Gig reviews: Les Ardentes Summer Festival in Liége, Belgium
The new show is a success!! Look at Mika’s face after the show at Les Ardentes Summer Festival in Liége, Belgium. He did a fantastic, relaxed performance and the Belgian audience loved it. What a great night it was. I’ve seen the new stage setting four times, in Compiégne, in Liége, in Corsica and finally last Saturday in Nyon. I saw it really well and properly for the first time in Liége, so I wanted to describe it with a few words in this Liége gig review post.
A show can be created in two ways. The first way is to have a huge amount of small ideas and elements, gather them all together and combine them as one big colorful show. Mika did that with his previous tour. It’s a bit messy way, but not bad, just unstructured. I loved some of those show elements a lot, I still do and would do everything to see them again (the drumming scene and the space walking with the news flash just to mention a couple of the elements). It was fascinating to see how the show evolved and got better show after show. Loved the whole process.
Another way is to take one clear basic idea and to build the show around it adding smaller details all related to the main idea. This is what Mika has done with the new Marie Antoinette theme and it’s a very structured way to build a new show and makes him look organized and more mature. The audience can follow the show easily and it makes the show successful from the start, there’s a big difference. Seeing it in Liége made me very proud of him, really.
The new stage setting is very simple in a good way. There are a few big canvases with painting motives in them, hanging in two rows, and two big chandeliers. That’s it, and it works perfectly both at historical venues and at huge festivals. I’ve seen his awesome team building it up very, very quickly, and not sure if it’s really that easy but at least they make it look easy. It’s simple, but there are numerous small details in the painting pictures, and you can’t get bored with it during one tour. Two big chandeliers are my favorites, just because I love chandeliers. The stage in the picture below. And see, Mika has gathered a court around him!
On the Marie Antoinette style background he has added fantastic costumes by Mrs Penniman and some relevant theater elements: undressing Ida’s and iMMa’s huge skirts and showing their fabulous, colorful “underwear” under them, the horse mask scene with iMMa and playing Napoleon in his dark jacket. Finally, there are two new French songs and one very theatrical new English song and the setting is more than perfect to them all. The new show is very controlled, really enjoyed it.
The Liége show was well done without any technical problems. It’s always amazing to see a big festival audience who doesn’t necessarily know Mika’s music so well enjoying his show this much. And even I think he did especially BIOTW better in Corsica and Nyon I still enjoyed all his new songs in Liége. Watch Karen below: