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  1. As some of you might be aware, there were some issues with the fan actions at Mika's recent Paris show. The promoter, Alias Production, contacted us just before the gig started to let us know they had heard about the proposed fan actions and they felt the large amount of paper involved would possibly create too much of a mess, causing the venue to charge an additional cleaning fee, which in turn would be passed on to Mika Fan Club -- whether MFC had organized the fan action or not. Security therefore confiscated a lot of the paper that fans were trying to bring in. Mika Fan Club does not have a budget, and I don't think any of us want to have to pay for cleaning up a concert venue! I know that many of you are in the midst of planning a variety of fan actions for Mika's upcoming shows, and that many of them involve "props" or items that could cause litter and other potential problems at the venues. So we have talked to the people at Alias, as they are the promoter at most of the upcoming French shows, asking what sort of guidelines they would like any large-scale fan actions to follow. Obviously these are recommendations from Alias, but they are probably good guidelines that any fan action, large or small, should follow. Fan Action Guidelines: Keep in mind that each venue has its own rules and regulations. Everyone and everything that enters the venue must respect security and safety guidelines, including fire safety regulations. The action should be organized by a serious and respectful group of people with a defined leader. Contact the promoter in advance and explain your idea and project with as much detail as possible. For big shows like Zeniths and Arenas shows, it’s best to reach out at least 4 weeks before the event. The earlier, the better. Having the request come from the legitimate fan club is usually the best option. The promoter will let you know if the project seems realistic and may ask you additional questions depending on your projects: for example, a full technical notice for anything with a lighting source, and paper must respect some fire safety concerns. You remain responsible for the project, financially and logistically. If the project requires some setting up before doors open, keep in mind that you will not usually be able to enter the venue early. If you are let in early, this is not an opportunity for a backstage tour or meeting Mika and the band! It would be strictly for the needs of the project. Some smaller fan actions may not require promoter approval if they don’t require any additional objects, items or logistics. However it’s best to check in beforehand just in case. Remember that even though the fan actions are fun and can really enhance the show experience, the priority remains the show itself. The promoters are happy to help with anything that comes from outside, as long as it does not disturb the setting up of the show and therefore the end result that everyone is waiting for. So, what does this all mean? Well, we ask that anyone organizing fan actions really think about what the side effects of the action will be. Will it create a huge mess of the venue that may require additional cleaning? Does it have the potential to create a fire hazard? Will it interfere with other fans' enjoyment of the show -- for example, will it block their view of their stage? Obviously, the MFC can't control what every single person does, but if you want MFC's help and want to say, "this is a Mika Fan Club approved fan action," then you will need to follow these guidelines. What I mean is, you can't say, "I'm with Mika Fan Club so I'm allowed to do this," because that's not automatically true. I realize that many of you have already made quite a few plans and that all of this may be upsetting, but because we act as Mika's "official" fan club, we want to make sure we have a good relationship with Alias and all the other promoters and venues that Mika works with. I appreciate your understanding, and am sure you will have questions so feel free to ask below or send me or one of the other moderators a private message. Thanks. THANKS TO THE MFC SUBTITLE TEAM we also have this information in Italian and French. ITALIAN Come alcuni di voi forse sanno, ci sono stati alcuni problemi con le azioni organizzate dai fan durante l’ultimo spettacolo di Mika a Parigi. Il produttore, Alias Production, ci ha contattato poco prima che il concerto iniziasse per farci sapere che avevano sentito parlare delle fan action proposte e che ritenevano che la grande quantità di carta utilizzata avrebbe creato troppi rifiuti, obbligando la sala a pagare un costo di pulizia supplementare, che sarebbe stato addebitato al Mika Fan Club, che fosse stato MFC ad organizzare le azioni oppure no. La sicurezza ha quindi confiscato gran parte dei fogli che i fan cercando di portare all’interno. Il Mika Fan Club non ha un budget e credo che nessuno di noi voglia pagare per la pulizia di una sala da concerto! So che molti di voi stanno pianificando una serie di azioni per i prossimi spettacoli di Mika, e che molte di queste implicano l’utilizzo di oggetti che potrebbero causare rifiuti e altri potenziali problemi alle sale. Abbiamo quindi parlato con le persone di Alias, in quanto sono i promotori della maggior parte dei prossimi spettacoli francesi, chiedendo che tipo di linee guida vorrebbero fossero seguite per fan action su larga scala. Ovviamente queste sono raccomandazioni di Alias, ma probabilmente sono buone linee guida che qualsiasi azione, grande o piccola, dovrebbe seguire. Linee guida: Considerate che ogni sede ha un proprio regolamento. Tutti e tutto ciò che entra deve rispettare le norme di sicurezza, comprese quelle sulla sicurezza antincendio. L'azione dovrebbe essere organizzata da un gruppo di persone serio e rispettoso con un leader definito. Contattate in anticipo il promotore e spiegate la vostra idea o il vostro progetto con quanti più dettagli possibile. Per grandi spettacoli come Zenith e arene, è bene contattarli almeno 4 settimane prima dell'evento. Prima è, meglio è. Di solito l’opzione migliore è quella di una richiesta proveniente dal fan club ufficiale. Il promotore vi farà sapere se il progetto sembra realistico e potrebbe fare domande aggiuntive a seconda del progetto: ad esempio, una scheda tecnica completa per qualsiasi oggetto abbia una fonte di illuminazione, e la carta deve soddisfare requisiti legati alle norme di prevenzione degli incendi. Rimarrete principali responsabili del progetto, finanziariamente e logisticamente. Se il progetto richiede di essere preparato sul posto prima dell’apertura delle porte, tenete presente che solitamente non sarà possibile accedere alla sala in anticipo. In caso ciò accada, questo non darà in alcun modo diritto ad un tour nei backstage o ad incontrare Mika e la sua band! Sarà strettamente legato alla realizzazione del progetto stesso. Alcune azioni più contenute potrebbero non richiedere l'approvazione del promotore se non necessitano oggetti o questioni logistiche aggiuntivi. Tuttavia, è sempre meglio verificare in anticipo, per essere sicuri. Ricordate che anche se le fan action sono divertenti e possono davvero migliorare l'esperienza dello spettacolo, la priorità rimane lo spettacolo stesso. I promotori sono felici di aiutare con tutto ciò che proviene dall'esterno, purché ciò non disturbi l’organizzazione dello spettacolo e quindi il risultato finale che tutti si aspettano. Quindi, cosa significa tutto questo? Bene, chiediamo a chiunque organizzi fan action di pensare concretamente agli effetti collaterali delle azioni stesse. Possono creare una grande quantità di spazzatura che richieda costi di pulizia aggiuntivi? Possono aumentare il rischio d’incendio? Creerà disturbo agli altri spettatori – per esempio, impedirà loro la vista del palco? Ovviamente, MFC non può controllare ciò che fa ogni singola persona, ma se volete l'aiuto di MFC e poter dire "questa è un'azione approvata dal Mika Fan Club", allora dovete seguire queste linee guida. Quello che voglio dire è che non potete dire "Sono con il Mika Fan Club, quindi mi è permesso farlo" perché non è automaticamente vero. Mi rendo conto che molti di voi hanno già pianificato alcune e che tutto ciò può essere sconvolgente, ma poiché agiamo come fan club "ufficiale" di Mika, vogliamo assicurarci di avere un buon rapporto con Alias e tutti gli altri promotori e luoghi con cui Mika lavora. Apprezzo la vostra comprensione e sono sicura che avrete delle domande, quindi sentitevi liberi di porle qui sotto di inviare a me o ad uno degli altri moderatori un messaggio privato. Grazie. FRENCH Comme certains d'entre vous savent peut-être, il y a eu des problèmes avec les « actions des fans » lors du récent spectacle de Mika à Paris. Le promoteur, Alias Production, nous a contacté juste avant le début du concert pour nous dire qu’ils étaient au courant des actions proposées par les fans et qu’ils estimaient que la grande quantité de papier utilisé pouvait créer trop de gâchis. Cela aurait obligé l’Arena à facturer des frais de nettoyage supplémentaires, qui à leur tour seraient transférés au Mika Fan Club - que le MFC ait organisé les actions ou pas. La sécurité a donc confisqué une grande partie des papiers que les fans essayaient d’introduire. Le Mika Fan Club n'a pas de budget et je pense qu'aucun d'entre nous ne veut payer pour nettoyer une salle de concert! Je sais que beaucoup d'entre vous sont en train d’organiser plusieurs actions pour les prochains spectacles de Mika, et que beaucoup d'entre eux impliquent des "accessoires" ou des objets qui pourraient causer problèmes potentiels dans les salles. Nous avons donc parlé aux gens d'Alias, car ils sont les promoteurs de la plupart des spectacles français à venir, pour leur demander quel type de directives ils aimeraient que les actions des fans à grande échelle suivent. Évidemment, ce sont des recommandations d'Alias, mais ce sont probablement des bonnes directives que toute action, grande ou petite, devrait suivre. Lignes directrices: Gardez à l'esprit que chaque site a ses propres règles et règlements. Tout le monde et tout ce qui entre sur le site doit respecter les directives de sécurité et de sûreté, y compris les règles de sécurité incendie. L'action doit être organisée par un groupe de personnes sérieux et respectueux avec un leader défini. Contactez le promoteur à l'avance et expliquez votre idée et votre projet avec autant de détails que possible. Pour les grands spectacles comme ceux dans Zeniths et Arenas, il est préférable de prendre contact au moins 4 semaines avant l'événement. Le plus tôt est le mieux. La meilleure option est généralement une demande provenant du fan club officiel. Le promoteur vous fera savoir si le projet semble réaliste et pourra vous poser des questions supplémentaires en fonction de vos projets: par exemple, un avis technique complet pour tout ce qui a une source d'éclairage, et tout papier doit respecter certaines règles liés au risque incendie. Vous restez responsable du projet, financièrement et logistiquement. Si le projet nécessite une mise en place avant l'ouverture des portes, gardez à l'esprit que vous ne pourrez généralement pas entrer à l’avance. Si vous êtes admis avant l’ouverture des portes, ceci ne vous donnera pas occasion de faire un tour dans les coulisses ou de rencontrer Mika et son groupe ! Ce serait strictement pour la réalisation du projet. Certaines actions plus contenues peuvent ne pas nécessiter l'approbation du promoteur si elles ne nécessitent pas d'objets ou de logistique supplémentaires. Cependant, il est préférable de s’informer à l'avance au cas où. N'oubliez pas que même si les actions des fans sont amusantes et peuvent vraiment améliorer l'expérience du spectacle, la priorité reste le spectacle lui-même. Les promoteurs sont heureux d'aider avec tout ce qui vient de l'extérieur, tant que cela ne perturbe pas la mise en place du spectacle et donc le résultat final que tout le monde attend. Alors, qu'est-ce que tout cela veut dire ? Eh bien, nous demandons à quiconque organise des actions de fans de réfléchir vraiment aux effets secondaires. Créeront-elles une grande quantité de gâchis qui pourrait nécessiter un nettoyage supplémentaire ? Peuvent-elles créer un potentiel risque en matière d’incendie ? Peuvent-elles gêner les autres spectateurs – par exemple bloqueront-elles leur vision de la scène ? Evidemment, le MFC ne peut pas contrôler ce que fait chaque personne, mais si vous voulez l'aide du MFC et que vous voulez dire, "cela est une action de fan approuvée par le Mika Fan Club", alors vous devrez suivre ces directives. Ce que je veux dire, c'est que vous ne pouvez pas dire "Je suis avec le Mika Fan Club, donc je suis autorisé à le faire" parce que ce n'est pas automatiquement vrai. Je me rends compte que beaucoup d'entre vous ont déjà fait pas mal de plans et que tout cela peut être bouleversant, mais parce que nous agissons en tant que fan club "officiel" de Mika, nous voulons nous assurer d'avoir de bonnes relations avec Alias et tous les autres les promoteurs et salles avec lesquels Mika travaille. J'apprécie votre compréhension et je suis sûre que vous aurez des questions, donc n'hésitez pas à les poser ci-dessous ou à envoyer un message privé à moi ou à l'un des autres modérateurs. Merci
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  2. UPDATE! 30 September 2021 I'm both sorry and surprised to have to say that the MFC Tour Boat has reached maximum capacity! We can not accept any additional passengers. I'm very sorry to those who will not be able to join us -- we'll see you at the concerts! ****************************************************** WHO: MIKA FAN CLUB WHAT: THE MFC TOUR BOAT! WHERE: PARIS WHEN: 24 OCTOBER 2021, 2PM OR LATER (EXACT TIME TBD) WHY: TO CELEBRATE MIKA'S RETURN TO THE STAGE! OK, I've had some conversations with various organizations about possibly renting a boat for our own private MFC Tour Boat cruise. BUT... I'm going to be honest with you all. Initially I was told some things that have turned out not to be true, so doing this will be a little more expensive than I thought it would be, and we may decide to do a traditional gathering at a restaurant or other location. I'm trying to be sensitive to the fact that you all will have lots of other expenses on this trip, and that we will also be collecting for flowers/gift for Mika, too. Here is where we are so far -- a basic 1-hour private cruise. IF we get 100 fans to participate, it will work out to be about 25€ per person. (If there are fewer than 100 we could still do it, but the per person price would be more.) That will be for 1 hour and will not include any food or drink. There will be food and drink available at the quay or on the boat for those who want to purchase it. The boat will be exclusively ours -- no other passengers on board. While we are on the boat, they will play Mika music for us, as we cruise along the Seine and see the sights. In the meantime, I'm having further discussions about what other options we may have as far as refreshments, and length of boat ride. So what I'd like to do now is to talk about it here. And also I'm attaching a poll to this topic. Please let me know if you would be willing to do the private tour boat as I outlined it above, so I have an idea of whether we can even get 100 fans to do this. I know we've had 100 at least when we've done our get-togethers in London, so I'm hopeful we can make this happen as well. Please reply to the poll as soon as you can, because if we're going to do this I need to book the boat ASAP! Thanks!
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  3. Oh, one other note... The boat we will be on is called "Paris Etoile". Paris Star. Which is Mika, right? Our Paris Star.
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  4. So a few little updates about the boat. Unfortunately, the person I need to talk to the most about our trip is on vacances this week, so finalizing the details will have to wait until Monday or Tuesday of next week. However, the people I spoke to this week are 99% sure that we can depart at 3pm (rather than 2pm). They are not sure about the food situation, so I'll keep you posted on that. On another note, because we have more than 100 fans coming now, I have more than the 2500€ needed for the boat. I will put that money toward flowers and/or a gift for Mika, and those who have already paid for the boat will not have to contribute anything extra. I'll start a thread in a bit where we can discuss the flowers/gift in more detail. And I just want to say -- 1 month from today we'll be SAILING THE SEINE on our MFC TOUR BOAT! If you haven't checked yet, here's the Instagram for Vedettes de Paris to give you a taste of what it will be like -- please, let our weather be this beautiful! https://www.instagram.com/vedettesdeparis/
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  5. Têtu interview in English Mika I wanted to love men freely Interview Romain Burrel Photos Jules Faure Stylist Nicolas Dureau We hadn't seen him in a long time. Mika takes advantage of his new album, My name is Michael Hoolbrook to speak freely about sex, show business and politics. And he speaks loudly. It's difficult to escape Mika. It's quite simple, the singer is everywhere. In a talent show on TF1, in commercials, in the evening news, in the subway. Omnipresent to the point of becoming invisible. Conscious of the fact that he might blend into the background, the singer understood he had to go back to music, setting all other matters aside. But twelve years after his first album and after six seasons of The Voice, does Mika still has things to say? Causes to defend? enough music in him? Yes to all three. His new album is also the best since Life in Cartoon Motion. This CD which is soberly called My name is Michael Holbrook (the real name of the British singer) as a promise of transparency. Because actually there are two Mikas. The one who doesn't know how to say no to a prime time TV show, obsessed by the idea of being a popular artist. And the one who wants to be a respected songwriter. During those last years, the face of pop music has changed, pushing to the front of the stage a whole generation of openly queer singers with sharp songs and versed into the socials. At the age of 36 the singer now feels on his neck the breath of Years and Years, Christine and the Queens or Troye Sivan. They all seem indifferent to the fact that when Mika came out to the American magazine Instinct in 2012, Mika and others as well of course, opened the way, rolling out the red carpet to a rainbow pop music and to the top of the charts. The singer has already ten years of career and he also took a few blows, but he is still ready to kick as he is proving in this wild interview in which he answered to questions with a rare and pleasant openess. Q: It's been a while since we hadn't talked about music together. If we wanted to see you, you were on TV in The Voice. Didn't you feel like singing anymore? A: My music requires great determination. I am not the kind of artist who can go and buy songs in one place or another. Even if it has become the truth in that business. Today records are made by boards with 14 accredited writers. And there is the record company in the USA, in France, in England...and all these people decide on what will be on the album. As for me, I write my songs. And I need to feel a full commitment. This feeling had shifted away from my daily life, it is true. For this record, I had to recover my colors, my spirit and a certain candor. I needed to step back. Q: Was TV too time consuming? A: TV shows are expensive to make, so they are made in a short span of time. I record a certain number of shows during a very intense period, and then they are aired over several weeks. I didn't realize that I was omnipresent. But I wanted to go back to the only thing that really gives me a sense of value: music. If I had let TV take over music, it would have changed me. I would have become more smooth. And it is something that terrifies me. Artists are like lovers. They have to be honest. I am extremely conscious of the very hard truth of my work. The only was to stay fresh is to stay involved, to evolve. I want to stay curious, but : On this album, we discover another Mika, almost activist. For exemple in Sanremo video, you disclose homophobia... A: The video depicts Italy at the end of the sixties, when being homosexual was not criminal, but where intolerance was very strong, with terrible consequences: you could lose your family, your job, you had to live a double life. You were exposed to hatred, to betrayal. I wanted to tell about that history which took place not so long ago and whose stigma still persist today. The week before the video was released, Sanremo mayor was saying everywhere how proud he was that I had dedicated a song to his city. Then the video was released. I don't know what he thought about it. ( He bursts into laughter) I don't like to make promotional videos but I figured as long as I'm doing one, it might as well tell something. What's the point of being stubborn if a 17 years old American girl can do an extremely efficient pop music video? I'm thinking about Billy Eilish - who I love. It's very pop, it's not a fake grunge produced by Dr Luke. The new generation is more genuine and less Kardashian Pop, today is Swedish people writing for Disney Club people. It can be seen as fabulous - and I'm the first who likes the melodies - but that kind of pop has nothing to say. Q: Can a popstar who gets involved make a difference? A: An individual can make the difference. Who cares if I'm a pop star? I have a certain voice, but it doesn't count more than another. It is the same when I talk openly about the couple I am in. I have been with the same guy for thirteen years. Through love, I found the trust to come out. First to my mother, who had always known it and who didn't give a care. To my sisters, for whom it was a lot more difficult to accept that I was gay. To my friends as well. And within an industry that was harassing me to do it for the sake of the media. My coming out made me stronger. It allows me to go and do concerts in countries that however are intolerant about my sexuality. Q:In a recent interview, you were telling about journalists who had put pressure on you for you to come out.... A: It was atrocious. I felt stalked. I feel chasing people to force them to come out is very old fashioned. Today the concept of fluidity is better understood and also the idea that things take time. That what you express through your sexual awakening also has a value. And it's not because at one point in hid career an artist is not ready yet to label himself sexually that what he lives is a lie. Following him to rip an intimate truth out off him, that is gross. All those people care about is the media impact and money, they couldn't care less about the human being. Q: Was life difficult for you at that time? A: I was mostly disappointed. I wanted to go on my journey to reach peace with myself. I wanted to be able to love men freely and express this desire I have always had in me. I understood I was gay as early as my eight year! When a gay media went and interviewed Jimmy Sommerville and Patrick Wolf so they would make comments about my sexuality, I felt a deep disillusion towards people that I admire however: "You craddled my teenage years. You have shaped my desire and inspired this balance that I'm seeking to reach each day of my life. And there, you judge me whereas you don't even know me?" I am not mad at them. It was the contest that I found despicable. I don't think they were spiteful. Except maybe Patrick Wolf. Today, if I am totally open about being gay, it doesn't mean I will try to give lessons to others. Q: In "Blue" you sing "blue is a feminine color". It is in order to piss off French right wing people who demonstrate against gay mariage and gay family? (La Manif pour tous) A: Totally! Things are not binary. I think formal labels of sexuality are old ideas. But that doesn't mean we must stop defending homosexuality and trans people. It's an exemple of the kind of political involment you can afford when you are a popular star. Q: On the record, there is also Ice Cream, a very erotic song in which you tell about your irrepressible desire to suck d****... A: Totally. But with a naive spirit. It's a wink to Lollipop in my first album. Back then, many people had not understood the lyrics: " Sucking too hard on your lollipop or love is gonna get you down" (laughs) It is a sexual song like "Les sucettes" by France Gall which I love. (Lollipops by Serge Gainsbourg) At a gig, the audience doesn't always know the meaning of the lyrics. And I must confess I find it fun. It's good to talk freely. Why would only straight people be allowed to talk about their wife or their husband? Why can't we talk about sex? As for me, the first time I slept with a boy, it was a disaster! Humiliating! I was 15 years old - I think - and I didn't understand anything. People should said more often that gay sex is not easy. Now it makes me laugh, but it wasn't always the case! It should be possible to talk about it. Q: There is a song called Dear Jealousy. Is it in your nature to be jealous? A: I am insanely jealous. Even paranoïd. You know I live a rich life, but life is always s*** with me. I am always between two planes and three countries. I always have something to say, always a story to steal into my relatives intimate life tp put it into my songs. It creates a stress. It's really not easy to live with someone like me. That's why I am extremely grateful to Andy (his partner) There isn't a "dark" Mika. But there is Mika the fighter. I want to defend my point of view. I get infuriated on my own. I never yield, never. It's exhausting. Q: Is it easy to be faithful? When you are a pop star it's hell to be chased all the time by girls and boys, isn't it? A: With Andy, we trust each other. Our relationship was born in atypical circumstances. Just before I met him, I was in a very short but very intense relationship with a guy from Northern Ireland. A character of Trainspotting. Very handsome. We were breaking up all the time. I was crazy about him, but he was not at all crazy about me. (Laughs) It is very cruel to live with a guy who has very high highs and very low lows, who takes drugs and so on...It was very hard on me. One night he went totally mad and he threw me out at 4 AM. I was in my boxers in the area of Shepherd Bush in London and he threw my belongings through the window. I was in such a state of shock that I vomited. I had imagined such a movie about the two of us in my head. The next day, I order a beer in a little pub and Andy was there. We start talking. We get on well. He lived outside of London so I offered him to get him to Victoria station in a taxi. When we were about to say good bye, he says to me: -"I want to stay with you."-"Do you mean tonight?" - "No for life." I wasn't interested at all. As for him, he was totally convinced. Andy believed in our story for the two of us. Q: Where you going out in gay London at night? A: Of course. As soon as I turned 14, I hang around at night in the gay area. At Earl's Court, I went to school. And in Soho, there were the gay bars, the prostitutes, people who told me how to manage the night. There was this wonderful nightclub, l'Astoria. All the balloons and the confettis at my gigs are inspired by the end of the evenings in Astoria. I knew the guys at the door and I never paid. From time to time they waited to get their reward and I had to escape before giving it to them! This shaped my teenage years. In the day I sang Schubert, Brahms at Westminster School, at night I went out. My first songs were born from this: Love Today, Grace Kelly. Q: Do you have friends among openly gay stars? A: Not really. I find we deeply lack a sense of community. At any rate one thing is sure I don't belong to EltonJohn gang... (He stays silent for a while and smiles mischeavously) But, thanks to instagram, artists start talking together. Since several weeks we talk everyday Sam Smith and I. However we never met physically. The only one I listen to is Ian McKellen. He has helped me a lot. I call him "my London grandma." (Laughs) I often phone him to ask for his advice. At the beginning of my career, he told me: "One day you will realize that your sexual preferences are not only relegated to your bedroom, they are a background for inspiration that will open many friendships. Not only to gay or bi friends, but also heterosexual friends who love life." He was right. One day I called him to tell him I had been given the medal of chevalier des arts et des lettres. He told me: "oh my dear, don't be so vulgar! Listen, I have all the medals. You have to wear them with pride, but inside your jacket. Q: Not long ago you were invited at the Elysée. Do you have time to give to messages to politicians when you meet them? A: I try. But when you talk with a man like Emmanuel Macron, you're talking to a professional politician.This is not the kind of meeting that will win a positive decision. Yet you have to do it all the same. The experience that marked me the most in my adult life is when I went to visit a shelter for young LGBT+ refugees in Beirut. They came from Irak, Afghanistan, Lebanon, Syria. While listening to their stories I understood their sufferings. In the world, there are more than 70 countries where men homosexuality is illegal, punished by death, corporal punishments or total discrimination. If it is found out that you are gay, you can lose everything in a day. And it is a reality in countries that sometimes have strong links with France, like Algeria, Marocco or Lebanon too. This last one is important for me, because this is where I have my roots. I am uprooted, but I know my privileges. Q: Should France do more for LGBT+ migrants? A: I think we forget the humanity of those people. We have to tell their stories. So that refugees don't become statistics. Because today, we have so much information about people who died in trucks, about people locked in cages and so on...Can we tell the truth about Kadhafi? That he got money from many developped countries to secure the fronteers and prevent refugees from coming to Europe? Those I met in Beirut had all ages - there was a gay man who was 65 and a young trans girl who was 15. All of them were rejected by their families, chased by extremists, betrayed by their friends, their country - but also by the country in which they seeked asylum - thrown into the street by landlords who didn't want "freaks." So where do they go those people? They are perfect to be used by prostitution or smugglers rings. They have no money, no support, no political protection...They don't exist. We have to tell their stories to give them back their humanity. @Kumazzz .
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  6. Yes, it seems that if you join the "Friends of the Philharmonic" for 250 Euros (which covers two people), you can buy your tickets for Mika's concerts in October starting today. So that's 250 Euros PLUS the 80 Euros or so for each ticket each night. If you're impatient and afraid of not getting tickets in the regular sale, then this is an option for you -- if you have the extra money!
    27 points
  7. These are the lyrics as I hear them, after about a thousand listens! [ brackets ] around what I'm not positive about. When I hear that sound I know what's coming around 39 degrees Too hot for the breeze [bees?] Grass is turning yellow Streets are slow and mellow Faucet keeps on drippin' And the clock it keeps on tickin' Swimming pool is laughing with its shiny brand new teeth Laughing at my body as it's sweltering with heat Smell of colored plastic Baking in the sun Sweet just like frustration My senses [sex is?] on the run I want your ice cream (I want it) lying in the sun I want your ice cream (I want it) melting on my tongue I want your ice cream (I want it) Whatcha waitin' for I want it Ice cream every bite All I want is more [Still working on the second verse where they're coming down the runway but the sound is so fuzzy...] [something] car [something] far Lose the space to stand in Temperature's so hot Everywhere I'm so heavy [something] [something] Til then I've ever been Swimming pool is laughing with its shiny brand new teeth Laughing at my body as its sweltering with heat Smell of colored plastic Baking in the sun Sweet just like frustration My senses (sex is?) on the run I want your ice cream (I want it) lying in the sun I want your ice cream (I want it) melting on my tongue I want your ice cream (I want it) Whatcha waitin' for I want it Ice cream every bite All I want is more And yes, it's a very Prince meets George Michael vibe, that's the first thing I said as soon as I heard it! It is SO DAMN GOOD!
    27 points
  8. Hi all! Wanted you all to know that we are looking at ways to improve the Mika Fan Club website -- we're 13 years old and we need a makeover! Well, maybe not a HUGE makeover, but we think there are lots of little things we can do to make things better around here. In addition, Invision, which hosts MFC and is the software that the site uses, will be releasing a new version with a number of improvements soon. So you might be noticing some changes to some things -- nothing major, don't worry! For one thing, we've made some tweaks to our home page here: https://www.mikafanclub.com/index.html/ We have a News Blog there now, which we'll try to keep updated with the latest big news of the day. And we'll also try to add more photos there as well. Also, we've given the MFC Subtitling Team's videos a little more visibility by adding a special tab along the top of the main menu you see across the top of every page in the dark gray bar. That link will take you directly to the Subtitling Team's thread and all of their fantastic translated and subtitled videos, making it easier for you to find them. Stasera Casa Mika, the latest Mika interviews and television appearances, all just one click away! We have a few other changes in mind that we'll be implementing in the next few months, and we're also open to any ideas/suggestions you might have. (Yes, we know, you want an app -- we're looking into it!) Let us know what you think!
    26 points
  9. OK... Time to start talking $$$ or in this case €€€ ! Since it looks like we will have at least 100 people I need to collect 25€ per person from those of you who will be joining us on the MFC Tour Boat! This amount is for the 1-hour private boat ride only. Food and drink will be available to purchase on board, or on the quay cafe before and after departure. I will post a menu of what will be available later today in this thread. Please PAYPAL your payment as soon as possible to the Mika Fan Club account at mfcregister@gmail.com Send your payment in EUROS, please, so there's no conversion fee. Also be please sure to state that you are sending the money to a friend rather than making a payment, so that there are no fees charged. If the cruise is cancelled due to issues relating to COVID (please NO!!!) there will be a refund. Note that if we get more money than we need for the boat, it will be put toward a gift or flowers for Mika. If we get A LOT more money than we need, I will be keeping a spreadsheet of everyone participating so that we can talk about rebates. If you do not have Paypal, please try to find a friend who does who can send a Paypal for you -- it really is the simplest option. Otherwise, please contact me privately and we'll see what we can work out. If you have any other questions, or if there's something I've overlooked, please post here. THANK YOU SO MUCH! PS Special thanks to @Cerise for the MFC in Paris logo!
    25 points
  10. We’re getting lots of questions about this show, so I thought I’d take a minute to clarify a few things. This is everything that I know so far. Please read on!👇 1️. The livestream will take place on 19th September and will be broadcast via YouTube. 2️. Mika will stream the show from his garden in Italy. In addition to music the show will feature footage from Lebanon, as well as the stories of people affected by the situation there. 3️. Tickets for the livestream will be available starting Monday 24th August via Ticketmaster. (Link: https://shops.ticketmasterpartners.com/mika-livestream) They will go on sale at 10am Central Europe Time/9am UK time. Virtual tickets will be sold for several different time zones. You will buy a ticket for your time zone then will receive a link for the stream shortly before your designated viewing time on 19 September (20 September in Australia/East Asian time zones). Each time zone *should* have plenty of tickets available but be sure to buy yours soon! 4️. All proceeds from the “I Love Beirut” livestream will be divided between two charities: Red Cross Lebanon and Save the Children Lebanon. 5️. If you would like to make an additional donation to Mika’s fundraising efforts for these charities you can do that on his special GoFundMe page. www.gofundme.com/f/ilovebeirut To be clear: tickets are ONLY available through the Ticketmaster link starting Monday, 24th August. While the money collected for the tickets will be donated to the charities Mika is supporting, the GoFundMe page is for any additional contributions you might wish to make. A few other things -- we don't know yet if the show will be live for all time zones -- that would mean that Mika would have to do the show three separate times. It's probably more likely that it will be live for the first stream, and that it will be re-broadcast for the other time zones later. But we don't know for sure! We also aren't sure whether you'll be able to buy tickets for multiple time zones. You *should* be able to, but again, we're waiting for an answer on that. Lots of you have asked about whether there's a limit on tickets. No limit has been announced, and we assume that tickets will not "sell out." However, be sure to get your tickets as soon as you can, just in case YouTube puts some sort of restriction on the number of viewers. (I doubt that would happen, but...) If you have any other questions please ask! Your enthusiastic response to this initiative has been heartwarming!
    25 points
  11. Electric energy in Brooklyn tonight! Mika is so comfortable in his skin and in his songs, and he shared that with us tonight. Some thoughts in no particular order: In the intro, there is a recording of Mika talking all about love: how love created the universe, and lit up the sun, and how the sun created all of us with its yellow light. During this recording the band is all on stage waiting, and you don't see Mika at all, and then he just runs on all at once! Red! Suit! Frilly! Shirt! CURLS!!! And Velcro Shoes???? Dear Jealousy was the second song he played (I think) -- beforehand, he talked for a bit about he hasn't been on tour in four years, and he is starting something new. To start something new, you have to start with new music, and this song was acknowledging something new...basically, how he is a "jealous bastard." 😂 Crowd reaction was great, it felt like everyone around me was either familiar with the song or caught on really quickly. The venue itself had great sound, high ceilings, and a very wide stage that meant a lot of people could get close. Mika did a good job of walking back and forth and giving energy to every corner of the room. Mika was really hamming it up, saying "this song is for my aunties..." he named all of the aunties, some of whom were here tonight, and his mother. Then he said "you'll see why I'll be getting 56 slaps in the face when you find out what song this is" -- then launched into Big Girl. The gig was also RECORDED, which was at first apparent because of the team with the huge camera who walked around filming for most of the concert. Mika also mentioned the name of an accomplished sound engineer who reached out to him about turning a show on this tour into a live album. Mika was saying he's never dropped a live album before! So this was the show that's going to be mixed into an album. When we were leaving the venue, they opened up the side door and you could see into what looked like all the sound engineers mixing right there. Setlist was almost the same as last night, with the omission of Sanremo Lots of LICM songs tonight, followed by TOOL. Plus all the new stuff! Funny, because I think those were the two albums he toured most on in the U.S. so it makes sense to stick within those tracklists. Sofia (not sure of MFC handle) gave Mika a cool jacket (I have photos below) with embroidery and patches that were relevant to the tour. He put it on and it fit perfectly! The renditions of the older songs are some of the best I've seen. Lollipop and Love Today really stand out. Lollipop, they start with a bit of a dueling pianos soundfest that resolves into what the crowd eventually recognizes as Lollipop. He had a spiel beforehand about how his mom told him to avoid the girl next door, but she didn't need to worry about the girl next door...it was the boy next door! Love Today he had the balcony and the floor wave at each other, then told us all to close our eyes and dance our hearts out because no one cares how you look. Encore was GK and a Tiny Love reprise that ended with Mika riffing off the theme of getting and staying high on a tiny love. He said "stay high!" as the last message before he went off stage. The new tracks were great, though the sound made Blue a little difficult to understand. Technically it is a very challenging song, and Mika sings most of it solo with very basic accompaniment. Very cool to see it live, and I'm looking foward to hearing it a couple more times. TOMORROW is a CLASSIC already, the chorus is so catchy and cleverly timed -- it's just doing what Mika does best: clever lyrics, interesting melody, timing that's a little different. He gave us the intro, that this song is about being "15 cm" away from someone in the back of an old Mercedes Benz and making a mistake that you may or may not regret. Pink is the color of sin. Especially when you grow up as a Catholic boy -- because pink is also the color of passion. He used this intro to talk about Origin of Love. This kind of comment is touching to see as a fan who has followed him for so long. He's so much more comfortable in his own skin and sexuality, and open in expressing that. One of the great joys of following Mika over the years is seeing him grow and process this part of his identity through music, and being able to process alongside him. He's come a long way. Show ended around 10:30pm, Mika came out around 11:30pm to sign. There was a big crowd and he must have spent about 20 minutes talking, taking photos, and autographing with everyone. He really made his way around the crowd and took time to talk to those who were at the front. Several times during the concert, he had mentioned how he hasn't been here in four years. So it seems he's making the time to get to know his fans over here. We are lucky! Some photos:
    25 points
  12. Oh yes! I mean, it's usually this way whenever there's a seated gig, but this one is worse since we're all so starved for a LIVE Mika gig! Good luck to all tomorrow... and hopefully after that sale is done I will FINALLY get some info on an MFC presale!
    24 points
  13. Mika will be interviewed at "Il Tempo Delle Donne" Teatro Dell'Arte during La Triennale di Milano the 8th of September 2017 at 11h00. Free Entry http://iltempodelledonne.corriere.it/2017/programma/
    24 points
  14. Here we are -- it's really nearly here! I arrive in Paris in a little more than 24 hours! So I thought I'd better consolidate all the relevant information for this weekend in one place for everyone. REMEMBER: You will need Identification, as well as a mask and a Health Pass (pass sanitaire) for all of these events. 22 Oct FRIDAY/VENERDI/VENDREDI WHAT: The Voice WHEN: They say the show will start precisely at 18h30 (6:30pm) and will go as long as 00h30! WHERE: Studio Lendit, 16 rue Andre CAMPRA – 93210 La Plaine St Denis. 23 Oct SATURDAY/SABATO/SAMEDI WHAT: The pre-show party WHERE: Belushi's Paris Canal, 159 Rue de Crimée, 75019 Paris https://www.belushis.com/bars/paris/canal WHEN: 16.00 to 19.00 (4 to 7pm) We have a private lounge at this venue. For the 100 fans who paid 13€ in advance, you will receive two drink coupons upon entering (soft drink/pint of beer/glass of wine/house spirit + soft drink). Food to be ordered and paid on the day as you wish. If you did not pay in advance, you should still be able to join us, but you will have to purchase your food and drink on your own. ---------------- WHAT: MIKA IN CONCERT! WHEN: 20.30 (8:30pm) WHERE: Philharmonie de Paris, 221 avenue Jean-Jaurès, 75019 Paris HOW TO GET THERE: Porte de Pantin station M5 Paris Underground (Métro) Line 5 Tram 3B Note: The flowers for Mika and Simon Leclerc will be delivered to the venue after 4pm. I hope to have photos of the bouquets before they are delivered. 24 Oct SUNDAY/DOMENICA/DIMANCHE WHAT: MFC TOUR BOAT on the Seine! WHEN: 14.30 for check-in/boarding; 15.00 - 16.00 for cruise PLEASE BE SURE TO ARRIVE EARLY SO WE CAN HAVE A SPEEDY AND EASY CHECK-IN! WHERE: Vedettes de Paris, Port de Suffren https://www.vedettesdeparis.fr/ HOW TO GET THERE: Pedestrian access by Pont d’Iéna, left bank or by Bir-Hakeim bridge. Metro Line 9: Trocadero Station Metro Line 6: Bir-Hakeim Station RER line C : Champ de Mars Bus Lines 42, 69, 82, 86 : Champ de Mars stop Bus Lines 22, 30, 32, 63 : Trocadero stop There is parking available, if you are driving, subject to availability. Vehicle access via Pont de Bir-Hakeim, left bank. As part of the Mika Fan Club private cruise, you should receive free parking. Check the website for further directions on how to get to the port. TEL: +33 (0)1 44 18 19 50 Note that this is a round-trip, so we will return to Port de Suffren at the conclusion of the tour. --------------- WHAT: MIKA IN CONCERT! WHEN: 20.30 (8:30pm) WHERE: Philharmonie de Paris, 221 avenue Jean-Jaurès, 75019 Paris HOW TO GET THERE: Porte de Pantin station M5 Paris Underground (Métro) Line 5 Tram 3B I'll be posting on Instagram and Twitter, so keep checking your social media for any updates. If you need to reach me, the best way is by private message on Instagram, via the Mika Fan Club account. I'll be checking here, as will @mellody Any other questions? Anything I've forgotten? Ask away! And I'll see you real soon!
    23 points
  15. The pandemic is one issue, but Mika's schedule is another, and one we may not be able to get around. Paris is always so busy for him, so many people demanding his time and attention. We'll ask about an MFC Meet & Greet, but as @mellody already noted, they are always arranged at the very last-minute. The one at the Montreal symphonic concerts happened like this: Me to Mika's Team in the weeks leading up to the concerts: There will be a hundred MFCers from all over the world, do you think we might get a short meet & greet? Mika's Team: We'll see. Concert Week: Day 1: Nothing Day 2: Nothing Day 3: As I'm eating dinner about an hour before the concert, my phone rings. "OK, we can do it." I spent the next hour scrambling, trying to contact everyone to let them know where and when the meet would happen. We assembled after the magnificent last concert and had a lovely what? 15 or 20 minutes with Mika. And that was it. That's why it's important to add your name to the RSVP list if you're going, so I know who to look for if something like this does happen. There's never any guarantees, but we live in hope!
    23 points
  16. Well, obviously, I feel like we ought to do something but I'm not sure what or when. I want to be respectful and give the family space. I'll ask around and will post when we figure out what we ought to do.
    23 points
  17. Not that there are any yet, but it's good to be prepared
    23 points
  18. Mika quote of the evening, before he got in the car: "see you soon with new music!" - and he looked really happy and excited. I asked him about the tour for next year, but he can't say anything yet - just that it's "a lot". I guess the Voice recording was nice too, though I have no comparison to others - I did enjoy myself, and others who are there more often said it was a really good one. But let's face it, I didn't travel to Paris for that, but to see Mika, and that was worth it. He even dug out a few German words for me. Fangurl mode, lol. ... I'm off to bed now, early train tomorrow.
    23 points
  19. UPDATE 9 October 2021: We have reached 100 fans for this party! We are not accepting any additional payments at this time. Please check back at the end of the thread for the most recent news -- we might be able to add more people, but we're not sure just yet! Thanks! ---------------------------------------------------------------------------------------- Hello MFCers! Mika's shows at the Philharmonie are fast approaching! As you know, an MFC boat ride has already been planned for Sunday 24th afternoon. But the enthusiasm has been huge and we have thought about gathering also on the Saturday before the gig, to get together for a drink or two MFC has found a bar not too far from the venue where we could have a little party : On Saturday 23 October From 4 to 7pm At the Belushi's Bar : Belushi's Paris Canal, 159 Rue de Crimée, 75019 Paris https://www.belushis.com/bars/paris/canal A private lounge for 100 Mika fans 2 drinks per person amongst the following : soft drink/pint of beer/glass of wine/house spirit + soft drink Food to be ordered and paid on the day as you wish Price : 13€ per person A sanitary pass will be required at the entrance If you or any of your friends would like to take part, please let us know here or DM me and send payments via Paypal at mfcregister@gmail.com First come first served! Hope to see you there! ------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------------ Salut tout le monde! Les concerts de Mika à la Philharmonie approchent à grands pas! Comme vous le savez, une balade en bateau a été organisée par le MFC pour le dimanche 24 après-midi. Mais vu l'énorme engouement, nous avons décidé d'organiser également une rencontre le samedi avant le concert, pour se retrouver autour d'un verre ou deux Le MFC a trouvé un bar pas très loin de la salle où nous pourrions faire notre petite fête: le samedi 23 octobre De 16h à 19h Au bar Belushi's : Belushi's Paris Canal, 159 Rue de Crimée, 75019 Paris https://www.belushis.com/bars/paris/canal Lounge privé pour 100 fans 2 boissons par personne au choix parmi : soft/pinte de bière/verre de vin/mélange alcool + soft De la nourriture peut être commandée et payée sur place Prix : 13€ par personne Le pass sanitaire vous sera demandé à l'entrée Si vous ou vos amis souhaitez participer, dites le nous ici même ou en message privé et envoyez vos paiements par Paypal à mfcregister@gmail.com Premier arrivé premier servi! J'espère à bientôt! ************************************************************************************************************************************************ PAYMENTS RECEIVED MFC Name How Many Adprice 1 AGG 1 An'Art 2 Anilado 1 BEATRICE MARESCOTTI 1 Beatrixxx_always 1 BineHH 1 camille* 3 CarlottaP 2 carolinechedo 1 catalana 2 Catamiow 5 ch4ch427 1 Chiara83 1 chrisblue 1 Chrissie 1 cluppel nathalie 1 Cossette Vilches 1 dcdeb 1 dotoli 3 Elly1974 1 Emily2b 2 Esty Bassa 1 France7885 1 gio_anna 5 giraffeandy 1 Graciosa 1 happymika by celine 2 Hero 1 holdingyourdrink 2 Ingrid 1 ISAJF414 1 krysady 1 Laetitia 1 lamourfaitcequeilveut 1 lunari 1 Maaikie… 1 manu 1 MaraB 3 MayaBelgium 1 mellody 1 Michelle Blondet 1 mikagold 2 mine 2 NaoMika 1 Narimene 4 Pascale 1 Patrycja 1 Prisca 1 RAK1 1 SABI77 1 Sabine64 2 Salserina 3 Sarahv 2 Serendipity 1 Sivan 1 Sofia.Carli 2 Solene.Giroux 1 Sweetieval 2 Sylvia solange 2 tiibet 3 Tina78 1 vanessa-love-mika 1 waryblanket 1 wiki M 1 yarnaud 1 Total = 100 as of 9 October 1pm ET
    22 points
  20. Hello, everyone! Just a quick report from Cloud Nine -- that's where I am on this morning after the amazingness that was last night! Yes, I am fangirling big time! You'll see some of my photos on my Instagram @dcdeb52 and on the MFC's Insta and stories @mikafanclub Lighting was pretty awful for photos from where I was standing -- at times I felt like *I* was in the spotlight more than Mika! Anyhow, the show was absolutely amazing. Yes, I'm a fan, I'm supposed to say that, but Mika was overflowing with joy last night and it spilled out onto all of us. He was so happy to be in NYC and on stage again, it was infectious. So many new songs on the setlist -- and 18 songs altogether, so a nice show, which was over way too soon. Highlights of the evening for me: Hearing Jealousy, Tomorrow, and Blue for the first time -- and hearing him explain a little bit where these songs came from. Fantastic version of Happy Ending -- but has he ever done a bad version of this lovely song? Tiny Love live in person was... I hate to use the word amazing again, but it was. So so so good. His voice... and the different segments of the piece come together so beautifully. I really can't say enough about it. Finally, my personal favorite moment. During Sanremo, I had to stop taking photos -- I just FEEL it so much. I really love all of the new songs, but Sanremo speaks to me in a special way. I ❤️ it. And I ❤️ our pop star. Very much. Gorgeous, talented and very, very sweet. Makes me realize just why I've been here for the past 12 years. Afterward, we waited a little more than an hour before Mika finally came out -- he posed for some photos and signed some things, and very kindly took a group photo with some of us from the MFC. Special shout out to my Italian and French friends who were looking out for me. And another shout out to all the international fans there -- it's amazing to me what a diverse and friendly community we have here. Thank you all! Looking forward to tonight even more, now that I know what to expect! See you there!
    22 points
  21. Sorry for the delay in starting this thread -- real life often gets in the way! In any case, let's talk a bit about what we'd like to do regarding a gift or flowers for Mika for the Paris concerts next month. As I said in the boat thread, we now have more than 100 MFC'ers committed to taking the Seine trip, which means we have a few hundred extra Euros. My original thought was to use that money to buy flowers for Mika. With the extra we can buy a really huge bouquet, and maybe even a bottle of wine. Unless someone has some other ideas? Alternatively, I could use the extra money collected to purchase food for the boat trip, and take up a separate collection for the flowers. Let's discuss here!
    21 points
  22. Well, Mika's family and friends usually don't sit in the front rows - I've seen them most often in the balconies, or a dozen or more rows back at seated venues. I remember I sat a few rows behind Andy and Mika's cousin at one of the Montreal symphonic concerts, and 5 or 6 rows in front of Mika's dad and sisters at one of the London shows. I'm pretty sure those first couple rows are for MFC -- if only they would give me some details! This last minute stuff is killing me!
    21 points
  23. Hey everybody! Just a little warning that we will be running a fairly big upgrade on the site later tonight. I plan to run the upgrade tonight and expect it will take a while, maybe several hours. During that time MFC will be offline, but we will try to keep everyone updated on our social media accounts, on Twitter and Facebook. When you log in tomorrow, you'll find that a number of enhancements have been made. Many of these won't change your daily usage of the forums as we don't do e-commerce here, or they are functions for moderators. But there will be some changes that you might notice: -- Improved search function -- Ability to resize large photos before uploading. -- Ability to embed TikTok videos -- Expanded thread (also called topic) lists. This means you'll be able to read part of the thread from the list of topics, without having to click inside to see if it interests you. -- Each thread/topic will have an activity bar so that you can see at a glance how old it is, when the last reply was, a mini gallery of images in the topic and more. -- Topics will show follower counts so you can see how many people follow the subject. -- Long quotes will be collapsed, reducing how much scrolling you'll have to do, if you want to skip over something. -- Improvements with notifications. -- Integration with a variety of other apps, including Google Docs, Twitter, Facebook and Discord. For example, we SHOULD be able to create a Google doc that all members can see, and that new members will be added to automatically. (I say "should" because this is a beta test function, so I'm not sure if/when we will be able to make this work for us.) The most exciting thing that will happen with this upgrade is the introduction of a mobile app version! This is still in beta testing for iOS and Android, so we have to see exactly how it's going to work for MFC, once our software has been upgraded. It may still be a while before this is available to all of our members, but it is something that we will keep you updated on. Thanks for your patience tonight while we undergo this upgrade. I hope that by tomorrow at this time we'll all be back here, with everything mostly back to normal! Let us know if you have any questions or experience any issues!
    21 points
  24. I have a few more answers about the livestream for you. You should be able to view "I Love Beirut" from anywhere -- it's a global livestream. So choose which time frame you'd like to watch the stream and get your ticket for that time. The link will be sent to you shortly before the livestream starts, just like it will for all others. You should be able to get tickets to multiple times, if you'd like to watch the stream more than once. However, as we discussed, only the stream that starts at CET will be truly live. The other times will be a rebroadcast of the original show. This was done to accommodate fans all over the world who might not be able to watch the stream live in the middle of the night. Hope that answers all the questions now! Happy ticket-buying tomorrow!
    21 points
  25. I have never been able to write a report before as this was my first Mika event but i can write one now! i arrived at the venue kinda late - around 6:40 in the afternoon- because of traffic in London. It took us a while to find the correct line but we found it eventually. There were a few people trying to buy tickets from people in the queue and i was looking out for some friends i was hoping to meet that i had been speaking to on twitter. i was very nervous in London, because my shirt and bowtie kinda made me stand out and London isnt the safest city in the world. My friend Blake who was with me grew up a Londoner so we knew that we had to stare at the ground and not make eye contact with people as that is whats expected in london. When i joined the queue i put my trans pin badge on ( i put it on sideways and my mate had to fix it in the venue later. The line to get in was moving pretty quickly at 7:00. It was a bit gross because the standing line had to stand next to rubbish bags in a dodgy alleyway, but i was too excited to care. Some MFC members handed us a piece of paper with “we missed you” and cardboard hearts to be held up after the first song and tiny love. The venue was already pretty full when we got in. I didnt really get a good view of the stage and only got a brief glimpse of Mika a few times, but i did get to watch Zuleika dancing up on a balcony with some other people who looked vaguely familar and Mikas nephew. I think the rest of Mikas family was there but i couldnt see them. Im kinda glad i wasnt at the front though because someone on twitter told me there was fighting and I definitly wouldn't want to be involved with that o_O Mika’s voice was FANTASTIC. You can really hear the benefit of those high notes. I was screaming along to every song and i started losing my voice by the second song. I completely lost it at “We are Golden” and also had to take my asthma inhaler because i LOVE that song so i was extra loud for that song. There was a lot of mentions of some guy who broke up with Mika in the alleyway behind Shepard’s Bush. Mika said he was still bitter about it years later which I thought was really funny. Poor mika. Even though i couldn’t really see Mika, i still had lots of fun. The setlist was fantastic, his voice was fantastic. My friend Blake has a crush on Max, who he describes as “beautiful”. Mika ran off stage and returned wearing his grandmothers shirt and i honestly wasn't surprised. I looked up at Zuleika and she was laughing. Near the end, all the lights went off and everyone was screaming and shouting “Mika” and he came on and sung Grace Kelly, Tiny Love reprise and Stay high. My parents could hear both Mika and the crowd singing from halfway down the street and could even tell us some of the songs that were played because we were a bit loud. i stayed behind a bit at the end to meet one of my mates from Italy who I was giving some PG tips teabags too, and then we had to drive back home. I didnt get back in until gone 2:00 in the morning so i had to leave my review until today. This show was one of the happiest experiences of my life. If mika does another London show I definitly want to get tickets, and i cant wait to see the videos from the rest of the Tour
    21 points
  26. For the longest time I've had the thought that I wanted someone to write about Mika, this fandom, and Casa Mika/the impact of Casa Mika. I finally thought, no one else is going to write it, so I will! I have a tumblr called "Bad Bad Movies" which I started to write reviews and articles about movies and TV shows I love. I really love bad old sci fi films, so that's what I named my blog. I've got some posts about bad sci fi in my drafts, but this is my first post because I felt like it was just inside me and I had to get it out. I really love writing and loved writing papers for my University classes, and now that I've graduated I really missed writing things. What I've wanted was specifically for someone to write a journalistic, almost academic essay about Casa Mika and all it means to people, so that's the perspective I wrote it from - a sort of neutral journalistic perspective and as if I was talking to an audience who had no idea who Mika was. Hopefully if my blog attracts some followers and becomes popular some other people will read this and maybe check the show out! But of course y'all should be the first to read it, because no one else will appreciate it more! Warning: it's rather long Hope you all enjoy! http://badbadmovies.tumblr.com/post/178330041491/themagicofmika
    21 points
  27. That's complicate. I'm trying to tell what I felt/understood in the past 3 years, as an external person before, and then as a member. I don't know how or if this could help, as is not only about the site itself, but about the FC in general. I hope not to be misunderstood, but I'm going to be frank. I honestly didn't want to sign up at first. I read on the net about bad behaviours from people from MFC, and that on the site everybody act like friends, and then in person they treat you very badly. As I continued using MFC as a visitor, I considered joining anyway, because that would have offered me those advantages you said, from M&Gs to tickets; but if it hadn't been free, I would never had signed up. There are many positive aspects of being a member, but there are also many things that don't work as they have to in my opinion. I find that sometimes there's a big lack of organisation, and it even seems that Mika's staff don't communicate with MFC INTENTIONALLY. Maybe they do so to avoid the unpleasant situations that happen often, but in this way people act on their own, without the FC mediation, and that create chaos and those situations the staff probably don't want. So people thinks MFC is useless and leave it, or at least, they aren't active normally, but when some opportunity show off, they suddenly come back and then disappear again, with a very strange timing (and/or luck). They do so even with other people. If you give them more possibilities to see Mika, both in a correct or incorrect way, you become a big friend of them; but if you are useless they abandone you. Thanks God I found very nice people too, that always helped me and were here for any questions or problems. But the bad feelings I had before joining sadly didn't went away; instead I now was SURE about what happened in some events, while with other media only I thought there were just impressions. This athmosphere, where fans are in competition with each other, so if I know Mika would be guess at xxx I won't tell you so I'll have him only for me, or fans that overtake the official fan club, doesn't make you want to join, does it? There are also some things I don't understand. Why do some country have more rep than others? Are they elected in some way? Is there a reason in this difference? Why (apart from the yearbook and Mika's birthday) the FC doesn't organise presents (I mean, in big occasions, not always), even if fans suggest it and offers to organise? In refusing, again, people will act on their own, in small or big groups not well organised, and everybody will be pissed off, those who were not aware of the thing and would have loved to participate, the FC, that have to explain it was not an official gift and Mika not expected to thank the fanclub... Why we don't take action against people who have bad behaviours? Not only online but, I don't know, for example preventing them from entering next event, as they do for football: after being warned you can't play next match. I do know MFC is not the police, but sites normally have rules (I know MFC have them too) and normally if you do not follow them we take action against you. Please note I'm talking about GENERAL FEELINGS after SURFING THE NET 3 years, as I went IN PERSON at only 2 events being a member. Then we can talk about the site's graphic and logic. It's difficult to find what you're looking for and not obvious where to go - excluding the research option, that doesnt work all the time (sometimes it tells "no result" when the word I type exist in titles and in threads too). I have difficulties in writing with my phone, some words magically disappear after typing them and I can't underline/change colour/size etc (but maybe is my phone's fault). Plus I noticed many people have troubles in understanding/writing english, but here we can do nothing (it's only a fact. Many people tell they don't use the site because "it's in english!!!") Finally, maybe someone find twitter, facebook or instagram more simple and faster than MFC. Sorry for writing this at night, that doesn't help my english, nor in writing clearly.
    21 points
  28. ***NEWS*** Today, on the occasion of the first recording day for Stasera Casa Mika, he'll get a bouquet of flowers, courtesy of Mika Fan Club, on behalf of us all. Next week we'll post pictures of the flowers and the card.
    21 points
  29. Yes, you read my mind! I realized last night that I needed to do this! I have just used MFC screen names here, in case people do not want their real names published. If you still have questions after seeing this, please contact me. MFC Name PAID How Many? ~Wicky~ x 2 Adprice x 1 AGG x 1 An'Art x 1 Anilado x 1 Anna Ko Kolkowska x 1 Astrid x 2 Beatrixxx_always x 1 BineHH x 1 bread4love x 2 camille* x 1 carafon x 1 CarlottaP x 2 Carole Minvielle x 1 carolinechedo x 1 Catamiow x 3 cerise x 1 ch4ch427 x 1 Chiara83 x 1 chrisblue x 1 Claire! x 1 cluppel nathalie x 1 Cossette Vilches x 1 crazyaboutmika x 2 dcdeb x 1 Elena M D x 1 Elly1974 x 1 emily2b x 2 Esty Bassa x 1 eZa x 1 FannySpina14 x 2 fleurdelupin x 1 Florine x 2 France7885 x 1 Gabry74 x 2 Gigimau x 1 giraffeandy x 1 Graciosa x 1 Grazia Simone x 1 happymika by celine x 2 Hero x 1 holdingyourdrink x 2 Ingrid x 1 ISAJF414 x 1 jajinka5 x 2 JulioM x 1 Annemaaike x 1 lamourfaitcequeilveut x 1 Laurya x 2 LEFRANCOCAN x 2 lisagr x 2 Lisahoogenboom x 1 Littlelady x 2 lormare x 1 Louison x 2 lucie mikafan x 2 Lui 1 lunari x 1 lyli x 1 Maelle Stardust x 1 Manu Ganzerla x 1 MaraB x 2 MayaBelgium x 1 mellody x 1 Michelle Blondet x 1 mikagold x 2 miknikel x 1 Mikyba x 1 Milena Turris x 1 Narimene x 1 ninitwittter x 1 Patrycja x 1 perhonita x 1 phibie x 1 Prisca x 1 Raluca Trancau x 1 RAK1 x 1 Renaud.alsace x 1 SABI77 x 1 Sabine64 x 1 Salserina x 1 sara09 x 1 SarahV x 2 Serendipity x 1 SilviaM x 2 Sivan x 1 solene.giroux x 2 Sophie-Laure x 2 stefasera x 2 Susan Capdeville x 1 Sweetieval x 2 Sylvaine x 1 Sylvia solange x 1 tatiipanda x 1 tiibet x 3 Tina78 x 1 Tmary x 1 Valerie Chambin x 1 dotoli x 1 waryblanket x 1 wiki M x 1 Yveline x 1 Zita x 1
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  30. Hi everyone! I was very lucky to be able to attend this special concert thanks to MFC I feel like it's the kind of events that totally deserves that I take a little bit of time to write about it. Even just for my own memories. So as was said before, when my friends and I decided we wanted to take a chance and attend whatever they were going to record that night, no one knew what we were signing for. For my part I was already too happy to know for sure that Mika would be there and I would be able to see him, even for one little song, after all these hard months. And the fact that it was in Versailles obviously helped wanting to be a part of it. Only when we received official invitations did we notice the little magical word 'concert' on the email. We still didn't want to believe 100% (it's very easy to get high hopes, I didn't want to be disappointed) On Wednesday as I was heading towards Paris after my morning of work, some news started to spread on social networks, for instance from the Gospel choir. It started to get real. I didn't want to look at the posted setlist, I preferred being surprised. Of course I was spoilt a little bit, but that's fine, it made me even more excited. When I arrived in Versailles my day was already made as I was able to meet up with some of my closest friends, it was so good to see beloved ones that I hadn't seen for weeks or months. We had a 20km around our home limitation that had been lifted just the day before! Crazy timing. We were soon allowed inside, but people at the venue didn't really know what to do with us at first Mika had not finished rehearsing and apparently they had let us in too early. We waited for a while near the stairs, they gave us special certificates to use after 8pm because of the curfew, we were here for 'professional reasons'! It's true that being a Mika fan can totally be a second career While waiting we heard that the 1st row somewhere in the Opera was reserved for the fans. When it was time to get our seats, we realised it was the 1st row of the stalls We couldn't believe our luck. We were all completely amazed by the venue, I think we had more than an hour inside before the concert started but I couldn't process anything already, I was mesmerized by the whole place. Finally it was time for Mika to arrive. He was as classy as ever, very fitting clothes, so elegant. He made a little introduction speech for TV, explaining we were now entering 2021 and I think he talked about the poetical touch he wanted to bring on this start of the year. During the whole evening, he was just the right amount of chatty and funny like I love, and smart at the same time, it was so perfect. I don't know if I'm going to report on all the songs, anyway I myself have trouble to define all the emotions I have felt all along this incredible setlist, but I will try to post what crosses my mind just now. Maybe if you don't want to be spoilt you should stop reading here (if my report is not already too long anyway ) Over My Shoulder being the first live song I would hear after this Mika drought is a hint of the magical night that was ahead of us. Each time I have had the chance to hear OMS live, it's always been a song that I completely savour from start to finish. I loved this version with the special guest. Toy Boy works perfectly in this kind of events, it was lovely to hear it again. I don't listen to it that much as the album version but for me it remains a masterpiece in Mika's repertoire. Ice Cream was a total surprise! I've always liked the song, not my fav but always enjoyed it, but this concert brought it to a whole new level. I can't listen to it the same way as before anymore. Not everyone agreed with me but one of the many highlights of the night for me. I don't remember much Grace Kelly but it was certainly as good as always. Without Her, the cover of Harry Nilsson's song, was such a treat with the famous cellist Gauthier Capuçon as a guest. Suspended moment. The sequence Last Party/Origin/Underwater kind of overwhelmed me with beauty and emotions. I love when there is a choir alongside Mika and that Gospel choir was very impressive, it was such a great added value. Lollipop is one of the songs that I generally enjoy less at gigs (although I liked the Revelation Tour version) but once more on this special night Mika managed to make it something totally new to me, visually and musically, very enjoyable. Good Guys... so happy to hear this one again. Hadn't heard it since the Florence symphonic shows, I had missed it a lot. Beautiful rendition. EMD was energetic and fun, Mika was playful, engaging the audience, it was hard not to move from our seats. Les Baisers Perdus.. I wouldn't ever have thought I would hear this song once more after Bercy 2016. It was a new version with a guitarist, I remember looking at the ceiling of the venue as Mika's voice echoed, it was magnificent. Then a total surprise for me, the lights turned green and suddenly Mika pronounced the first word of the next song: 'Tomorroooow'.. I couldn't believe it, Tomorrow was one of the big highlights of the Revelation Tour for my friends and I, my heart was full of joy to listen to it again in this way. Mika totally nailed it, very impressive. Love Today was also another highlight. I always love the song live, I'm used to jumping and singing very loud on that one but this time we were sitting quietly and Mika managed to make it something new after 14 years, he is so incredible. He was also very energetic but it was all so very well controlled, I can't explain. Can't wait to hear it again. Then Relax and again it was a lovely version. He asked us to sing 'eaaasy' at the end and of course in this kind of setting everyone is a little bit shy compared to the usual gigs. But he said 'I'm sure people who would have liked being here would want you all to be much louder' or something along the way and I sang as loud as I can (sorry dear neighbours) As an encore Mika sang Happy Ending with Ida, that I haven't mentioned before but of course I was sooo happy to see her here as well as Max, their voices melt so well with Mika's voice, I always love hearing them. Mika seemed so happy particularly during this song, his complicity with Ida, the choir and the audience was so nice to see. Then it was over but... no, he apologised and said he had to sing the first song once again, due to technical issues earlier. Don't you apologise about having to sing OMS once more and make the pleasure last... It was even better the 2nd time than the first. Then this time it was really over and while we were preparing to leave, taking some photos and stuff, Mika came to the edge of the stage to greet us, we thanked and congratulated him and he said something along the lines of 'it's a pleasure to meet with you again'. So lovely I still can't believe all of this actually happened, it all happened so fast, I was not emotionally prepared I wouldn't have dared to dream that this would be how I would see Mika again after so long, in 2020, magical venue, unique event, with friends around me. Thank you so so so much to Mika, to @dcdeb and the MFC, as we all said in our tweets after the evening, you totally saved our year MERCI
    20 points
  31. Salut, beloved Mika Fan Club! After a very long absence, your Ticket Fairy has returned with some exciting news! Mika and his team have given us several pairs of tickets earmarked exclusively for Mika Fan Club members who can attend his filming of the New Year's Eve special La Grande Soiree at Versailles, this Wednesday (16 December) night. The details: 1. The recording will take place at Versailles, indoors, on the evening of 16 December. You must arrive no later than 6:30pm and stay until filming finishes at approximately 11pm. 2. You must wear a face mask. 3. Dress code for the event is "elegant." (As you would dress for a nice New Year's Eve party.) 4. Special car passes will be issued to those driving to Versailles. 5. Mika respectfully asks that no one wait before or after to speak with him as he will not be stopping due to the virus. There will be no meet & greets, and everyone should observe social distancing and other related health regulations. To enter to win, please follow these simple rules: -- You MUST be a registered member of MikaFanClub.com with an activated account. (That means you must have replied to the validation email you received when you registered so that your account is ACTIVE!) -- You and your guest must be 18 years old or older. NO EXCEPTIONS. -- Send the following details to mfc.competition@gmail.com NO LATER THAN 6am CET (France) time Tuesday, 15 December: Your MFC user name Your real name -- please list FIRST NAME, then SURNAME Your date of birth Your guest's name and date of birth Your contact telephone number Your guest's telephone number Your email address Your guest's email address Please be sure to write VERSAILLES in the email subject line. NOTE THE COMPETITION EMAIL ADDRESS! Entries received after the deadline or sent to other email addresses will be disqualified. One entry per person. Multiple entries or incomplete entries will be disqualified. This competition does not include transportation, just entrance to the recording. Please only enter if you are sure you can attend! We will not be able to make ANY changes. Winners will be notified tomorrow! Now HURRY HURRY HURRY and get your entry in !!! Good luck! Be sure to follow MikaFanClub.com on Instagram (@mikafanclub) and stay tuned for more MIKA news here on MFC and our social media, as well as on Mika's Facebook page! Good luck everyone! 🤞🤞 🤞
    20 points
  32. Was hoping someone had live recorded it, but here are some screenshots! I think I’ve got them all. And they’re not chronologically ordered, unfortunately, but funny nonetheless 😊 I’ve put an emoticon on @dcdeb, because that is her keeping her cool and still not noticing Mika’s ranting 🤣
    20 points
  33. Hello everybody 😊 Here the live from today 26.04.2020 😉😘 #CookingWithMika mikainstagram_94638413_572510433381070_6432242854709428224_n.mp4
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  34. @virgi is an AMAZING discoverer !! Thanks a lot for posting !!! edited 11 clips into one.
    20 points
  35. My report about the second live...it's long Here is my report about Saturday night Please skip the second part if you haven't watched The Voice 2nd live yet. I had seen that our awesome MFC fairy ticket was offering two pairs tickets to go to The Voice but I had to be sure to be able to go (which is always complicated as I live with a whimsical pumpkin) I was dying to see Mika again as I hadn't seen him since Bobital (on stage) and I really wanted to see him and hopefully be able to talk with him again Before I decided to enter I asked my daughter if she would go with me (which would probably have the magical power to distress pumpkin) and she said she was free on that week end so I decided to participate. And I won two ticks so I was thrilled at the idea to see Mika and on the other hand I almost couldn't believe it...and I worked many hours that week so I was a bit short of time to get ready...I packed my chicken and TOOL Korean magazine but I couldn't find my book...or the red wine bootle I bought a long time ago for him...never mind I was so happy at the thought of seing him again...I had four questions to ask him... Strangely the day before my daughter's cat had three cute kittens and someone called me for a job interview... So we left a bit later than planned my daughter and I as I was waiting for that lady who never showed up... It was a sunny day and the 500 kms drive went well. The funny thing is that because of a strike we didn't get to pay for a part of the highway which was nice. As we got into Paris I was getting worried that we would be too late as we had to be at the studio 217 at 6 PM but we got there just in time so I was very relieved. We got in and I swear I started beaming with joy as soon as I got the red stamp on my hand. We waited a bit then walked a bit then we got outside and finally into studio 217. We had to give our phones coats handbags everything except our clothes basically. They checked women with a machine and men by hand...someone got caught with a phone in their socks We got fed with the traditional sandwiches. For obvious Mika fans reasons I took the chicken sandwich as always. (And my daughter did like me ) We got little water bottles as well one with the chicken sandwich and more as the evening went on. We had seated places which was great. I had a nice view on Mika's seat After waiting a while then getting instructions and warm up was over we watched the show which I found a lot more emotional for real than on TV. I cried when Frédéric sang although I had never cared for the original version by Jonaz I listened to the lyrics for the first time and I was overwhelmed. He is one of a kind like Mika with an exceptional personality, a great voice and he can also create emotional roller coasters when he's on a stage. He had the longest standing ovation ever and the public voted for him. Mika had a hard time chosing between Casanova and Guillaume, his two candidates. He said the f word, then he said he was told he wasn't allowed to use swear words then right after he said "couilles" which is the rude word for testicules in French and I was like oh my Mika only you can do this but he meant he had pushed Casanova to bare himself in front of the public but not litterally However it was hard for Mika to chose and he got very emotional so Zazie got up and hugged and kissed him... which cheered him up...all fans including me wanted to be Zazie at that moment Later during one of the commercial break Mika removed his jacket and he went backstage. I thought he was hot but next thing I saw was Mika in his white t shirt who kept pushing back into his chair someone who was wearing his jacket and who was trying to get up and out of the chair...someone who was Fortune He was released before the end of the commercial break though too bad It seemed to me the make up artist and hairstyler also pampered Fortune while he was there I think Mika was particularly hyper and mischevious on that day as before the show started he had Florent Pagny's dog with him and he brought it on stage as well Not the same size as Melachi or Amira so he was carrying it into his arms. The whole show was very entertaining with lots of fog, lots of special effects, dancers of both sexes even the crazy horse girls, a very impressive flying cage for Xam and a disco ball that Guillaume rode on Miley Cyrus style However I watched Mika a lot more than anyone else I was so happy to see him again At some point during the show my daughter remembered she had left her credit car in her car and got afraid someone might have tried to break into her car as it was visible but I told her it was a lucky day and that nothing bad would happen. We went back to her car as soon as we were allowed to leave the studio and the car was fine indeed. She moved it so we would be as close as possible to studio 217 as I was hoping to see Mika when he would leave the studio. There were mostly Mika fans there waiting and two people waiting for Florent Pagny but they ended up leaving. There were up to three guards and at first they told us to move to the end of the road instead of waiting in front of the entrance. One of us was even saying to us that Slimane and Florent Pagny had left. I guess he wanted to discourage us but it was his first year working at The Voice studio and we told him we (Mika fans) had many years of experience as far as waiting for Mika and I told him that he was only a rookie which silenced him... after some time all the guards were gone so we discreetly moved right back in front of the entrance. We could see Mika's Peugeot that was there. Around 2 PM his mum got out the studio and into the car followed by his brother and his sister. A few minutes later Mika got out of studio 217. There was a group of fans close to the car and I was in the other group on the opposite site of the road. Mika said to both groups: "You should go to bed." but he didn't get into the car immediatly and Wildroachfire started talking to him about the show and he answered to her then she asked for a photo with him and he said ok but not for each person. I was close to him and to Wildroachfire and I asked him for a group pic and he agreed which made me very happy for all of us. And I was right by him for one of the pics almost touching him but only the top of my head is showing on that photo but I had never been so close to him There were more photos taken. Three people took different group photos. I was too happy and Mikafied to do anything else than feeling happy and smiling. My chicken had stayed in my bag on the other side of the road but it didn't matter. Sorry as I couldn't ask any questions I had meant to ask to Mika (I had four of them) but I was floating high on my pink cloud plus it went very fast so all I said to him was I asked for a group pic and also thank you several times as he was leaving because he had been so sweet and kind to spend this moment with us which really means the world for us. I was kind of speechless unlike the first time I had talked with him as there were many people around and I was so eager to speak with him but this time we were a small group and the encounter was so natural and sweet that words were not necessary and we were all happy to be together I'll never thank Mika enough for spending this blissful moment with us nor MFC for the ticks nor my daughter who helped organizing the trip and who was ok to wait for me in the car after the show in spite of a big headache she got after the show. She would have waited outside with me and she would have been on the photo too if she had felt well. A very kind Mika fan gave her a med but she was a sweetheart to wait for me as she needed to get some sleep but she knows how much it meant for me if I could meet Mika. The whole day the weather had been dry and rather warm but right after Mika left it started raining.We were exchanging pics with our phones and the first raindrop of the day started falling. Thanks a lot to Wildfireroach for helping me and the others getting all the photos. and to everyone who shared them I forgot to mention I met Chriss and also Boucarilla who were in the group and another French fan but she only realized that we knew each other online when she saw our group pic. I'm still on my Mika cloud and I think I'll stay up there for a while Guys forgive me for not asking him the questions I was supposed to for MFCers but it just wasn't the right time I guess... One thing I can say for sure is that Mika loves his fans and that we are lucky to have such a good guy in our heart because he really cares about us as much as we care about him
    20 points
  36. Hi all, This morning I called ProOffice in The Netherlands and they were amazed by the amount of orders. They will send every one who ordered a mail, regarding shipping costs and the time of delivery. They will ship to any country. If I can help with anything, like address etc, just ask and I can help. Maybe I can give an example: Voornaam: Ingrid (surname) Achternaam: Luberti (backname) Straatnaam: Kapteynstraat (streetname) Huisnr: 107 (house number) Toev: - (maybe app number in cause you live in a flat) Plaatsnaam: Hilversum (town) Land: The Netherlands (country) You can pay by PayPal or ideal(which is immediately by bankcard). You do not need to fill in any company name if you pay by those two. I still laugh when I think back at my phonecall, the guy couldn't stop laughing and being amazed by orders from Korea, Japan, Finland etc :)))))))))
    20 points
  37. By now, many of you will have read the very sad news of the passing of one of Mika Fan Club's original members, FREDDIESDOUBLE, or as he was known in real life David Bellamy. David was a very welcoming presence here on MFC, especially in the early days, and he was instrumental in shaping this place. We worked together very closely for a long time, trying to make Mika Fan Club the community it has become today. I'm very, very sad to hear of his untimely death at such a young age. Words fail me, really. His memory here at Mika Fan Club will surely live on.
    20 points
  38. Many years ago, a rather odd animation with a silly song "Lollipop" was shared around by my furry friends. It was quite a hit in the community, but it seems most thought it was just an animation project that someone had managed to make a catchy song to. Including me and my wife. At one point around a year ago, we even added it to one of our Spotify playlists. We somewhat managed to still thing this was a silly "made for a fun animation". But fun songs are important, and a couple of weeks ago, I decided to see if the creator of this melody had made other fun things that we could possibly enjoy. Two weeks ago, I clicked on the "MIKA" word next to Lollipop, to see what Spotify could show me. I had no idea... Spotify played "Grace Kelly" - I had heard this one before. This was the same guy that did Lollipop? What a song, but mostly WHAT a voice! My curiosity peaked. This guy had TWO good songs? Spotify gave me "Elle me dit" - Now I drew the conclusion that MIKA was a french artist. This was just a really cool song! Appearing rather simple disco style, but with a twist that gave it quite an appeal. This really was not my kinda music, and I LOVED it. Spotify gave me "We are Golden" - And I was sold. I was pulled right back to the 80s. I knew I had found gold. I had heard 4 melodies. They were all amazing. They were all COMPLETELY different. It was even difficult match these to the same singer, indicating a voice talent that could put even the best singers of the 80s to shame. It was through listening to "We are Golden" as I started to feel angry. Apart from "Grace Kelly", that I had heard some time long ago, this wasn't on the radio. This was not played... anywhere... I had been bombarded with music like "Dark Horse", lost track of how many times I had tried to close my ears as "Diamonds in the Sky" was played. But this... This was just friggin AMAZING, and somehow, it was ignored? I broke my rule of not listening to music I did not already know while I was at work. Whenever I hear music I have not already heard, my brain works overtime analysing, and working becomes a tad more tricky. Spotify gave me Boum Boum Boum, and Wiki told me that MIKA was not French, but had true language skills. Spotify kept playing. Then came Stardust - It was like hearing Per Gessle sing one of his love ballades together with someone that was not Marie Fredriksson. It was Roxette, just better. And being a huge Roxette fan in the 80s, I do not add "just better" easily. How in the world could this guy sound like Freddy Mercury in one song and Per Gessle in another? Dang, this song was the best I had heard in like.. well.. I have no idea.. This was instantly my MIKA favourite song. It could not get better than this. Then came "Good Guys"... At this point I felt blessed that the guy that sits next to me at work was not at the office. I was in tears, how in the world could a person write this so beautifully, sing it so beautifully. I was proven wrong, Stardust was left in the dust, and I had now stopped questioning what this guy was capable of doing. I shipped off several links to songs to my wife and told her "This is the guy that did Lollipop... Please listen to this... like.. NOW!" In one day I had gone from "I wonder if this person that made Lollipop did anything else worth listening to" to feeling like the world had been granted a genius of the scale of David Bowie. I was in love, I felt like a teen, fanboying over hits after hits from an amazing artist. Only that.. they were not hits... I was in joy of my discovery and in anger of this being kept away from public waves. Why wasn't´t this guy the most popular artist right now? Was I really mistaken, could the music really be no good, just somewhat appeal to me? I got home, "Good Guys" was playing. "I have been playing Good Guys and Stardust on loop all day!". We spent the evening exploring even more songs. I most definitely was not alone. That day, MIKA had gained at least two new superfans. It has been around two weeks, and MIKA has been about the only thing we have listened to. "The more we hear of his music, the more depressingly obvious it is that MIKA is seriously the most underrated musical genius of our time." - my wife wrote on Facebook. "Lets party", "Any Other World" are other musical master pieces. They are more proof that MIKA isn't just a "good musician". He is nothing short of a musical genius. "Hello, I am Panduck, and I am a MIKA superfan - it took me 4 songs to realise". I am a hobby composer (reason for being overly analytical when listening to music), feeling both like I have gotten more inspiration and fear, because dang, my music would be stupid compared to this guy. Both me and my wife are members of the furry fandom, where "Lollipop" became quite a hit some years back, and we have been surprised that the fandom, where straight people are in a minority, had not embraced MIKA more. We have found a few that are, but most do not even know him. We are both turning 45 soon, and I am not at all surprised that many MIKA fans are our age. We grew up with many of the "good guys" being played on the radio. MIKA brings back memories and feelings. But he does not copy the style, he reinvents and expands it. Thank you for ALL the music! Please, do not stop. The world needs your music!
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  39. Yes, I'd like to know answers to all those questions, too! I'm trying to find out as much as I can, and I'm hoping that some of our fans in Paris or France, can help us with planning, too. I'm sure we'll talk about it today during our Instagram Live (8pm Central Europe time!) but maybe we can even discuss contacting the venue and getting a block of tickets for MFC, just in case Mika's team isn't able to do anything for us. It's definitely fun to start planning things again!
    19 points
  40. If you wish to discuss the live stream concert in a lot more detail with a full review please use this space to do so! 😃 Here's mine. 😊 As I said before it's quite long 😅 I would have logged in straight after the concert but I got so many notifications on twitter afterwards that I spent a while there and then went to bed (I was very tempted to watch the whole thing again and probably will later), starting to feel PMD now 😅. Anyway consider this my first concert review! It's quite long and took me over an hour to write! First of all my budgie absolutely loved it! I had the volume up quite high and he was happy chirping away in the background but he got so much louder when Danna came on and remained loud for the whole show, with me being so focused on Mika I really didn't mind. I also have a small dog with a big bark and it's like she knew to behave because for the whole night she didn't make a sound, good girl! I think Mika will be pleased to know he has my pets approval! The whole show was beautiful. The set list of songs was a perfect combination too. A perfect balance of showing the hardship of what the Lebanese people are going through and also keeping it up beat and joyful with singing Ice Cream, Lollipop, Grace Kelly and Love Today. Mika has a way of giving hope to people. The performance of Any Other World had me in tears wich continued with the various videos shared by the people of Lebanon. One minute I'm crying in sadness the next I'm crying in joy at the couple who's baby, Georges, survived the blast. I hope one day he gets to meet Mika. The poems by Etal and Salma were beautiful too. So simple. So relevant. I'm not a Rufus Wainwright fan but that performance of Agnus Dei with the musicians was certainly something special. Maybe he and Mika will do a collaboration one day together. I loved the performance by Kylie! I was wondering if she would sing I Believe in You seeing as Mika loves that song but the lyrics to Say Something were more appropriate and it was a wonderful performance. I've never heard of Laura Pausini before but her song at the colosseum was beautiful and it's certainly got me looking more into her music. I knew Me, Myself was coming when Danna came on but I certainly wasn't expecting It Must Have Been Love, neither was my Mum because that song is very special to her and made her cry! And then the song with Louane, again not someone I've heard of before but that duet was beautiful. Definitely another great example of how Mika's voice can blend well with a female singer. Now his own performances. I'm hoping so so much that the Arabic version of Promise Land with Mashrou Leila is released as a single. It was immense, I love it! Origin of Love really made me feel the love, did you all see the message "I thank him very much" at the bottom of the screen? And the way Mika looked so intensely at the camera, I'm sure Andy was there. Maybe with a little happy tear in his eye. Lollipop sung in the streets was so much fun to watch, I felt like I was right there with him! How does Mika do the pointy toe thing when he sings Relax, Take it Easy? He was his true bouncy self with that song, I always love to see him do 'The Jump'™ We Are Golden was such a burst of energy and then Elle me Dit got me singing along (it's the only French song of Mika's that I know all the words to even though I don't speak French!). And of course how can I not talk about Ice Cream? Only Mika could sing an entire song with his zipper down! I don't think that's the first time either. He could have very easily edited that out but I'm glad he didn't, it wouldn't be a Mika concert without something silly like that! Also wouldn't be right if Mika doesn't get his own lyrics wrong to Underwater. To end the show with Grace Kelly and Love Today was perfect too, very much like his early gigs. For a moment I forgot it was pre-recorded and kept wondering where the piano came from, I think Mika needs some alone time with that piano, he seems very attached! 😁 Along with Promise Land I hope the other songs get released too. If not a DVD then a live album would be brilliant. It didn't matter that the theatre was empty, because it wasn't. We were all there, brought together and united by one amazing man. It doesn't matter that we were in our own homes in different countries. Mika brought something magical to the show last night and that something is the people. It's us. All of us. Every single person who sat and watched it from beginning to end, the magic of being apart but together. It's not just I love Beirut. It's WE Love Beirut!
    19 points
  41. Wow, so many thoughtful, well-considered posts here. It's very interesting to read such a variety of viewpoints. I was going to quote a lot of things, but there were so many comments that it got a bit awkward. So instead I'll just quote CJ here: This sums up quite nicely exactly how I feel about Mika and in a way also how I feel about this subject. As one of the older fans, both in age and in length of time on the forum, I've seen that sexualizing pop stars, sports stars, all manner of celebrities actually, has been going on forever. I doubt that anything we say here is going to change that. Take a look at some of the old photos and videos of Elvis Presley or the Beatles and their fans -- all ages and genders went absolutely nuts at the mere hint of something suggestive, whether it was a flip of the hair, a curl of the lip, or a sway of the hips. There was no Twitter or Instagram to leave comments on, but I have no doubt if social media had existed then, there would have been plenty of comments and they wouldn't all have been "innocent." I'm not saying that treating a person, ANY person, as a sex object is a good thing, just that this behavior predates social media, Mika and his fans. If you skim through all the old threads here on MFC, you'll find a section called Mika's Attributes Appreciation, under Chat About Mika. In there, you'll find threads dedicated to almost every part of Mika's anatomy, from his hair to his eyes to his nose all the way down to his toes. These threads go back to the earliest days of this forum, and there were *numerous* fans posting in those threads of all ages, from young teenagers to grannies and grandpas. Mika is undeniably an attractive man, I find him adorable, but I must say that I don't dream about him, and have never felt the need to objectify him or any part of his body. BUT. A lot of fans do. A LOT. Just like a lot of fans seem to feel the need to mock him when he makes a mistake or misspells a word, or a make a meme when he makes a funny face or says something comical. Or, as CJ pointed out, write cringe-worthy sexual fan-fiction about him. I personally cringe at all of that, but who am I to judge? It seems there are many different facets of fandom. I learn something new about it every day, in fact. And so for many people, Mika is a sex symbol, whether he likes it or not, whether we like it or not. So, the moderators here decided to let those threads stand, even if we found them to be rather objectionable, and put them in their own special section of the forum, so that those who want to look over the photos and read/write comments can find them there. And that's where our responsibility and authority end -- here on the MFC forum. As moderators here on MFC, we can "moderate" to a degree the way our members behave, but we're not in a position to police or attempt to control how fans, even MFCers, behave in the greater world outside of the confines of MFC. Now, just because I say I don't think we're going to change the world, or even change one person, that doesn't mean I think this sort of conversation is a waste of time. I think it's invaluable to have these discussions, which give us a chance to reflect on how others see us and how we perceive others. So thanks to everyone participating in the exchange of ideas here -- while Twitter and other social media have their place, it's discussions like this that confirm for me that this platform has not outlived its usefulness! Sort of related to this subject, I'll share something that happened to me the other day. Someone actually wrote to me privately on Instagram the other day, and asked if Mika was not gay, would I have sex with him? You want to talk about "cringe"? I cringed. I'm sure the sender was a younger person, and possibly thought I was their same age. But did they think such a question was funny? The question is so totally inappropriate -- I mean, who would ask a stranger such a thing about ANYONE out of the blue like that? And even if Mika was not gay, I am 24, count 'em, 24 years older than him, and by the way, I'm married, and have been married for 39 years, it's a vow that I take seriously. So if that sender knew me, I hope that they would not have even dared to ask such a question... but the point is this: how can you control what random people say and do? Obviously, you can't. Anyhow, I've rambled too long... I'll just close by saying, @TinyLove_CJ please feel free to open a writing thread. I promise we will not let it become a "weird fanfic" thread!
    19 points
  42. Aww that story about him and Andy! Quick summary: Mika came out of a bad relationship with that guy who threw him out at 4am in Shepherd's Bush, the story he told in London. The next day, he met Andy in a pub, and when they separated, Andy told him he wants to spend the rest of his life with him. Mika wasn't interested, but Andy believed in it so much that it was enough for both of them. Well done Andy!! When I read some of Mika's answers, I think Andy must have really strong nerves to stay with Mika for all those years! Seems Mika knows what he has in him though. Makes me very happy to know they have each other!
    19 points
  43. Let's hope there'll be some action in this thread soon!
    19 points
  44. My first gig! I guess I picked a killer one too. All the lovely people I met said Mika just had so much extra energy tonight and it was definitely for the live DVD. I was in the front row so I was definitely filmed for that, look out guys... I have never been to such an incredible show. Like it not just because I love Mika so much, he just put on such a great performance and the crowd echoed the energy right back. It was ecstatic. It was more than I was hoping for. I was a complete mixture of emotions all day, and it all came to a boiling point when Mika came to the stage door greet some of us. There were probably 100 people outside and I knew I probably wouldn't get to see him because I was nowhere near the front. I eventually manuvered myself to the second row of an area where it wasn't as congested, but it didn't seem hopeful and I understood that. I started crying because he was just like... There and a moment I couldn't even dream of happening when I was so much younger was literally like unfolding before my eyes. I also think I am a little emotionally unstable right now because I'm just struggling with mental health issues too. But that's another reason why Mika and his music mean so much to me, its helped me pull through the absolute hell I've had to go through through the years to even get to where I am today and be the person I am today. It's just something you cannot thank someone enough for. The fact that I was crying caught some people around me's attention (I think they were Italian, if you see this thank you! I was too much of a mess to remember that) and they successful grabbed Mika's attention and pointed at me. Mika walks up to me and asks "now, why are you crying?" And I start rambling like the crazy lady I am, I think he was a little taken aback by it but whatever, and tell him pretty much I've been a fan for a long time and I want to thank him for his music because it got me through so much and I'm sorry because you probably hear this a lot. At this point I'm sobbing, he's looking at me like he doesn't know what to say or do and thinking wow I really need new antidepressants because these don't stabilize mood at all anymore. He says something along the lines of that's very sweet and I go in for a hug and then I hear an audible "awww" from the immediate crowd around us. It was so incredible. I'm just to blessed to have had that opportunity to speak with him and tell him that because... How many people get to thank their favorite musician or someone inspiring for them? Thank you, Mika. I'm sorry if I scared you. Here is my Google album from the gig, please enjoy. I filmed quite a few songs that are in here too. https://photos.app.goo.gl/kBjF2G64cpo4UrNx6
    19 points
  45. Siamo pronti a questo nuovo anno insieme? Sìììììì? Come ogni intro che si rispetti, ricordiamo a tutti, anche a chi lo sa già, che questo thread è dedicato a tutti i membri italiani di MFC e comunque a tutti coloro i quali parlano la nostra lingua, per scambiare informazioni o semplicemente dirci quanto ci manca. Sì, perché a qualcuno mancherà un po' di più ora che è passato in terra dei cugini. Ma sarà l'occasione per far sentire ancora più forte il nostro ammmmòòòòòre qui in terra tricolore. L'anno scorso aveva festeggiato il nuovo anno con noi, quest'anno abbiamo potuto vederlo solo su YT, e ci è mancato, così come siamo certi siamo mancati noi a lui. Quest'anno lo seguiremo e lo vedremo buzzare per i nuovi talenti di The Voice, e faremo il tifo con lui per la sua squadra. Poi il progetto delle Pilot, che, chissà che non ci scappi qualche visita di nuovo qui da noi, ma come sempre lo scopriremo solo seguendo i canali ufficiali. Buon Anno a tutti!!!! ------------------------------------------------------------- Link utili: Italian Press 2017 Stasera Casa Mika Progetto Pilot --------------------------------------------------------- Italian Thread 2017 QUI
    19 points
  46. Mika will receive the keys of the city of Florence the 10th of January 2018 in Palazzo Vecchio. http://m.quinewsfirenze.it/firenze-a-mika-le-chiavi-della-citta.htm
    19 points
  47. This news kind of hit me like a steam train, I knew he was ill, and that he was pretty bad, but always hoped that he would rally and pull out of it. Sadly, that was not to be. I first met this force of nature in Birmingham, 17th May 2007, at my first Mika gig. He was so bouncy all day in the queue, we got separated in the venue, but met afterwards outside, and he invited the very first MFC pic with Mika in (who told us the best way to pose for a photo was to say 'potato', cue 20 people shouting potato while the pic was taken ?) We met many times down the years, he led us astray at his 'local' gig in Newcastle, in Blackpool we had KFC at 1am after Mika played at the Radio 2 show (this was known that night as chicken on a bench, which reduced him to tears of laughter after a few pints?) We flew to Portugal together a few years back, which was just one long laugh the whole flight, walk through the airport and to the hotel. The last gig we saw together was in Madrid, which was an amazing weekend with many amazing people (you know who you are), we got front row and Mikas face had the biggest smile when he spotted him, I think that made David's trip. So many gigs hanging out, the boombox blasting out Mika songs at Brixton before the show, various costumes as pics here have shown (SO many costumes), Doncaster Christmas show, Eden Project sing along, which Mika heard from the stage while sound checking. All good times. We always missed each other when I had jobs that took me to Sunderland, always promising each other to make it next time, but never did. Chats on Twitter about the football, teasing each other when Sunderland met Liverpool, but never mad if either lost, always good natured banter about it. Good long chats about work and family on Wassup, he was always chatty. Always made me laugh and smile. He was very fond of his mum, a lovely lady, looked after her well, loved talking about her. It felt like I knew her, but first chatting to her a couple of months back, when we lost contact with David, I was nervous, worried she might find me a bit intrusive. But she was as lovely as David described her, and we have had quite a few chats recently, keeping up with his condition. This week the conversations more heartbreaking, as you can imagine. I now find myself on Twitter seeing things that I would retweet to David, and having to stop myself, and it's hard. And with Wimbledon on next week, knowing he would have been getting excited for it, makes it harder. I have lost my friend, one of my good friends, one of my best friends. It doesn't feel real. I keep thinking he will jump out and tweet 'Surprise, anyone want a coffee ☕ ' But I know it won't happen. And that hurts. So I want to raise a cup or glass, whichever you prefer, to my friend, and to quote Mika 'it was the best time I ever had' R.I.P. FREDDIESDOUBLE
    19 points
  48. I'm in love with this song ❤️ I love the lyrics and think it works more than perfectly as a soundtrack for a story that tells about young musicians but also as an independent song. I love the way he's using his voice, really love it, and I'm surprised people describe this song simple, for me it sounds very complicated to sing. There are also many details in it and that's something I don't connect with simplicity (which I wouldn't mind because I find simple and simplicity very positive words). I assume this song tells nothing about the album yet but they definitely should add it to at least some versions of it. It seems like a separate project written for his friend but as everything around the song is in Italian I might have missed something he says. Anyway, so happy he has released new music and been listening to this non-stop almost two days now.
    18 points
  49. I'm planning to send some flowers on behalf of the MFC -- no one needs to contribute anything unless they'd like to, as there is some money in the MFC Paypal account that we can use for this purpose. If you'd like to add to the fund, however, you can Paypal to mfcregister@gmail.com Thanks. I'm sure that David would be pleased to see all his old friends returning to MFC!
    18 points
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