Arena Riga in Riga, Latvia 2/8/2010 & Lauluvaljak in Tallinn, Estonia 3/8/2010

When the majority of the audience is sharing the first time experience the group effect is so fresh and strong it’s difficult to describe. That’s what happened in Riga, Latvia and Tallinn, Estonia in August 2010 during the Baltic Tour. I had already felt something like that in Helsinki, just in a smaller scale because the venue was a night club. I didn’t know what to expect from bigger Baltic city concerts. I learnt later that singing along is somewhere very deep in the Baltic culture. The way the Baltic audience was taking part of the shows was natural and effortless. People concentrated on the performance and enjoyed, many of them knew the lyrics and sang along. The atmosphere was simply fantastic.

I loved it. I let myself concentrate on the most important things, the voice and energy, just like everyone else did. I loved the atmosphere and watching Mika’s face when he realized he is doing some of his best concerts for a long time in cities like Riga and Tallinn. Who would have thought in advance. I didn’t, and I don’t think he took it for granted either. Estonian fans gave bottles of soap to people in the audience to make bubbles and when Happy Ending started the whole venue area was filled with bubbles. The Estonian night was not too dark and the bubbles looked absolutely beautiful. It was a magical moment. 

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