last one to perform (at least before the dj part). He didn’t start as sharply as he did in Ostrava and the audience warmed up slowly so the performance felt a bit too short even it got better during every song like it always does. I had a feeling he didn’t even try to go for the best possible impact and was aiming just for a good, standard festival performance which he successfully did.

He didn’t do many songs from the new album, there was not enough time for that. I know many fans were disappointed because of that but I hadn’t expected many new songs in an event like this and was actually very pleased with the show and just enjoyed and danced and focused on the two things I always focus on during every Mika show.

I always do my best to forget everything around me and concentrate on and listen to very carefully the most important songs. No matter where I am and what the circumstances are – a concert hall, an intimate club, a muddy festival field – to see Mika live and close in front me singing songs like Happy Ending, Underwater or Last Party is a huge privilege. Being able to be there makes me a privileged, lucky person and would be ungrateful from me not to concentrate on and fully enjoy every second. It’s actually very easy, I just focus on the moment and always love it and this gig wasn’t an exception.

Also, I always look for something that is special for that particular show. Something to remember later and something that separates the show from every other show I’ve seen. It took me practically three days to travel abroad to see this a bit more than one hour show and traveling from my country is always expensive. Would be waste of my time and money not to make every trip memorable and not to find something unique from every gig to remember afterwards.

This time it was definitely Staring At The Sun. I saw the new beautiful video earlier that day and loved it how they had managed to catch the same atmosphere (with lights) in the live performance and really enjoyed the song. It was definitely Happy Ending and Mika’s face when he realized the audience just kept singing the song. And it was definitely Love Today in the end when the band was finally playing the mad look in their eyes and the audience was finally jumping crazy and the confetti rain ended everything too soon but still as well as possible. Those carefree seconds of simple, childlike happiness. If I could stop time for a while I would have done it during that confetti rain.

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It was lovely to have a “Mika day” and it reminded me of some wonderful promotion gig days years ago. I arrived Brussels late Wednesday night a bit stressed and unsure. It was very difficult to find a ticket for the actual show on Thursday night. My friend who lives in Belgium worked weeks to find me one. She bought me prepaid mobile cards to participate the competition and talked to all her friends and colleagues asking them to take part. So many people did, even they don’t even know me. I didn’t manage to win but still wrote “Mobistar” in my calendar and my friend promised to continue looking for someone who has tickets and is willing to take me to the gig. She found me a ticket last minute. Unfortunately the person who won couldn’t go with me meaning I had a ticket but wasn’t sure it would help me in. I was happy to read about the signing session organized in Liege the same day because that way I could still at least see Mika even if I wasn’t lucky with my ticket.

The noisy hotel I had booked as an affordable option looked awful and had stained sheets and ceiling mirrors. I couldn’t sleep but still didn’t feel tired in the morning and took a train to Liege and found the Mobistar store with barriers and green carpets ready for the signing session and a small group of people already queuing. Everything was really nice, calm and carefully organized. The staff was smiling and gave 50 first people a free album and started to let us in (in small groups) around 1 pm. We were taken upstairs into a big airy room. I don’t have any pictures of the signing session (we were asked not to take photos inside) but if interested see some photos on the event company’s FB page here.

Everything went really well. No one was pushing, people were polite and waited for their turn and Mika was kind as always, giving his smiling attention to everyone. I wasn’t sure if I should sit or not but he offered me a seat and was really sweet. I thought (once again) that I really need to work with my discussion skills. I’m always trying not to ask him too many questions (there are so many questions I would love to ask him but fan meetings are supposed to be like nice little chats, not investigations). However, l can’t stop the most random, unimportant words coming out from my mouth. Luckily he went to the point and told about writing songs with a Finnish song-writer which naturally made me very excited (he had mentioned it in interviews but I wasn’t sure if it was true or simply a mistake/misunderstanding). Never ever thought something like this could happen and I really can’t wait the album to hear the result.

One of the guys working for the event company listened to my worries and helped fixing the problem with my ticket. I was so pleased the event was so well organized. Everything went perfectly without a moment of chaos. I went back to Brussels with the Belgian and French girls (Thanks Isa for driving me!) and people got in to the venue very smoothly.

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I already wrote a quick update about the show, see it here. It still sounds a bit over-excited and I can still feel the after concert euphoria. To be honest I was surprised the gig was that good. In Napoli I got the impression he couldn’t actually remember his usual stage routines, simply because he hasn’t been on stage much. I wasn’t sure what to expect in Brussels.

It turned out to be a fantastic gig. He didn’t have his full regular band and he was obviously avoiding higher parts during some songs but he sounded really good and seemed to enjoy performing. I couldn’t help but smiling through the gig, I really enjoyed it. He added many new details to his old songs and it sounds like a little thing but means a lot because it gave the feeling he’s been thinking about his own music again. Loved it that he decided to speak English and that I could enjoy his chatting and jokes again after so many French and Italian events.

The gig was streamed (thanks to Lara and Eriko it’s here) so it’s easy for everyone to watch and experience again and again. I was so happy to hear Toy Boy in the beginning that I could hardly breath. Loved Blue Eyes and Origin. Almost cried when he started Relax with piano (my very favorite part of all Mika songs). Hold my breath again during Underwater. LOVED Boum Boum Boum (knew it will be a fantastic live song). Was super happy to hear Lola again. He couldn’t remember the lyrics first (I didn’t have an internet connection to offer him mobile) but finally got them. Adored piano intros and was really pleased he did Italian version of Lollipop because I actually like it. It’s playful and makes sense to sing it in Italian even to non-Italians, imo.

He looked gorgeous. He doesn’t seem to get any older. He was glowing and his red suit fit really nicely. I felt a bit sad when the gig ended and I realized it’s all over again. He was still in a good mood and really sweet and said good bye and everyone left smiling. It was a lovely day. I’m so grateful, thanks everyone who I met and who made it possible.