Gig reports: Mika @ Forest National, Brussels, Belgium
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).