The gig in London was like a party. My whole trip to London was very special. I traveled together with my family (my husband and two of my three sons) and we stayed from early Friday morning until late Tuesday night so we had several days to visit museums/science centres and enjoyed it all very much. The MFC meet up before the show was lovely! Approximately 100 fans from all over the world gathered together to have drinks and say hello to each other before heading to the venue and it was wonderful to meet everyone. A huge thank you to Deb for organizing the meeting and hope to see everyone soon again.
The theatre was absolutely beautiful. Theatres are my favorite type of venues and they match with Mika’s music and style incredibly well. I had so looked forward to this show and to be honest I couldn’t wait to see Mika on stage again. People might think it’s strange because I had just seen him but not in circumstances like this and not together with my family. I had waited for this particular gig for months and I generally miss seeing him on stage as soon as the previous gig is over. I can’t explain it.
My family had great seats in the middle of the second row of the royal circle and told later their view over the stage was perfect. My youngest boy loved the show and put the show on the top of his list so far (he already saw two shows in Paris and London in October) but my older son wasn’t feeling well and found the sound too loud to enjoy. Major bad mother moment after realizing I had dragged him there without ear plugs! It was a theatre so I didn’t expect the sound to be too loud (it really was louder than I had thought) and he is a teenager (15) already so I’m sure he will get over it.
I enormously enjoyed the whole night, can’t even describe it. From my point of view (after seeing several shows during the past two weeks) the show was formal and not as relaxed or spontaneous as some other shows I’ve seen lately. It almost gave the vibe Mika is a stranger in his own town but his performance was still excellent and very professional and I totally understand he wanted everything to be controlled as the show was streamed in China which is a huge thing both for Mika as an artist and for his fans in China.
The set list was brilliant. He skipped Boum Boum Boum to please his UK fans but otherwise we got everything we could possibly hope for and heard several special songs outside the regular list. Opening with Porcelaine was more impressive and interesting than Big Girl at previous gigs. Promiseland is a big fan favorite and definitely pleased everyone. Over My Shoulder with his friend Alex was absolutely stunning (brought back memories from the acoustic tour 2009) and Ordinary Man in the end rare and lovely special treat. This time my personal favorite was Relax with an interesting intro and explanation about writing the song. I so enjoyed his chatting and stories throughout the whole show, such a pleasure for once to be able to understand everything!
His voice was beautiful. I saw a periscope from Switzerland where he sounded like having a flu (not totally sure about that because I wasn’t there) but couldn’t hear that at all in London. The stage looked amazing and the lights were great (and didn’t blind at all). I didn’t expect the arc to fit on the Palladium stage but the stage was bigger than I had thought and the arc was there. The choir didn’t work. Maybe it was a favor for someone to let the group on stage, they took space and attention but didn’t add anything extra to the songs.
Confetti was fabulous! There was so much of it, more confetti than you can ever imagine! I want to remember that confetti moment forever. Even my husband was thrilled – the confetti reached even the audience up at the royal circle – and to quote his exact words “this time there was more of everything” and “the set list was better than ever” and “Mika was very brave singing in the middle of the crowd” (obviously along with the confetti rain one of the highlights for him).
I didn’t take many photos so I don’t have much to share. I love taking photos at gigs, it’s the only way to keep the gigs in order and my mind sane and over a longer time period it has a huge meaning to me to have the details documented. I’m still trying my best to be sensitive and choose suitable moments, to show that I appreciate the performance and not to disturb any delicate songs. This time I had a lovely spot in front close to the stage and I had so eagerly waited for this particular venue and gig that I just wanted to enjoy and focus on listening and watching. A few vids below.
A small blog post to document our lovely day in London. I arrived with my family from Paris by train. It was our first time using Eurostar, so comfortable and easy. We had an early tea, checked in to our hotel to have a quick shower and hurried to a pub near the theater to meet other fans before the show.
I stepped in the pub, was surrounded by familiar faces from all over the world and immediately realized how much I love the whole idea of having this community around me! I’ve loved these people as persons/groups and have a lot of friends in the Mika world but loving the thought of the massive community itself took me a while. With any online community you always get also things you didn’t ask. Complaining, negativity, arguments, online weirdos. It’s a lot to handle.
I’ve learnt to handle it. I don’t actually meet weirdos in real life. People are cool and amazing and meeting and learning to know them has made my life interesting and more colorful. If someone is complaining I just focus on the song playing in my head at the moment. If people argue, I add the volume for the music. Unpleasant things go always away.
So I stepped in the pub and got the warmest feeling while watching the familiar faces! I run to give hugs to the German girls who have recently given me the official adopted German status. This is the first time I kind of belong to any group so I’m thrilled and shyly whispered “from Germany” when people me asked where I’m from. I can understand some German but the German group speaks always English when I’m around which is incredibly polite and sweet.
I continued saying hello to my dear French and Italian friends and thought it’s lovely they want to come to meetings and be a part of the bigger community even they have also their own, smaller communities. I’m not a part of their local groups – I can’t speak their language – but we have shared many amazing gigs together and they have always helped me in every possible way and often include me in their plans. The pub was crowded and noisy but I tried to say quick hello to as many as I could while having a pretty, apricot color drink (that was an Italian thing).
It was impossible to have a chat with everyone and I’m sorry I missed so many people. I saw some UK fans I haven’t seen for a long time, had a little chat with Lara and Bodil and her family from Sweden and managed to quickly introduce my family to Deb who was busy hosting the party. Then waved to the Belgian and Dutch fans and had a group picture with the lovely Korean girls I met in Paris (knew Lasher of course in advance). I was wearing my favorite butterfly scarf I got as a birthday present from Eriko in Japan, got many compliments about it and thought of her several times during the night.
Then it was time to leave to the theater, get our tickets from the box office and have the usual See Ticket problems. This time I didn’t care about the problems because this was a seated gig and I could just walk to my front row seat my husband managed to buy me during the pre-sales (sent him loving thoughts to the upper part of the theater when I saw my seat). Such rare luxury to walk front row without queueing!
The theater was small and intimate. I had no idea it’s that small and was happy to see that my family at the Dress Circle had also a good view. The Citizens opened and this was the last possibility to see them before the tour was over. Their performance was great as always and was super sweet from them to mention Mika fans during it. Then it was time for Mika and everything was absolutely perfect. Definitely one of the most special shows I’ve ever experienced!
Well his voice was tired of course. The tour schedule was too hard. We all knew it from the beginning but for financial reasons they probably couldn’t do it any other way. The schedule left him no time to rest his voice or to take care of his health. I hold my breath during No Place In Heaven – could mostly hear only Max – but then everything was fine and the show went really well and I thought it was unbelievable he could do such an amazing concert in the end of the tour.
He looked so beautiful. I was totally fangurling during the whole the performance and as always adored the little swimming movements he does during many songs. He was wearing his firework Valentino with the stunning shiny details and I noticed the outfit looked already a bit messy after dancing and jumping. Only Mika can make his gorgeous Valentino suit look messy that quickly! I loved him even more for that. I like messy. Tidy, polished looks are more suitable for symphony concerts.
I also thought he looks like a proper adult. So much older than in his early days and it means I’ve already been there long enough to see him aging. What an amazing thought! I love seeing people aging and men get older so beautifully. I felt more love for that too. He is a lucky man. He can look messy and older and people still love him even more than they earlier did. I had assumed he is nervous but couldn’t see many signs of that.
Every song was somehow special with new arrangements, tones and details. I sometimes watch big, important events like shows in Paris or Milan from an outsider’s point of view. I feel enjoyment but also commitment and responsibility to see events that are important for Mika’s career. Smaller ones like this one at Adelphi are pure selfish pleasure. They make me so happy the world around the venue could collapse and I wouldn’t notice. Maybe it did, I can’t tell. I enjoyed every moment so much I can’t express it.
I was prepared he might not do any French songs in London but he did Boum Boum Boum with the intro and it was exactly how I love it, funny but still focused on the song. Good Guys was incredibly lovely and sweet. The song wasn’t originally one of my favorites but this more gentle version definitely is. OMS was breathtaking, I love it every time, it’s such a beautiful classic! Promiseland was fantastic – a proper highlight – and got the fab response it deserves. Finally heard the dance version of Hurts, so happy to hear it live. Happy Ending with a cappella ending made me a bit nervous but was absolutely stunning and Last Party was once again my biggest personal favorite.
Little Tristan was awesome especially in Love Today and even Curtis left his responsibilities for a moment to have fun during the guitar part. Max was moving around the stage in his unique way as much as the space allowed and Joy is present even behind her instruments (she has really grown and found her place in the band hasn’t she) so the little drumming session in the beginning of Lollipop with the whole band gathered around the piano was like planned to introduce Lewis who looks always so modest.
The whole event was absolutely precious. I was aware I look stupid smiling through the whole gig but my friends around me looked equally happy so I didn’t let it bother. There was so much love in that little theater, I’m sure Mika could feel it in the air. I took some pics but none of them can properly describe the atmosphere so I just leave them out. Thanks everyone who made the night so special. Postponing the end of the tour sadness with a trip to Como later this week. xx
I was cleaning my years old laptop for my son and found these blurry, random photos taken at my very first Mika gig at Brixton Academy, London almost 7 years ago. The photos are not good quality and have value probably only to myself but I couldn’t resist uploading them as a concert memory.
I really can’t remember many details from this concert. The meaning and value for the memory comes partly from so many incredible and beautiful things happened after this first concert experience. However, I will never forget how amazed I was by the energy and by his voice at a live situation, how joyful everything was with flowers, candles, balloons and confetti and how happy I was finally see/hear the Love Today intro (my favor part of the concert). I knew immediately I would be back.
Remember the Swatch net hunting a few weeks ago? We tried really hard to win the competition with our team and eventually got the second prize. Not bad at all and having so much fun with our team was definitely worth the effort. Turned out the winner team had to reschedule the trip they won so Swatch generously asked our team if we would like to come to the London Swatch event instead of the winners. We were thrilled and naturally wanted to go! Meeting each other and having a little meeting with Mika at the Swatch store (this time without the usual queueing) sounded luxurious enough and we didn’t have any other expectations.
However, Swatch had beautifully organized us a lovely detailed schedule for the event day and treated us like special very important customers and we had an absolutely amazing day with their club member/marketing team members from Switzerland and London! I really appreciated how everything was handled. Maybe a bit old-fashioned but I like it that companies pay attention to details and atmosphere and not only to the final product and this way our team didn’t get only a trip and watches but also something to remember for years to come. I saw they take a special care of their own long-time customers but as the whole trip was like a bonus to us (and Swatch didn’t have any official obligation to organize us anything extra) it felt a nice and respectful gesture they took such a good care of Mika fans as well.
We did a sight seeing tour after breakfast and Swatch had booked us not only a car and a driver but also a personal guide and a professional photographer to take a few photos for us as a memory (I haven’t seen the photos yet but hope to get them later as I didn’t take much photos myself for that reason). We went to see a market place and spent some time at Tate Modern watching the Paul Klee expedition. Everything was lovely and relaxed and our host Giusy had actually checked every restaurant and cafe we visited in advance to make sure they had suitable gluten-free options (and bought us pretty gluten-free cup cakes from Lola’s for a snack).
After the gallery visit and lunch we headed to the London Swatch store to be there surely on time for Mika’s signing session. The tiny store had everything ready for him. He came and started the session and we had a possibility to have our watches signed and have a couple of words and a group photo with him (as our Swatch team had promised) before he started the official signing for the people waiting outside the store.
Mika had generously decided to offer his fans a party after the signing (we got tickets with an address to a pub near the store) and we all looked forward to seeing our friends and maybe even Mika himself again as he had tweeted about his plans to pop in at the party. We had heard about the party in advance but I didn’t expect him to be there personally (well he saw everyone at the store just an hour before) so I thought that coming to the pub and saying hi to his fans was an incredibly sweet thing to do. He was probably in a hurry but also looked like he would love to have a beer so a bit shame people didn’t give him much space to have one. He did a little speech to his UK fans and said hi to a few nearest tables and left soon after that. I still didn’t have a feeling people were rude on purpose, they just didn’t seem to know how to behave in that situation and the people crowding around him were mostly people who saw him for the first time while most of the long time fans were sitting at tables and chatting. Also, as we were sitting in the middle table we were lucky to say quick good bye to him (probably won’t meet him for a long time).
Sometimes people don’t know what to do when meeting famous people. I have never met any huge celebrity but those somehow famous people I’ve met have always been like any of us. They just happen to be in publicity because of their work etc. They can be shy to meet new people (like any of us can be) and talking to them becomes easier when you meet them again (like it is with everyone). Mika is sweet and down-to-earth, someone you can imagine enjoying simple things in life (like playing with his dog) so he is easy to talk with. His natural politeness makes me always wish my English was better (so I could sound a bit more polite than I do) but I guess I nowadays worry about my language skills less than I used to.
I really enjoyed the party and meeting everyone (both familiar faces and some new people) and our whole team and everyone I talked to seemed to have a good time. I probably had a bit too much to drink (I think the saturation point goes at a glass of wine, after that my English goes only worse, lol!) but luckily our Swatch team came and offered us a late dinner in a very fancy restaurant and we had time to talk about the competition and meet some Swatch collectors (very much like Mika fans with their hobby). A huge thank you to my team mates Karin and Lara for the company during the trip, to the Swatch team for taking such good care of us and to Mika for being his lovely himself. A few pics from the pub below.