Mika @ Banchina di San Domenico in Molfetta, Italy
Mika started his Italian tour in Molfetta near Bari where the venue was particularly unique and pretty. My trip from Helsinki took more than 12 hours with flights, delays and traffic so I loved discovering how special and beautiful the place was. My B&B was right next to the venue and sea so it was all the same area and even my room offered a stunning view. The venue was restricted by the sea from one side – fishing boats coming and going – and a big building with a fish market from the other side so the whole place smelled like fish and salty sea (typical for south Italian seaside towns) and I spent the morning taking photos of boats and fishermen and cats who could obviously smell the fish as well. The view was gorgeous during every time of the day sun rising or setting or simply shining making everything look pretty and silvery.
The gig was very local meaning only a handful of international fans (Solange from France and a few familiar Italians along me) and I enjoyed meeting so many new people especially as the locals I met at the venue were really friendly and nice and organized everything well and the day was really good and relaxed until the last moments when the usual complaining and pushing started. Suddenly and to our surprise the security came and stopped the nonsense and put everyone in their places in the queue using a few calm words and adding barriers. It seemed to be a favor to a father who’s daughter was in the line but made immediately us all happy and very satisfied so we tried to be extra polite and thanked the security several times.
We were let in front of the stage and after waiting for a while the girls from Xylaroo performed and I enjoyed listening their performance again and could hear everything very well. However, soon after Mika had started his show some technical problems appeared and during several songs I couldn’t hear his voice either properly or at all and one of the speakers seemed to be broken along some other issues. I didn’t mind so much because these things happen and I can always focus on catching new details and watching the band and taking photos but I automatically hold my breath a few times like I always do when something goes wrong and I expect Mika’s pose and face look tense and controlled and so not pleased even I know he will naturally continue the performance as well and smoothly as possible.
I really loved Beautiful Disaster live even the sound wasn’t the best and luckily during Last Party everything went well and for me that alone would have made the inconvenient trip worthwhile. During the song I totally shut out everything else except the singing like I always do so I felt the crowd stopped screaming and singing and kept quiet but not sure if that really happened or if I was simply totally focused on the song. I entertained myself spotting details from several songs and watching Tristan’s rock star posing and enjoyed seeing the giant balloons back and hoped people would let them move in the crowd instead of immediately returning them on stage.
I had looked forward to sharing this unusually special venue with Mika but to be honest I have no idea if he realized how cool it was. He arrived late and left immediately after the show and was probably (and according to his tweets) upset and distracted by the morning’s political result in the UK. The news made and make me worried as well but in Molfetta I was too isolated (with no connections to read news and no one interested in chatting in English) to handle the issue so I just briefly talked with my husband in the phone and simply postponed my anxious thoughts as an opposite to Mika who as a UK citizen and coming from Brussels must have felt being in the middle of the issue. After the show I met Ani and had a short conversation with her and got some new points of view (like what will be the main language the UK being out, I didn’t thought that before).
I enjoyed my lovely short visit in Molfetta, it was a pleasure to meet everyone as always. I’m writing this at the airport and had a moment of panic in the plane because the landing was awful and made me a bit scared. I closed my eyes and tried to focus on a Mika song to calm myself and every single song that came to mind (Beautiful Disaster, Relax “there’s nothing we can do”, Last Party, “love’s gonna get you down”) felt somehow wrong so note to myself, I need to think a suitable song for situations like that. Some quick photos around the venue above and from the gig below.