Mika @ Placa Condesa, Mexico City
I’m writing this gig report on my way home from Mexico after seeing the full NA tour and so pleased that I decided to include Mexico City in my travel plan. The last days of my trip didn’t go as I had thought in advance but seeing the last concert of the tour was so much fun and reminded me of why I do all this. I love seeing concerts in different countries and learning to know different cultures. Meeting new people, learning to know how they live, watching the audience and seeing how different it is compared to the concerts I see in Europe and especially watching Mika on stage and seeing how much he enjoys being able to perform all around the world and in front of different crowds.
I had looked forward to visiting Mexico City for years. I love reading books about Frida Kahlo and I couldn’t wait to see the house where she lived and also couldn’t wait to learn to know Diego Rivera’s art and see his murals in real life. Eventually, I used the Sunday afternoon and Monday morning to sort out the ticket issue. The whole system was something I had never seen before but luckily with Ana’s help it was all fine in the end. I had Monday to do what I wanted but every museum I wanted to visit was closed. It was still lovely to spend time with Ana who used her day off to help me with my tickets and we had Mexican soup for lunch and she brought me to the market place where I walked around (the same market place where Mika was interviewed just half an hour after I had left).
I could have visited museums on Tuesday but I rather focused on the gig and went to the venue in good time to be able to see the show well. Experiencing a gig in a new country for the first time was the reason why I travelled to Mexico City and doing that was on the top on my priority list and not being fully able to enjoy the gig would have been more disappointing than missing a few museums no matter how interesting I find them.
I really enjoyed experiencing the concert, the atmosphere was so different than anything I’ve seen in a long time! A local girl, also called Frida, who kindly helped me back to my hotel after the show told the gig was calmer than some band gigs she had seen but from my point of view and after seeing several relaxed concerts in NA the Mexico City one felt not just enthusiastic but even a bit crazy, using the word in a good and positive meaning. The audience was so exited, so loud. Mika couldn’t walk in the middle of the crowd the way he did in some other cities but he came close to the crowd and took a lot of contact with people, moving a lot around the stage so as many people as possible could see him well.
I have to mention that the queuing was one of the most organised I’ve ever seen and I’ve seen many. The security was strict – I had a tiny automatic camera but wasn’t allowed to bring it in – but also super nice to people and made sure that the people who came to the venue first could go in first, even one by one which is extremely rare. They asked numbered people to come inside of the closed entrance area long before opening the doors and we were a messy group and I’ve seen situations like that and they rarely end up well and I saw another entrance next to ours that was also prepared and it was difficult to believe the security wouldn’t open that as well and just let the crowd in as a mess like they so often do. That didn’t happen though.
People made several numbered queues and everyone respected the order. Only our entrance was opened and people were let in a peaceful way. I had to thank the security after the show and tell what a nice experience it was.
The calmness ended as soon as the audience was in. What looked enthusiastic and excited to Mika was squeezing to me and everyone else in the crowd. I used all my strength to keep my front row side place and was relieved to be at the barrier because being in the middle of the people would have been too much for me. Even though I used my muscles, and I’m good at doing that because I’ve had a lot of practice, I still moved from the side towards the center during the gig and obviously not complaining about that. People pushed their way to front, some other people like the guy who was next to me, slipped backwards because of the pressure in the crowd.
Being in the audience wasn’t just dancing and enjoying the music like it often is, the audience was pushing towards Mika, singing loudly, screaming and throwing toys, little sombreros, paper planes and whatever they wanted to give to him on stage. I didn’t mind all that at all. I had already seen the full tour and I enjoyed those lovely venues and new songs, now I just wanted to experience the atmosphere in a country I had never visited before. Just a few notes about how the show was.
During the first three songs the area between the stage and the audience was full of photographers, more than I saw in the US or Canada. Knowing that Mika did several interviews during his Mexico visit it looks his Mexican promo was going nicely and will hopefully result as another gig in the near future. In the beginning of the gig people were pushing and the photographers kept moving in front of the audience so it was difficult to focus on the music and I just did my best to keep my spot and took little video snippets using my mobile to have little souvenirs from the gig.
During Big Girl Mika was wearing the blue embroidered sombrero Ana had given to deliver to him before the show. He also came down and climbed near to the audience and picked an enthusiastic lady on stage to dance with him.
My favourite song was Blue and I loved it and also filmed it with my mobile which I don’t usually do. I don’t like putting a camera between us during the most important songs. I especially don’t like filming the ending part of Happy Ending, if Mika puts down his microphone it feels wrong to keep our cameras up and I want to be able to fully focus on the song. This time it was the last gig of the tour and I wanted to have Blue to listen to at home so I filmed. The audience took the song really well! It surprised me that almost overly excited crowd focused that way and also liked a song that is so different and difficult.
My another favourite was Happy Ending and it somehow reminded me and made me think of the Happy Endings I saw during the Imaginarium Tour 2010. This song is always a highlight and makes me feel grateful for being there. Because of his massive cold Happy Ending was hard for Mika to sing but the audience was understanding and encouraged him and also sang along loudly. No Tomorrow in Mexico City. I would have loved to hear it one more time but to be honest I probably couldn’t have focused on it the same way I did at the earlier gigs.
The high energy songs in the end were great and I really enjoyed them. Despite of his cold Mika’s performance had a huge amount of energy. The audience must have given it to him and as this was the last gig of the tour he probably didn’t feel need to save anything at all. After the show it took us a long time to get out of the venue and the moment we walk around the corner we saw a big crowd around barriers. It was hard to see from behind the people but no one was standing behind the security near the door so I went there and said thank you to one of them for making the entering so organised. At the same time Mika came out of the door and before he continued his way I had a possibility to say a quick thank you also to him. It made me very happy. This tour was very special and I loved every single show I saw, all of them so one of the kind in their own way.
In Mexico I kept waking up in the middle of the night thinking of the new songs, like my mind had worked with them during the sleep. Such a bizarre feeling. Mika left after saying hello to people and giving a lot of signatures and his camera crew (for French television?) filmed the Mexican crowd screaming. I said good bye to Ana and her husband and her parents and friends and everyone was so kind and friendly to me. I left to the hotel together with Frida and her mother and we talked about Mexican food and I realised I hadn’t eaten anything the whole day and suddenly felt hungry. It was too late to find real food but I went to the lobby bar and asked if they had anything I could eat and the waiter brought me a small glass of Mexican wine and guacamole with totopos (?) and I love avocado, it’s one of my favourite foods, and eating the meal felt the same as eating pistachio gelato after seeing the performance in Palermo last summer. A good ending for a good day, in this case a good ending for a good tour.
I’m happy to go home and I can’t wait to see my family but will later miss these gig moments a lot. A huge thank you everyone I met during the past two weeks. xxx