The show at Bercy was such a spectacle it’s difficult to even start to describe it and I assume people most interested in it were either there or saw someone streaming the show so I’m going to just collect my thoughts and share photos to give an overview of it. I genuinely think everything went really well. I can’t say if it all went like Mika had originally planned it but from the audience perspective everything looked smooth and little mistakes we saw or hear were only minor and didn’t disturb the show at all.

His voice was good. He was occasionally out of breath, of course, but that can’t be avoided when running around a stage this big. Show elements were massive and included background films and animations inside enormous M I K A letters, a huge lighted construction on the smaller stage (Arc de Triomphe), a massive throne and a cake, a big Mika style heart with wings, confetti rains, red and white dressed dancers and similar color schemed heart flags.

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The show was grandiose and not sure it that’s a totally suitable word but I mean it in a positive way and say it with love. It was very Mika style, this is one of the reasons I like him so much. There’s still a child inside of him and he managed to make a massive show at Bercy look not only hard work, pressure and schedules but also a thrilling challenge and an opportunity to use his wildest ideas.

Concerts this big are more for him than for the audience. His singing was aimed to further galaxies and I generally prefer more basic concerts like the one in Strasbourg but it doesn’t make this one any less special, it was equally or even more precious but for very different reasons. This was important for him, we could see how well he prepared and the amount of money and hours put into it must have been enormous. I found it a bit disturbing that recording the show was a priority and that he had to speak to TV channels in the middle of the love letter to Paris but I totally understand it had to be done and I’m grateful a massive show like this could be put together whatever deals it took.

I saw the previous two Paris gigs and the big Milan gig seated and always regretted being so far away and not being able to see details or dance (in Milan it was even strictly forbidden) so after considering whether to sit or stand I finally went for standing. We couldn’t know in advance where to find a good view and I chose the big stage instead of the catwalk/second stage like seemed to be a good option at PDP but noticed my decision wrong since the beginning of the show as he used mainly the catwalk/small stage like at Rock In Rio. At that point it was too late for me to use my seat (unfortunately, the view would have been nice) so I watched most songs from behind and far away.

I could still see many details and elements before they were transferred to the end of the catwalk and luckily the end of Happy Ending and Last Party happened directly in front of me and that made me in tears of happiness as they are always my favorite parts and I was already feeling emotional and touched by the whole event. Because I couldn’t see the performances I carefully watched the background clips and pictures and admired how impressive they looked, all well made and variable.

Everything started with a dozen of dancers dressed in red jackets like solders hanging out here and there around the stage for a while until Mika came on stage and started the show. The set list was surprisingly very basic and familiar only a couple of French songs added. The special nature of the event came from show elements and they were impressive, to be honest much more impressive than I had expected.

My biggest favorites were Les Baisers Perdus with an extremely beautiful, talented circus performance – the song is delicate and loved it how the performance could be seen in shadows both sides of the stage – and Underwater with strings and 20 000 people in the audience singing the chorus and waving lights like thousands of stars on the sky. Maybe the most beautiful Underwater moment I’ve seen. Loved also the the similar costumes on Mika and the young boy giving the idea of a king and young prince and very much enjoyed Last Party (as a song) and Love Today.

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I kind of missed many songs because they happened on the other stage and wished I could have seen Love Today Tristan playing the opening in front of the audience. He looks young and I can remember how scared he seemed to be when he started in the band, soon he was having fun in the corner, then got his solo part hiding behind the gates and had now a role directly in front of the audience. So pleased to see Mika giving him some spotlight.

In the end of the show Mika came on stage inside of a magical sparkling cake, the whole band played vividly and everything ended under colorful confetti rain. I was located next to a confetti machine and literally had my eyes and mouth full of paper. What a fantastic, colorful ending for the spectacle.

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I felt happy and grateful I was able to see the show, just being there was enough. Mika was like a little boy playing with costumes, the whole family gathered around him watching him, smiling and supporting. The girls were there, even his little nephew was there (probably backstage but still). I know that creating a show like this means professional designing and planning, numerous hours of work and a lot of money but that’s still the impression I got. Melts my heart.

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The gig in Strasbourg last night was pretty much everything what I want from a “basic” Mika show (not talking about special cases like symphony concerts or intimate gigs which are more focused on singing or spectacles like Bercy): a good combination of amazing music, positive energy and fab looking, colorful show elements.

I wasn’t sure we would see any Bercy elements on stage – I tried not to expect it – so almost screamed of joy when the curtain was down and saw the giant Arc de Triomphe in the middle of the stage and the huge throne in the corner. The construction is truly giant and looks fantastic sparkling in different colors and the colors of the throne match with house backgrounds as well.

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The set list was familiar/basic and to be honest I was happy with that after being overwhelmed of new details in Paris night before and I’m generally satisfied as long as I can listen to my favorites. I was located on the side so didn’t get the whole view of the stage but haven’t seen Tristan playing from a close distance for a while so was totally happy with that too.

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The French crowd was as good and supportive as it can be. French gigs are always worth traveling and made me smile to realize that the school class surrounding me in the train this morning was talking about Mika the whole trip. The whole trip! Like that wasn’t cool enough the granny sitting next to me was absolutely delighted to see Bercy pics on my laptop and said oh-la-la to every single pic. Every single pic and I had many of them! He has charmed everyone. Confetti rain was crazy. I love the last pic taken after the show.

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Le Printemps de Bourges was the first festival for the new European tour and it was good to meet so many familiar people and to see Mika on stage again. We met as a group of fans at dinner the night before the festival and even I was tired after a long day of traveling I really enjoyed our relaxed evening together, thanks everyone!

I had lovely summery memories from my last visit in Bourges so I looked forward to the festival day. This year the weather was unpleasant and went annoyingly back and forth from cold rain to burning hot sun but that’s how rainbows are created (like Mika reminded in his tweet) and the night turned out to be as colorful and energetic as we could hope for.

The festival system was messy and included several gates and nervous waiting in big crowds before finally getting in to the festival tent. Everything looked unorganized but the security was nice and the area offered many different kinds of food (no toilets outside the tent though).

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The line up included two artists/groups before Mika. Unfortunately the first performance was totally ruined by a sound failure. I felt an enormous pain in my ears the moment the young singer called Marina Kaye started. The sound wasn’t just loud like usual in front, it was a disaster and several rows of people were covering their ears, some of them even crying and I had tears in my eyes as well.

I asked the security guy for ear plugs and he only shrugged but after a while saw that people are serious and went to look for some and brought as many as he could find. We all felt almost like vomiting and just waited the performance to end. So sorry for the artist. Such a shame her performance was ruined but it was not her fault and there was nothing she could do that moment.

The second act was an awesome group of three girls called L.E.J. The trio does mashups of famous songs both in French and English playing cello and drums. Their style was unique and very entertaining (and that way very suitable for festivals), they had good voices and even looked gorgeous so the whole audience loved them. I really enjoyed their performance. Check them out here or here if curious about their music.

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Then it was time for Mika and I really, really loved his performance even more than I had expected. Lovely, positive and relaxed vibe that totally made up a bit uncomfortable circumstances before the show and reminded once again why I like French gigs this much. There are already some great detailed reviews about this gig so I just list some of my favorite moments to remember them later.

I still love Porcelain in the beginning of the show. It’s powerful enough and I love starting the the gig focusing on Mika’s voice. Also, no matter how often I’ve heard it, no matter how many new songs I like Relax still triggers an enormous emotional feeling I can’t help, like a giant emotional wave. I will always love this song and it was a highlight also in Bourges.

Good Wife and Origin work in an opposite, care-free way and this time I enjoyed especially Origin (can’t even explain why, I need to look for some vids). Boum Boum Boum is still in my top 3 live songs. I don’t mind it’s in French – actually I like it how it sounds in French – and it’s not the joking part I like most. It’s the beautiful, gentle beginning and the warm, playful and smiling tone in the singing.

Good Guys has evolved a lot in my mind and I really enjoy the live version and the song was one of my favorites also in Bourges. I have no personal connection to the theme so I see the song from Mika’s point of view watching back to his youth and like to hear it performed in a very soft, gentle way. After hearing people telling their personal stories and how meaningful the song is to them I can now see it also from another, new angle and find it even more touching.

Last Party is one of my personal songs and becoming my very favorite and in Bourges it was even more special than it usually is. Suddenly there was only a spotlight in darkness,  we saw Mika as a figure and fog/smoke circling around him and it looked absolutely magical! I had never seen it like that and the performance was incredibly beautiful and sad and I could only stare and listen smiling and having tears in my eyes at the same time. I don’t usually like the foggy effect on stage, I much more prefer seeing everything clearly but this time it looked perfect.

And then it was time to end the show, too early as always, with Love Today and this time we couldn’t see the guitar playing figure behind the gate so I closed my eyes for a while and pretended the whole intro was played just for me and that no one else was there and it worked perfectly, lol! Then I opened my eyes and soon all my friends and everyone else inside the venue – even the calm looking father of the family next to me – were dancing, partying and having fun. Loved it!

The setlist was basic and some songs skipped to fit in the schedule but the show felt still even better than average because of the positive energy and atmosphere so I have high expectations for the new tour especially if there will be at least small changes in the setlist and maybe some new details (and hopefully a lot of surprises in Paris). My mobile was stolen on my way home from Bourges so my vids are gone but a few more pics below.

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Good, energetic and relaxed festival performance in Bourges last night. The weather was horrible and the festival itself not so well organized but I really loved watching Mika on stage and could well remember why I like to see him in France so often. I will soon write a proper report and describe the event and my favorite parts of the performance, meanwhile a few photos below. It was a pleasure to meet everyone again!

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Marseille is a dodgy place, rats running on streets and policemen just hanging around in big groups like waiting for something to happen. However, it has a lot of character, the architecture is absolutely beautiful and the place is shabby in that particular light way I really like. And there’s the sea! The port smells salty and the mistral goes inside your clothes but also blows away rainy clouds. We had a lovely sunny weather for Monday and I spent the afternoon walking and watching the sea and sky changing in different shades. So pretty!

There was a lot of pressure for the gig. The original date was cancelled the moment the doors were supposed to open so it was important the audience could feel it was worth it to come there twice. I was wondering myself if it’s worth it to travel all the way to Marseille (and queue the whole day) twice but I like seeing gigs in different parts of France and wanted to see the last show of the tour and decided to go. I traveled Marseille from Como with Solange who has an apartment near the venue. A huge thank you to her for hosting me and the other girls at her home!

Mika made a lot of effort for the show. Maybe not in his usual “let’s have fun on stage” way but more like “let’s wrap up this tour, we can do it” way and the result was good. He flirted with the audience a lot, even climbed to the balcony twice to kiss and personally sing and dance to a lady sitting near the stage (she certainly had the time of her life, see my GW vid) and almost jumped into the crowd directly in front of him. He was dancing, jumping, posing and having fun with Max and Tristan and generally showed his showman side in every possible way.

The front row was already almost full when we were let in but we somehow managed to get spots on the right side of the stage (I was next to the French fans and quickly checked that the Italians were on the left side). My one woman Tristan fan club was directly in front of him, I had generally a nice view and Mika did his best to do a good, energetic show. I still felt exhausted during the show, not because of lack of sleep but simply because I’ve been so busy lately.

Listening and watching the show brought my energy back but still happy that I decided to take some videos to be able to watch at least a part of the show again at home. I wish I had filmed every single song. I have really liked the set list for the tour and could hear almost all my album favorites also in Marseille (Last Party, No Place In Heaven, Good Wife, Boum Boum Boum, Promiseland). A few pics and videos below.