Gig reviews: Mika @Cirque Royal, Brussels 11/2012
Writing only a short review but click the links to the videos I uploaded to see the atmosphere at the gig last night. Cirque Royal in Brussels looked a great venue with a good view from everywhere so Marion, Yulia and I decided to go to the lower seating area and we had a lot of fun watching the show and the reactions in the audience. It was special to see the interaction with Mika and the audience so well. The stage looked bigger than at the previous gigs I saw last week and the background had space for some more symbols: A big M, a heart, an apple, a snake and some drugs (symbolizing love as a drug I guess).
The audience was a bit sleepy at first. The Belgian crowd is known to be enthusiastic and my expectations for the audience were high. This time people warmed up a bit slower but got wilder when the show went on and in the end everything was as crazy as I had imagined in advance. Mika started with his new French song Un Soleil Mal Luné and it was a beautiful start for the show, loved it. I didn’t realize he will start with it so it took me a while to understand what’s happening but it’s one of my favorite songs from the album and I was really happy to hear it live for the first time. Otherwise the setlist was similar as earlier. Stardust and UW were stunning but the audience woke up properly after hearing some high-energy songs like EMD and Love Today.
The highlight of the show was definitely red and white heart-shaped balloons waved by the audience (this was organized by some fans) and it looked fantastic during Drunk and Origin Of Love. Popular was relaxed and entertaining and it’s seriously becoming one of my favorite live songs even I didn’t like the album version as much as like the other songs. I took a few vids during the show, Origin, Drunk and Popular below. Mika wasn’t as chatty as he was in Copenhagen and he looked even a bit nervous at first but the more the crowd danced the more he seemed to enjoy the show and he had fun guiding some dance moves and looked almost touched because the heart sea looked so cool.
I met a lot of old friends last night, thank you everyone! And I met lovely Fran for the first time, finally, it deserves a special mention.