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  1. 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!
    30 points
  2. Oh, one other note... The boat we will be on is called "Paris Etoile". Paris Star. Which is Mika, right? Our Paris Star.
    29 points
  3. 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/
    29 points
  4. 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
  5. 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
  6. 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
  7. 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
  8. 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
  9. 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
  10. 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
  11. 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
  12. 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
  13. 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
    20 points
  14. 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
  15. 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
  16. 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
  17. 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
  18. I just think that anything like papers / signs would not be appropriate for a venue like that. If we do something, it'd have to be elegant, and not folded or crinkled papers that we had in our bags all evening. Anyway, that's my opinion.
    18 points
  19. Hello lovelies ! I think the most important things about the show were already said or wrote. I am still over the moon to be honnest and I don't really what to write or even HOW. Also, I have a BIG problem about being happy for what is happening to me when other people would have been so so happy and deserves to had the chance that I had. But I really want to share this experience with all of you and try to give a little bit of magic. Everything happened so, SO fast. Me and @Laurya won our tickets. We bring my brother and our friend Laura with us. I'm not from Paris but from Strasbourg and for a minute I realised that I was crazy to organize such a trip in one day. With the actual pandemic and the holidays coming, I think I was so so crazy But it was a good, very good decision ! Thanks to my Laurie I was able to go. It took my brother and I a 6/7 hours road trip in our little car to join Laurie in Paris then in Versailles. We didn't knew what was happening. We were overwhelmed with Joy, anxiety, happiness and...Did I said joy ? But also it was so "scary" and unrealistic to realise that we were going to saw Mika after all this months. We thought that it was a little performance ith 1 or maybe 2 songs for the New Year's Eve show. But it was not. Once we arrived in Versailles, I heard a man saying that it was a whole Mika event with just him for an hour and a half. At this moment my heart and the one of my friends and brother were beating out of our chests !! Gnié...Was it real ? It was cold and rainy and the woman from the security was sad to saw us in the bad weather so she let us come inside and wait in the stairs. After a long, long, loooong time they let us enter in the Opera and..Wow. The place was so so beautiful. Historical. Breathtaking. I had never ever dreamed of seeing Mika in such an amazing place! Of course it was a little bit weird to see an audience wearing masks (black masks!) but it was okay because the most important thing was to realise than music was still alive. Of course when I'm writing I know that I am missing things, details and feelings but it's hard to describe a whole evening just by words, even more because I still can't believe that it happened. But I try to do my best! Mika's family and friends were all there and it was even more unreal to be surrounded by all of those important people. After a while and late (:p) Mika arrived. Just after the musician and the conductor, Mika arrived on stage. In his beautiful suit. Smiling. Happy. Glowing. He was so, so handsome and just..Himself. He thanked us for being here (really Mika ??? Isn't it supposed to be us thanking you ?) and explain us why he was making this show. Laurie and I had the same feeling : It was reminding us a lot of I Love Beirut show. And it was as exquisite as the Beirut show was. And as beautiful. Mika was all smiling and he made some jokes. He told us some stories, told us some things about some songs. I don't want to mention too many things because it HAS to be a surprise for you. It's too beautiful to be spoiled ! But I was surprise -in the good way!- by some songs. It has been a while. He had a choir with him. Max Taylor, his friend Ida. Some guests that he likes. He sang Happy Ending and during a vocal he failed so he laughed and said "Yeah...It's been a while. We're not on tour for too long..As you can see and hear!" then he repeated the song from the beginnning ! He started the show with "Over My Shoulder" and at the end when everything was done he excuse himself and asked us to be patient because the first song had to be recorded again because of a sound issue (not sure about the reason tho!). But I was like "yeah no problem ! You can start from the beginning if you want" Beauregard was there and Theodora too! It was so funny to see the little girl's face and to realise that she was at her first Mika's show ever. So cute. As I said I probably missed a lot of things or details and I'm sorry. It's been two days and it's really hard to let go. How aere we supposed to celebrate Christmas and New Year now as if nothing had happened ? But seriously it was unbelievable. There is some videos and pictures on the internet as you might have seen it. I have nothing because I was enjoying the show fully and they asked us not to record anything. I'm happy to see some footages because it made me realise that it actually happened for real and that it wasn't just a dream! I don't know what I can say anymore. Maybe you have some questions, some requests ? I think some memories will come back in my mind the next few days and I will share it with you guys! In the meantime I hope that you're enjoying this little review. And just know that you were all with us during this show. Mika felt your love, miles away <3
    18 points
  20. After having a couple of days after the concert, I have finally sat down to write my report. The videos and pictures already give a good impression of the atmosphere, but to be actually in the hall was an experience on its own. As a first time Mika-gig-goer this is maybe even extra special. For me the entire weekend was an absolute success, the gig was just a small part of it. I will give you the highlights of why: - On the train a Parisian girl recommended her favourite lunch place: "The Daily Syrian". I considered it a sign, haha! - I was very aware of how lucky and privileged I was to be there. Not only because I won tickets first row (!!), but also because it was the first concert for Mika for a full audience during a global pandemic. It was not only special for me, but I can imagine for him as well; - I have met many MFCers that I only knew digitally so far. Everyone I have met has been open, kind and the atmosphere between us was great. There was a little bit of language barriere, but that didn't seem to bother anyone. Fortunately everyone understands "hand and feet"!! I can honestly say that I have made new friends this weekend: and I think this was the best part; - I was able to enjoy Paris on warm and sunny days! It was supposed to rain in the weekend, but I have not seen one raindrop. When the sun is shining, things are just better; - My morning run before the concert consisted of running past Place de la Concorde, Musée Louvre, Seine, Tour Eiffel, Trocadero, Champs d'Elysees, Arc de Triomphe. I have seen these landmarks without (many) people present, which is an impressive and unique experience on its own; - I think I have improved my French vocabulary with 300%. But only knowing 5 words, that wasn't hard at all, haha! About the day of the concert: - As this concert I had a guaranteed seat in first row, I didn't have to queue. However, I did get a bit of queueing experience (let's call it queueing-light), because I found out the seats in first row were still free seating. I was number 18, my lucky number! - We tried if we could see Mika enter the venue a few hours before the doors would open. Knowing where the artist entrance was, we just arrived at the right time...because THERE HE WAS! This was the VERY FIRST TIME I saw Mika and you know what? I did NOT faint, haha! (I'm so proud of myself!) I did hide behind @mellody’s back though, grinning from ear to ear. That grin still hasn't left my face; - Our "pass sanitaire" was scanned before entering the venue. This was either through an app or printed QR codes. As long as the light turned green on their machine, you were good to go. This went relatively fast, but they did have many people scanning (maybe more than 10 people?); - We received a small goody bag with a voucher for a drink, voucher for a popcorn, a water bottle, earplugs and a LED-baton; - When we arrived on our seats, none of us knew what to expect. We were seated, we were wearing masks, what would the concert look like? What would we be allowed to do? These were special circumstances after all; - During the opening act, we were all still seated and some wore masks, some did not... But we still weren't sure, however, the opening act did loosen the place up a little bit and I don't think anyone was worried anymore at that point. About the concert: - There was a 30 min break between opening act and Mika... And as soon as he entered the stage, we all got up, frantically waved our LED-baton and never took a seat anymore. We danced, we were sweating and we were singing. The atmosphere was good from the start. We were all happy that he was there.. and Mika really seemed to be thrilled to be back; - I was right in front of the stage, it is even closer than a normal gig where there is still a walking barriere for security between the stage and the public... HE WAS SO CLOSE; - My first impression of Mika: he is exactly the way I had imagined he would be. His stage presence, his energy and yes, even the way he looked. Okay, maybe he was more lean than I had thought, but I know the camera "adds 9 lbs", so I wasn't surprised. Still a very handsome man and a talented artist and performer; - Normally I dance, sing and am more active. However, seeing him for the first time, I wanted to take it all in. So I was relatively quiet and was just observing and enjoying the show. I had promised myself not to film bits and pieces of the performance, but I also knew I would regret not doing it. So I did, which made me more timid than I usually am, because I didn't want to ruin my own recording! Haha. - The song I loved most on the setlist: Stuck in the Middle. I love the part where he is singing like a saxophone, it really got the mood up; - The song that impressed me the most on the setlist: Tiny Love Reprise. There was a loud gasp in the audience as his mother's voice came on. It was moving to hear him sing with her for the one or two lines that he did; - Mika left right after the concert, so we didn't get a chance to see him after. This had already been announced by our contact, but we still tried to beat him to it! However, we weren't fast enough. Mika had already left the building. As ticket winners, we had a contact that we could ask questions prior to and during the gig. This is how @Marabwas able to get the two bouquets of flowers to Mika. We had all participated and she had arranged for it all with the florist. Thank you again Mara, they were absolutely lovely and it was great to see Mika was also happy to have received them! The question I had for our contact, was if Mika could sign one of my drawings. I was very aware that a personal signing session would not take place during a pandemic, so I wanted to be gentle about it and kindly asked if our contact could maybe take one of my drawings to Mika's dressing room. He agreed to do this for me. But unfortunately, Mika decided to not sign my drawing...but I will tell you what he did do, tonight in the IG live!
    17 points
  21. As you may already know, "PRIDE" is a term used to promote the self-affirmation, dignity, equality, and increased visibility of lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and queer (LGBTQ) people as a social group. Every year, many cities and countries set aside a period of time to observe and promote Pride, with parades and other events designed to recognize the impact LGBTQ+ people have had in the world. Pride month celebrations take place at different times around the world, but many countries celebrate it in June to commemorate the 1969 Stonewall riots in New York City, a pivotal moment in modern LGBTQ+ social movements. Today is June 1, 2021, marking the first year that Mika Fan Club will be observing Pride Month, with an eye to amplifying the voices of our LGBTQ+ members. While we plan to celebrate Pride all month, we're designating next week, June 6 through June 12, as MFC Pride Week, and will have a number of special activities. Among the highlights will be a few competitions and giveaways, and a PRIDE-themed edition of our weekly Mika Fan Club Instagram Live. If you'd like to participate in MFC's Pride celebration, there are a number of things you can do. For our LGBTQ+ members: if you have a story about how Mika/his music has affected you -- perhaps he's inspired or uplifted you in some way, is part of your coming out story, or possibly just helps you celebrate in your daily life -- please share that with us either here in this thread or on Instagram with the hashtag #MFCPride, and we will share those stories on social media. Additionally, if you are an LGBTQ+ musician or performer who would be interested in performing a short piece for the MFC Insta Live, please let us know. For everyone: if the idea of Pride inspires you to create art of some kind, please share that with us on social media with the hashtag #MFCPride and we'll repost you. And when we say "art" we don't just mean drawing or painting -- it could be photography, dance, poetry, music... you get the idea. Throughout the week, we'll also share some useful resources for LGBTQ+ members and allies.
    17 points
  22. I am watching on the link @Amy hudsone gave above, thank you so much! And I recorded Mika's opening number, uploading it here. TNT en Direct - regarder la TV en direct — Mozilla Firefox 2020-12-31 15-10-46.mp4
    17 points
  23. mikainstagram Très heureux et honoré de jouer prochainement à la @philharmoniedeparis avec l’Orchestre national d’Ile de France. Le retour du live pour tout le monde c'est pour bientôt j’espère et j’ai hâte de vivre avec vous ces 2 soirées uniques et exceptionnelles. Infos sur www.philharmoniedeparis.fr Ouverture billetterie abonnés le 17 mai Ouverture billetterie generale le 8 juin I am honoured to announce that in October I’ll be performing at the @philharmoniedeparis with the National Orchestra of Ile de France. This has been a dream for a long time and I’m so happy that these unique shows come at the time when we can celebrate the return of live music! See you there... philharmoniedeparis.fr (Subscriber tickets 17 May, General Sales 8 June) Link for Saturday: https://philharmoniedeparis.fr/en/activity/concert/22643-mika-symphonique Link for Sunday: https://philharmoniedeparis.fr/fr/activite/concert/23564-mika-symphonique Seating map (categories might vary):
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  24. I also would use the money for flowers and maybe a smaller bouquet also for Simon Leclerc
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  25. This is something we can arrange as Mika Fan Club, shouldn't be a problem. But in the past, what we've done is collected money for the flowers here and then we order them and have the florist deliver them to the dressing room. Often, everyone is so generous we've had enough money to send a nice bottle of champagne or wine as well. You're right that the pandemic may complicate things, but I'm sure we can find a way to get something to him. And I think we absolutely should do it! Obviously, you can do it as an individual or in smaller groups, too -- that's up to you. I'll definitely have my button with me, but you're right -- it might not be the most sophisticated "look". But I will wear it to any other MFC gatherings we might have outside of the concerts!
    16 points
  26. So many questions about an MFC presale that we can't answer yet! We'll post as soon as we have confirmation with all the details that we hope will answer everything you want to know!
    16 points
  27. 15 points
  28. One other note now, to aid in your planning. We were able to change the departure time to 3pm (15.00) on Sunday. We will need everyone there about 20 (14.40) minutes beforehand to start boarding. More details to follow!
    15 points
  29. So I finally uploaded all my videos in my previous post. The only one I didn't upload again is the one of Love Today because it's mostly dark and you can just hear him, but I included the link to my IGTV video instead. Anyway, here's my report. I arrived in Paris in the afternoon and met up with Nina and Michelle. We had something to eat, had a look at the venue, and went to the Arc de Triomphe, which is in walking distance from the venue and is currently covered in fabric as an art project by Christo. Seems they only finished that the day before and it's just that way for a few weeks, so we were lucky. Around 4 or so we went back to the venue and I thought we could just wait at the artist's entrance on the side, because in the front there's a busy and loud street and lots of people on the small sideway, and we might have a chance of seeing Mika arrive. Nina and Michelle noticed Marc-Olivier Fogiel standing at the artist's entrance, I wouldn't have recognized him, esp. with the mask - so I didn't mind at all standing there, while Nina and Michelle were embarrassed because he was there. A few minutes later, Mika arrived. I saw him arrive by foot, but other fans told me later that he had come on a motorbike and just walked from the motorbike to the entrance. He was wearing a mask and said Hi / Ciao while passing by. For Nina he stopped and greeted her social-distanced with putting fists together. As I was right next to her, I held out my fist as well and got this greeting from him - guess he might not have done it if I hadn't held out my fist, so I regretted it a little afterwards, I certainly didn't want to make him greet me the same way if he didn't intend to. Well, whatever - from what we could see of his face with the mask he looked happy to see us. He went inside quickly and after that it took me at least an hour to recover from seeing him again, just like that. I had thought we might see him arrive, but I wasn't prepared really, I was in shock. It was a mix of total happiness to have seen him and some sort of feeling of "what, that was it, the big reunion I had waited for since 1,5 years?!" ... haha that's what happens when you make up in your mind scenarios of how it might be to finally see him again and then you just have to process the fact that it's not that special but just normal. But also special. Lol, I can't describe it, but it's similar to what I felt after the gig, or even during the gig. It was all I had expected and hoped for and at the same time it wasn't at all what I had expected. Even tho I tried not to have any expectations at all, I mean, really, it was just so fab to see him again and be at a gig again, we had no idea before we saw the setlist that it'd be an actual full gig, we thought maybe a few acoustic songs. Maybe my feelings can be described with what he sings in Tiny Love, "it isn't bursting into song in central park, it's a don't know what they're missing kind of love". Anyway, about the gig. At the door the bags were searched and they checked the health pass, then we got wristbands and a bag with a bottle of water, earplugs and a light - the ones you see in some of my videos. The blinking looked rather annoying when I first tried out the light, so I wasn't sure people would use it during the gig. They did, a lot, and it looked nice with all the different colours. Mine was blue, fitting to my blue dress. But I didn't use it that much, I was worried I'd hit Mika or the other fans with it. There was a video on repeat during the waiting time, with Amex advertising, and in between showing a big picture of Mika. At some point a woman came on stage and said a few words, then the support act started. It was a female French singer, was nice to listen to. After that there was ca. 30 minutes pause, and then the lights went out again... We had seen on the setlist that Mika would start with Lollipop, that was quite a surprise - and even more surprising that he started by talking. He did the "waking up" thing that instantly reminded me of the Lollipop intro at some gigs on the Revelation tour. Throughout the show he repeated several elements of the last tour, I think he also said at some point something like he's starting off again now where his last tour ended in Melbourne. But he slightly changed those elements. You could tell he had put some thought into this, to make it feel familiar but still like something new. Also the lights, like at the indeed concert. The layer of lights on the top made the ceiling of the venue seem lower, almost like at a small club. We all know how over time his shows are building up and changing, when he's touring he has such a good feeling for what works and what doesn't. What he did worked well but it was obvious that it was only the beginning, it was trying out, having fun together, and just enjoying the fact that gigs can happen again at all. And this feeling, of being at a gig again, a real gig, a Mika gig, that was what stood out most to me. Not so much Mika himself, seeing him, having eye contact - tho he did make eye contact with the crowd a lot, in fact, but it felt different than on the last tour. And my experience didn't feel so much like "I have missed you", but more like "I have missed this", although I've missed him a lot during the pandemic. Do I even make sense? Lol! As you can see in my videos, during Relax he did something similar to what he had done for Underwater on his last tour, making the crowd sing just with gestures. For Popular song he spontaneously got a choir on stage from the audience - he asked for people who knew the lyrics well. I didn't raise my hand, first of all because I wasn't so sure of the lyrics anymore (it looked like those on stage weren't either tho, lol!) and secondly, because in my dress I wouldn't have wanted to go on stage. It was a blue summer dress, but a really long one, so it looked kinda elegant - and it definitely wouldn't have fitted to the people who were on stage ... they might not have been the best choir but they definitely looked very cool! And for EMD he said the crowd was his dancing partner. What I missed a little was him singing Happy Ending off-mic, but I suppose that wouldn't have worked with the new guitarist. I hope that Tim will come back for the next gigs. Of Mika's old band it was just Max and Wouter. I'm not sure if the sound guy was new as well, but he first didn't play Joannie's voice in Tiny Love Reprise, he started it too late. You can see that in my video, Mika looked very annoyed. But then her voice was there and Mika sang as well, together with his Mum. It was such a moving and personal moment that I wasn't able to film it. You can see in my video how I wasn't able to hold the camera straight anymore, then I stopped filming and started again only after a few moments. It was definitely the most moving moment of the gig and I still get tears in my eyes when I think of it. I think Mika's voice was shaking too. Anyway the tears that surely some of us cried couldn't be told apart from the sweat on our faces. I thought several times during the gig of Mika's Christmas message, where he said that in 2021 somewhere in the world we'll sing, dance and sweat together again. He was right. Was so nice to get covered in popstar sweat again! So, what else do I remember... the setlist went by much too fast. I'm not sure which was my fave song of the setlist, I guess Tiny Love and Tiny Love Reprise. I also loved hearing SITM, but without the piano intro and the extras that he used to do for it, something was missing for me. It was so short ... and still Mika took longer than they had planned, in advance they said the venue would close at 11 - I think the pause was a bit longer but anyway we only left the venue shortly after 11, so of course it's just my feeling again that it went by too fast. I saw that on the last tour, gigs that both had the same number of songs on the setlist felt completely different to me. Well, time is relative... For Underwater he was wearing a yellow scarf that still had the price tag on it. In my first SITM video you can see how he notices it, rips off the tag and gives it to a fan, that was pretty funny. I loved Mika's outfits, that blue fringe jacket he wore for the first 2 songs was just awesome! And also the blue outfit from the indeed gig, and the pink outfit he wore for the encore - and the "Hope" necklace! I had never paid much attention to it in the past, but during the pandemic it got a special meaning for me, as Mika was talking about hope several times in interviews and also wore the necklace a few times. Anyway, during Big Girl (I think) the necklace broke and burst into a fireworks of beads. The "Hope" writing itself is still in once piece, I think - it seems to be made of some fabric, like ropes. But the necklace with the beads is broken. Maybe he'll get a new one for the Hope writing. At the end of the show I took one of the beads from the stage, a green one, so I have my own little bit of hope to carry with me everywhere. I usually don't collect so much Mika stuff, especially never cared much about personal items of him, like t-shirts he threw in the crowd or something like that... but the bead from this particular necklace has a special meaning to me, because of Mika giving us hope during the pandemic, and this gig was just everything I had hoped for during the last 1,5 years. Ok you can see my thoughts about this gig experience still aren't very organized, it was simply overwhelming. And I'm very glad I had this before the symphonic gigs so maybe I can enjoy those more without being completely overwhelmed. I filmed and photographed more than I had originally planned, I wanted to just enjoy the gig... but I also remembered how during the pandemic I was so happy to have my recordings from the Revelation tour, I think this made me use my camera a lot more often than I had intended to. Ok and I think that's it for now. After the gig I was done. I was tired because I had gotten up at 5am that morning and, as I said, just so overwhelmed by it all. Sorry to everyone who tried to talk with me after the gig, I guess I was pretty absent. Maybe good that Mika was already gone when we went outside and gathered at the artist's entrance... if he had tried to talk with me, I'd probably just have stared at him, unable to say a word, lol! Anyway it was so good to see you all again, or for the first time!
    15 points
  30. Yes, I guess it's time for me to start collecting money! I'll be starting that in the next day or two!
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  31. I can’t believe it myself yet, but… I’m one of the winners! I won two tickets!!! There was a message on Mika’s Facebook on Wednesday that the winners had been messaged and that they should check their hidden messages in Facebook from someone with the initials “A.P.” I had no idea what a hidden message was, so I just looked it up on Google and I figured that messages that people who are not in your contacts, will appear as a “message request” and are therefore hidden from you. SO I HAD A MESSAGE! I AM STILL SHAKING!!!! I have no tickets in my hand yet, I am still wondering if I’m still dreaming. I can’t believe it. I can’t believe it! And in case anyone was wondering: the draw wasn’t the 19th, it was Mikasoon apparently the Monday after
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  32. We did that already in Barcelona in 2015 For this one I agree with @mellody, we should simply enjoy every second of the concert and don't bother with complicated fanactions. There's also the covid situation and the amount of papers that is wasted afterwards, hearts with our hands would be perfect, IMO
    15 points
  33. Some fans having "Friends circle" tickets could see the plan of the venue with places already sold - or I would say - blocked for sale. They say that all front rows on the parter and the balcony are "taken". I suppose that part of them are block for MFC. So we still have to wait.... On the other hand I think that fans constantly calling the guys in the Philharmonie about Mika concert drived them crazy They have to think "never again Mika in our venue!!!!"
    15 points
  34. OK, here we go: Libano, che cosa ne fai dei tuoi figli? Una donna di spalle su una terrazza affacciata sul porto di Beirut. A test bassa, distoglie lo sguardo dalle rovine che vede all'orizzonte. Dopo nove mesi dalla micidiale esplosione che ha seminato caos e desolatione nella mia citta natale, questa foto di Gian marco Maraviglia si comporta come un'allegoria del Libano. Questa donna distoglie lo sguardo per non vergognarsi. Come tanti altri, come a volte anchi'ioi sono tentato di fare. Provo vergogna per questo stato che porta all rovinea un paradiso, vergogna per isuoi capi. Provo vergogna in nome di queste donne, di questi bambini, di questi vecchi, di questi profughi traditi e abbandonati. All'indomani del 4 agosto 2020, il premier dimissionario (hassan Diab, ndr) ha detto forte e chiaro: "I responsabili saranno tenuti a rendere conto". Lebanon, what do you do with your children? A woman from behind on a terrace overlooking Beirut harbor. Head down, she looks away from the ruins she sees on the horizon. Nine months after the deadly explosion that sowed chaos and desolation in my hometown, this photo by Gianmarco Maraviglia acts like an allegory of Lebanon. This woman looks away so as not to be ashamed. Like so many others, as I am sometimes tempted to do. I am ashamed of this state that leads to the ruin of a paradise, ashamed of its leaders. I feel ashamed in the name of these women, of these children, of these old men, of these betrayed and abandoned refugees. The day after August 4, 2020, the outgoing premier (Hassan Diab, ed) said loud and clear: "Those responsible will be held accountable". Invece, nove mesi dopo e lui che continua a gestire ancora gli affari quotidiani mentre il giudice istruttore incaricato delle indagini e stato rimosso. Questa parodia della giustizia e come una seconda espolosione, una seconda morte per le vittinme e le loro famiglie. Il mio Paese sta morendo e is suoi figli si ritrovano tenuti in ostaggio, paralizzati dalla sfortuna, storditi dai disastri: il porto, il coronavirus e las crisi economica. Piu di 200 morti e migliaia di feriti dop l'apocalisse, piu di mse mila morti a causa del Covid-19 nell'ultimo anno, un suicidio ogni due giorni e mezzo, una media che e aumentata a causa della disfatta economica. Dietro questi numeri ci sono donne, uomini con la loro storia, la loro forza e la loro debolezza. Instead, nine months later he is still managing daily affairs while the judge in charge of the investigation has been removed. This parody of justice is like a second explosion, a second death for the victims and their families. My country is dying and its children find themselves held hostage, paralyzed by bad luck, stunned by disasters: the port, the coronavirus and the economic crisis. More than 200 dead and thousands of injured after the "apocalypse", more than a thousand deaths due to Covid-19 in the last year, a suicide every two and a half days, an average that has increased due to the defeat of the economy. Behind these numbers are women, men with their history, their strengths and their weaknesses. Questi sono i miei fratelli che lottano solo per avere un posto dove viver, mangiare, essere accuditi. La carestia incombe. Anche l'iconica focaccia al timo ha visto il suo prezzo moltiplicato per cinque mentre le etichette dei prezzi nei pochi negozi rimastic aperti cambiano piu volte al giorno. Un impiegato statale che qualche mese fa guadagnava 1.450 euro oggi ne porta a casa solo 145 in piue. Di fronte a questa realta, le manifestzioni popolari dell'autunno 2019 appaiono distanti: quanto sono lontae... Certo alcuni manfestanti coraggiosi continuano in certi giorni a bloccare le strade che portano a Beirut o a marciare innalzando cartelli protesta. Non hanno pie nienta da perdere. Gli e stato portato via tutto, anche le loro lacrime, le loro risate, la loro dignita. Io sono lontano da loro e li ammiro. Ma un popolo in ginocchio non si rialza. E invece, per prima cosa deve levarsi in piedi, vede la luce all fine della sua oscura vita quotidiana per evitare che accada il peggio. These are my brothers and sisters who are struggling only to have a place to live, eat, be looked after. Famine looms. Even the iconic thyme focaccia has seen its price multiplied by five as the price labels in the few remaining shops open change several times a day. A civil servant who a few months ago earned 1,450 euros today brings home only 145 more. Faced with this reality, the popular demonstrations of autumn 2019 appear distant: how far away they are ... Certainly some brave demonstrators continue on certain days to block the roads leading to Beirut or to march with protest signs. They have nothing to lose. Everything has been taken away from them, even their tears, their laughter, their dignity. I am far from them and I admire them. But a people on their knees do not get up. Instead, they first have to stand up, see the light at the end of his dark daily life to prevent the worst from happening. Il mio paese sta morendo e la comunità internazionale chiude un occhio. Emmanuel Macron nella sua visita a Beirut ha citato il poet Arthur Rimbaud: "Non abbiamo il diritto di restar seduti", un proposito difficile da difendere in un Paese che non e suo contro l'inerzia di una classe dirigente corrotta troppo impegnata a contare le sue mazzette di biglietti verdi. Anche quando rimarranno solo le ceneri nel Paese dei cedri, loro saranno li ancora a battersi solor per aumentare il loro bottino. Quando ero bambino mia madre continuava a dirmi che nonostante tutti gli sconvolgimenti avvenuti nella sua storia, per affrontare le ripetute agonie il Libano ha sempre fatto tutto quello che occorreva fare per apparirie frivolo. Oggi ho paura che la mia terra e le mie radici siano andta via con lei. Lo ammeto, a volte dubito di questa profezia. Perche penso: e se dietro la paura e la rabbia, il coraggio e la resilienza non fossero piu una cura miracolosa? E se "Beirut la magnifica" non riuscisse a vincere i suoi nemici che la divorano? Non riesco a rassegnarmi. Con questo testo vorrei trasformarmi in un modesto megafono per tutti color che non parlano pie, per tutti coloro che non riusciamo piu ad ascoltare. Invito gli abitanti del Libano, i politici del Paese e tutti color che lo amano, ilibanesi che abitano nella diaspora, la comunita internazionale e le organizzazioni umanitarie ad agire al loro posto. Non lasciamo che un Paese muoia. Non lasciamo che i predatori vincano. E urgente cambiare il sistema politico, scriver e firmare un nuovo contratto sociale. Assumiamocene la responsabilita noi che siamo i figli del Libano. I suoi figli cresciuti. My country is dying and the international community turns a blind eye. Emmanuel Macron in his visit to Beirut quoted the poet Arthur Rimbaud: "We do not have the right to remain seated", a difficult proposition to defend in a country that is not his against the inertia of a corrupt ruling class too busy counting his wads of green bills. Even when only the ashes remain in the land of cedars, they will still be there fighting only to increase their loot. When I was a child my mother kept telling me that despite all the upheavals in its history, Lebanon has always done everything it takes to appear light-hearted to face the repeated agonies. Today I am afraid that my land and my roots have gone away with her. I admit it, sometimes I doubt this prophecy. Because I think: what if behind fear and anger, courage and resilience were no longer a miracle cure? What if "Beirut the Magnificent" fails to overcome her enemies who devour her? I can not resign myself. With this text I would like to transform myself into a modest megaphone for all those who do not speak piously, for all those who can no longer listen. I invite the inhabitants of Lebanon, the country's politicians and all those who love it, the Lebanese who live in the diaspora, the international community and humanitarian organizations to act in their place. Let's not let a country die. Let's not let the predators win. It is urgent to change the political system, to write and sign a new social contract. Let us, who are the children of Lebanon, take responsibility for it. Its grown children.
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  35. Hello, I'm Liam; I am 21 years old and I live in France. I have been a fan of Mika approximately since Relax was released. I am a little nervous to introduce myself here as I don't really know many people, but I hope I will be able to chat with some of you in the future. Mika has been a great inspiration for me ever since I was a child, and it would be really nice to talk with people who can relate to my admiration for him. I am autistic and I hope it won't be a problem with anyone, but if I sometimes say something that comes off as rude, it is never my intention and you are welcome to tell me about it so that I can correct myself. Thank you everyone and I wish you all a good day/night
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  36. The trip should end where it begins, at the quay located near the foot of the Eiffel Tower. I'm sorry we won't see you on the boat! A unique location at the foot of the Eiffel Tower Port de Suffren - 75007 Paris 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 Car Access Paid parking (€8/hour) subject to availability. Vehicle access via Pont de Bir-Hakeim, left bank. (Although I think we get free parking, if anyone is driving -- I'll check again.) BUT... This brings me to a situation that is a bit awkward. Several fans who said they were interested in the boat ride, but did not get their payments in before we reached capacity for various reasons, are now unfortunately unable to join us due to the limit on the number of passengers. I really thought we would have plenty of spaces for everyone who was interested, but your interest far exceeded expectations! So... knowing that plans often change, I'm going to start a "wait list." This way, if anyone discovers they can't make the boat, they can let me know and I can refund their money, then substitute in the person at the top of the wait list. I'm really sorry that we cannot accommodate everyone who wants to go, but it's a safety issue, and a legal one. If you would like to be placed on the wait list, please let me know -- send me a private message here. Thanks. Also, one more thing. Plans are under way for a get-together on Saturday night before the concert. We'll be posting details about that here on the forum in the next day or two, so keep your eyes open for that!
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  37. OK, I'm both sorry and surprised to have to say that the MFC Tour Boat has reached maximum capacity! We are at the legal limit, in fact. Now we have to pray for nice weather, because if it rains, no one will be outside on the top deck, we will all be huddled in the covered section! I have to admit, I wasn't sure if we would get enough passengers -- and I am totally surprised at your enthusiasm and response to this little event. Thank you all so much! I will be making final payment today! Just 24 days away now!
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  38. OK, multiquote isn't working properly for me today. But I wanted to say that I want to spend lots of time with MFCers AND I want to see the city, because, as I mentioned the other day, I haven't been to Paris in actual decades! But I am staying until Tuesday, so I could sightsee on my own on Monday. I don't need to go to the Louvre, but I would like to see the Eiffel Tower and the Arc de Triomphe and Montmartre and... well, I just want to be a tourist, I guess. But maybe I could take a bus -- a TOUR BUS! -- on Monday and do it all then! So I am fairly flexible Friday through Sunday for sure.
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  39. I share some photos and videos I made at Mika’s private concert at the Salle Pleyel in Paris. I found a woman who shared her tickets with me and I was able to attend the event. It was wonderful to see Mika and his band back on stage after almost two years. I loved every single performance and the energy and magic that was created immediately with the audience. It was my birthday weekend and it was an immense joy to celebrate together! In the afternoon with some fans we met Mika who was going to rehearsals and after the concert, while we were going back to the hotel, we greeted and thanked the musicians: Wouter, Max, Clément and Alban. I will never forget this birthday and this gig. 20210918_214744_1.mp4 20210918_222655_1.mp4 20210918_223735_2.mp4 20210918_230019_1.mp4
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  40. I don't want to spoil Mellody's videos Just a quick translation of what Mika said during Love Today: "When we were in Australia our tour had to stop. We were supposed to go to Seoul, Japan... but we all know what happened. Tonight in this iconic venue we restart where we stopped. Our last concert in Melbourne was almost 2 years ago... now we restart... after this concert there will be a new album, a tour in US, some small Coachella's ... but before all this when I count to 3, I want to see all here jumping with your hands up!"
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  41. Hey everybody, I've been told that the way we have our login set now poses a security issue and that we should change it. I wanted to give you a warning before I made the changes. Currently, when you login, you can use either your display name (for me that would "dcdeb") or your email address, plus your password. Apparently allowing the use of display names is the problem. According to the warning issued by our Tech Support people, "display names are public information and malicious users may attempt to login to multiple accounts with common passwords until they find an account for which the passwords work." I've been told that I should change the process so that you can only login with your email address plus your password. I'll make the change over the weekend, so that starting Monday, if you need to log in, you will only be able to by using your email address plus your password. Any questions? Feel free to ask me here!
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  42. Can’t believe we will all see eachother in Paris!!!!!!!
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  43. I DID IT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I don't know which places as I was too scared the website would kick me out so I just confirmed and confirmed and confirmed Thank you guys!!! Fighting with you gave me the strenght not to give up!!! Now, finger crossed !!!!!!!!!!!!!
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  44. REPLAY Le variété - Épisode 07 Dailymotion links 1 TVA Le variété - Épisode 07 (Segment 1) 2 TVA Le variété - Épisode 07 (Segment 2) 3 TVA Le variété - Épisode 07 (Segment 3) 4 TVA Le variété - Épisode 07 (Segment 4) 5 TVA Le variété - Épisode 07 (Segment 5) 6 TVA Le variété - Épisode 07 (Segment 6) 7 TVA Le variété - Épisode 07 (Segment 7) 8 TVA Le variété - Épisode 07 (Segment 8) 9 TVA Le variété - Épisode 07 (Segment 9)
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  45. le Parisien.fr Mika en concert à l’Opéra royal de Versailles : «Il ne faut surtout pas oublier 2020…» Par Pauline Conradsson Le 4 février 2021 à 12h10 C'est un lieu secret et préservé. Rares sont les musiciens autres que classiques à s'être produits à l'Opéra royal de Versailles, inauguré pour le mariage de Marie-Antoinette et du futur Louis XVI. Mika, lui, a eu ce privilège. Son concert acoustique au cœur du château, est diffusé ce vendredi 5 février sur France 5 à 20h55. Tout en délicatesse, lumières tamisées, dans ce décor en bois et dorures, le chanteur américain d'origine libanaise livre une performance intime et intense, accompagné par des musiciens classiques. L'ex-jury de The Voice, de passage dans la capitale, a accepté de nous raconter cette expérience. Autour d'un thé fumant, bien fort comme les aime ce Londonien d'adoption, il évoque aussi ses souvenirs, son travail, cette année 2020 si particulière et la disparition de sa mère présente à ce concert pas comme les autres. Comment est née l'idée d'un concert à l'Opéra royal de Versailles ? MIKA. J'avais aperçu cette salle à travers la porte, un jour où je visitais le château. Ça paraissait inaccessible, interdit, pour les gens du rock ou de la pop. Après ma collaboration au feu d'artifice du 31 décembre tiré à Versailles, France Télévisions et le château m'ont proposé de poursuivre ensemble en créant ce récital étonnant. Qu'est ce qui vous a plu dans cette expérience ? C'était pur. Il n'y avait aucun instrument amplifié, on n'a même pas branché une guitare. L'oreille prend du temps à s'accoutumer. Au début, on pense que tout est trop bas, parce qu'on est habitué à avoir tout trop fort. Puis tout d'un coup, chaque geste devient important, on ressent tout, la tristesse, la joie. Tout devient plus puissant. Dans ce spectacle, vous parlez de votre famille, et notamment de votre mère, qui a inspiré plusieurs de vos chansons ? Toute ma famille était présente à ce concert (enregistré courant décembre, NDLR) et même ma mère, qui m'a formée, était là, en chaise roulante. D'une certaine manière, je faisais ce concert pour elle… elle est partie peu de temps après… certainement fière de celui que j'étais devenu… me léguant la même exigence pour la suite… ne jamais céder à la facilité, continuer à défricher de nouveaux horizons créatifs… c'est ce qu'elle m'a transmis. Vous chantez avec un chœur gospel, accompagné de musiciens classiques. Entre les chansons, vous parlez de votre vécu. C'est très personnel et en même temps, très soigné… Les opportunités sont tellement rares en ce moment que si on a la possibilité de faire un concert, ça doit être différent et impeccable. Proposer quelque chose que j'ai déjà fait, ce serait presque insultant. Pour l'occasion, j'ai voulu faire un récital, du sur-mesure pour l'endroit. Et ça me permettait de revenir à mes racines musicales, le classique. C'est donc par la musique classique que vous avez commencé ? Je n'en parle pas trop, mais le classique c'est une énorme partie de ma vie, et pour la première fois, je peux faire un pont entre la pop et le classique, de manière très claire. J'ai été renvoyé de l'école à 8 ans. Pour régler mes problèmes avec le système scolaire, ma mère a voulu que je trouve une autre discipline pour m'épanouir. J'avais une professeur russe, pour la technique, qui me criait dessus en russe. Et ma mère pour l'interprétation, qui me faisait lire des poésies en italien, en allemand, en latin. Tout ça, quatre heures par jour. Je pleurais tous les jours, tellement c'était dur. Mais quelques mois plus tard, j'ai été engagé pour chanter sur la scène de l'opéra royal de Londres. Et ça a été mon travail, de 8 à 15 ans. La moitié du temps, j'allais à l'école, et l'autre, je chantais. Et vous n'avez pas été tenté par une carrière dans la musique classique ? Si. Après le lycée, j'ai voulu entrer au conservatoire de Londres, le Royal College of Music, en chant lyrique, mais je n'ai pas été reçu. Il n'y avait que cinq places pour 3000 candidats. Alors je suis allé à la London School of Economics (une université londonienne, NDLR). J'arrive le premier jour. Je suis dans la pièce, en train d'écouter le cours. Je regarde les lumières, froides et bleues, la pièce, toute neuve, qui sentait comme une nouvelle paire de baskets, et je me dis : « C'est tout ce que je déteste, cette odeur, cette lumière. Moi, j'aime la poussière, j'aime quand c'est vieux et décrépit, et qu'on remplit la pièce avec nos rêves. » Je suis sorti et je suis retourné au conservatoire. J'ai attendu dehors que le directeur des études vocales sorte. Je l'ai suivi jusqu'à sa voiture pour le supplier de m'accorder une nouvelle audition. Il a trouvé ça drôle, osé, et m'a donné un rendez-vous. Et j'ai finalement été reçu. Et c'est là que vous rencontrez votre amie, la soprano suédoise Ida Falk-Winland, qui est sur scène avec vous à Versailles… Oui, elle voyait que je chantais moins que les autres, car je me sentais clairement un niveau en dessous. Un jour, elle me dit : « Mais qu'est-ce que tu fais là, toi, en fait ? » Je lui ai dit que j'écrivais, mais autre chose. Je lui ai fait écouter mes chansons. Elle a aimé, et elle a accepté de faire les chœurs. C'est aussi au conservatoire que j'ai trouvé une violoncelliste, un trompettiste, un percussionniste. Tous jouaient sur mes maquettes, mais en secret. Et moi, pour payer ces séances d'enregistrement, je travaillais comme serveur. Un jour, j'ai présenté mes maquettes à une maison de disques et j'ai eu un contrat. Ça m'a permis de faire mon premier album, « Life in Cartoon Motion ». Quand j'ai annoncé au directeur que je m'en allais, il a ri comme un fou, en disant : « Je savais que tu allais casser les règles. Tu vas sortir d'ici de la même manière que tu y es entré ! » Dans ce concert, vous chantez plusieurs titres de votre premier album. Quel regard porte le Mika d'aujourd'hui sur celui qui se lançait, en 2007 ? Je me retrouve totalement dans la personne qui monte des spectacles, qui crée sans peur et raconte des histoires. Une partie de moi n'a pas changé, et j'en suis fier. Ce qui a été difficile, c'est d'affronter des changements de vie, quand la musique devient un métier. On finit par s'endurcir. Il y a quelques années, je me suis rendu compte que je trouvais moins de plaisir dans les choses, c'était devenu plus difficile de jouer, de rire, de s'enthousiasmer. Je me suis promis de changer. Si on perd la curiosité, la capacité à s'émerveiller, on perd le bonheur. Vous avez dû interrompre la tournée de votre dernier album « My name is Mickael Holbrook », à cause de la crise sanitaire. Pensez-vous la reprendre quand tout sera fini ? Non, je veux me tourner vers autre chose, je suis trop impatient. J'ai pris la décision il y a quelques jours de détruire le décor de la tournée. Il était à Londres dans un entrepôt. Ce n'est pas possible de recommencer. La vie a changé, et nous aussi. Comment avez-vous vécu cet arrêt brutal ? Ça a été très douloureux au début. Je devais commencer mes dates en Asie quand tout s'est arrêté. C'était ma plus grosse tournée depuis 2008. Et puis, plusieurs membres de ma famille avaient attrapé le Covid, à Paris. Finalement, je suis allé dans l'appartement de mon compagnon, à Athènes. Là-bas, j'ai commencé à lire, à apprendre l'arabe, suivre des cours en ligne de philosophie comparée, de relations internationales avec des professeurs d'universités prestigieuses. Ça a duré quatre mois. J'ai aussi passé du temps à faire le ménage dans la maison. J'adore ça, surtout passer l'aspirateur. Je fais toujours ça quand je dois réfléchir, régler des problèmes. En fait, pendant cette période, j'ai réévalué la banalité. Et finalement, ce qui semble banal, c'est fondamental et extraordinaire. Il y a eu le Covid, mais aussi l'explosion à Beyrouth pour laquelle vous avez organisé un concert de solidarité qui a permis de récolter 1 million d'euros. Est-ce que cette année écoulée vous a changé ? Beaucoup de gens ont dit qu'il fallait oublier 2020. Pour moi, il ne faut surtout pas oublier. 2020 m'a apporté une incroyable liberté créative. Normalement, je fais une chose, puis l'autre, sur un chemin tout tracé. Là, je suis sans mon label, il n'y a pas de système autour de moi. Les artistes sont souvent pris dans ce piège. Etre autant déstabilisé m'a permis de regarder autour et voir qu'il y avait d'autres façons de faire les choses, d'autres opportunités. C'est fondamental, ça ouvre la porte au futur. Est-ce que vous avez peur de devenir ringard ? Je ne pense jamais à plaire. Je m'en fiche. Etre un artiste, c'est avant tout rester intéressant pour soi-même. Pour ça, il faut évoluer, se réinventer, se remodeler sans cesse, comme de l'argile. Moi, je cherche à m'amuser. Quand je fais de la musique c'est pour oublier les règles du monde, les valeurs mises en avant par la société, les codes, les frontières. Je crée à partir de zéro, ça me donne une liberté totale, ça me fait me sentir un super-héros. Ecrire une chanson, pour moi, c'est comme le moment le plus fort d'une nouvelle histoire d'amour, ça me donne ce sentiment-là, c'est comme une drogue. C'est ça, ma motivation. Qu'allez-vous faire maintenant ? Maintenant, je veux écrire, j'ai tout juste commencé. Je veux mélanger les genres encore plus, du classique, avec de la pop, peut-être même aller vers l'électro. Je veux rester fidèle à l'éclectisme profond qu'il y a dans ce que je fais et suivre la curiosité là où elle va m'emmener. Mika in concert at the Royal Opera of Versailles: "We must not forget 2020 ..." By Pauline Conradsson February 4, 2021 at 12:10 p.m. It is a secret and preserved place. Few other than classical musicians have performed at the Royal Opera of Versailles, inaugurated for the wedding of Marie-Antoinette and the future Louis XVI. Mika, he had this privilege. His acoustic concert in the heart of the castle, is broadcast this Friday February 5 on France 5 at 8:55 pm. All in delicacy, subdued lights, in this wooden and gilding decor, the American singer of Lebanese origin delivers an intimate and intense performance, accompanied by classical musicians. The former jury of The Voice, passing through the capital, agreed to tell us about this experience. Around a steaming tea, very strong as this adopted Londoner likes them, he also evokes his memories, his work, this very special year 2020 and the disappearance of his mother present at this concert like no other. How did the idea for a concert at the Royal Opera of Versailles come about? MIKA. I had seen this room through the door one day when I was visiting the castle. It seemed inaccessible, forbidden, for people of rock or pop. After my collaboration with the December 31 fireworks shot in Versailles, France Télévisions and the castle suggested that I continue together by creating this astonishing recital. What did you like about this experience? It was pure. There was no amplified instrument, we didn't even plug in a guitar. The ear takes time to get used to. At the beginning, we think that everything is too low, because we are used to having everything too strong. Then all of a sudden, each gesture becomes important, you feel everything, the sadness, the joy. Everything becomes more powerful. In this show, do you talk about your family, and especially your mother, who inspired several of your songs? All my family was present at this concert (recorded in December, Editor's note) and even my mother, who trained me, was there, in a wheelchair. In a way, I was doing this concert for her… she left soon after… certainly proud of the one I had become… bequeathing me the same demand for the future… never giving in to the easy way, continuing to clear the land new creative horizons… that's what she passed on to me. You sing with a gospel choir, accompanied by classical musicians. Between songs, you talk about your experience. It's very personal and at the same time, very neat ... The opportunities are so rare right now that if you have the opportunity to do a concert, it must be different and impeccable. To suggest something that I have already done would be almost insulting. For the occasion, I wanted to do a recital, tailor-made for the place. And it allowed me to go back to my musical roots, the classic. So it was with classical music that you started? I don't talk about it too much, but classical is a huge part of my life, and for the first time, I can bridge pop and classical, in a very clear way. I was kicked out of school when I was 8. To solve my problems with the school system, my mother wanted me to find another discipline to flourish. I had a Russian teacher, for technique, who yelled at me in Russian. And my mother for the interpretation, who made me read poems in Italian, German, Latin. All this, four hours a day. I cried every day, it was so hard. But a few months later, I was hired to sing on the stage of the Royal London Opera. And that has been my job, from 8 to 15 years old. Half the time I was going to school, and the other half I was singing. And you haven't been tempted by a career in classical music? Yes. After high school, I wanted to enter the London Conservatory, the Royal College of Music, in lyric singing, but I was not accepted. There were only five places for 3000 applicants. So I went to the London School of Economics (a London university, editor's note). I arrive on the first day. I'm in the room, listening to the lesson. I look at the lights, cold and blue, the room, brand new, that smelled like a new pair of sneakers, and I think to myself, “That's all I hate, that smell, that light. Me, I like dust, I like when it's old and decrepit, and that we fill the room with our dreams. I left and returned to the conservatory. I waited outside for the director of vocal studies to come out. I followed him to his car begging him to give me another hearing. He thought it was funny, daring, and gave me a date. And I was finally received. And that's where you meet your friend, the Swedish soprano Ida Falk-Winland, who is on stage with you in Versailles… Yes, she could see that I sang less than the others, because I clearly felt a level below. One day, she said to me: "But what are you doing here, actually? I told her I was writing, but something else. I made her listen to my songs. She liked it, and she agreed to do the backing vocals. It was also at the conservatory that I found a cellist, a trumpeter, a percussionist. They all played on my demos, but in secret. And I, to pay for these recording sessions, I worked as a waiter. One day I presented my demos to a record company and got a contract. It allowed me to make my first album, “Life in Cartoon Motion”. When I told the principal that I was leaving, he laughed like a maniac, saying, “I knew you were going to break the rules. You're going to get out of here the same way you got in! " In this concert, you sing several songs from your first album. What is the view of today's Mika on the one who launched himself in 2007? I totally find myself in the person who puts on shows, who creates fearlessly and tells stories. Part of me hasn't changed, and I'm proud of it. What has been difficult is to face changes in life, when music becomes a profession. We end up hardening. A few years ago, I realized that I found less pleasure in things, it had become more difficult to play, to laugh, to be enthusiastic. I promised myself to change. If we lose curiosity, the ability to be amazed, we lose happiness. You had to interrupt the tour of your last album "My name is Michael Holbrook", because of the health crisis. Do you think you will take it back when it's all over? No, I want to turn to something else, I'm too impatient. I made the decision a few days ago to destroy the set of the tour. It was in London in a warehouse. It is not possible to start over. Life has changed, and so have we. How did you experience this sudden stop? It was very painful at first. I had to start my dates in Asia when it all stopped. It was my biggest tour since 2008. And then, several members of my family had caught the Covid, in Paris. Finally, I went to my companion's apartment in Athens. There I started reading, learning Arabic, taking online courses in comparative philosophy, international relations with professors from prestigious universities. It lasted four months. I also spent time cleaning the house. Love it, especially vacuuming. I always do this when I have to think, solve problems. In fact, during this period, I reassessed the banality. And finally, what seems banal is fundamental and extraordinary. There was the Covid, but also the explosion in Beirut for which you organized a solidarity concert that raised 1 million euros. Has this past year changed you? Many people have said that 2020 should be forgotten. For me, it is important not to forget. 2020 has given me incredible creative freedom. Normally, I do one thing, then the other, on a clear path. There, I am without my label, there is no system around me. Artists are often caught in this trap. Being so unsettled allowed me to look around and see that there were other ways of doing things, other opportunities. It's fundamental, it opens the door to the future. Are you afraid of getting out of date? I never think of pleasing. I do not care. To be an artist is above all to remain interesting for oneself. For that, you have to evolve, reinvent yourself, constantly remodel yourself, like clay. Me, I try to have fun. When I make music it is to forget the rules of the world, the values put forward by society, the codes, the borders. I create from scratch, it gives me total freedom, it makes me feel like a superhero. Writing a song, for me, is like the highlight of a new love story, it gives me that feeling, it's like a drug. This is my motivation. What are you going to do now? Now I want to write, I have just started. I want to mix genres even more, from classical, with pop, maybe even go to electro. I want to stay true to the deep eclecticism that there is in what I do and follow curiosity where it will take me. Paris, le 29 janvier. « Les opportunités sont tellement rares en ce moment que si on a la possibilité de faire un concert, ça doit être différent et impeccable », souligne Mika. LP/Fred Dugit « Etre autant déstabilisé m’a permis de regarder autour et voir qu’il y avait d’autres façons de faire les choses, d’autres opportunités. » /LP/Fred Dugit
    14 points
  46. Hi all, I emerge a bit from the crazy evening of the VIP gig ... I think you’ve seen most of the pics and videos, everywhere...That's why I'll share here, only my highlights: -First, the very cool atmosphere waiting with the fans, and some fans have completely changed, positive since the pandemic! -The meeting of new fans for me, ( I knew their MFC name,or social media name, but not their head ) with easy and warm exchanges . -The bouquet of flower time, organization for ordering and giving (I organized it for the Facebook and MFC winners ,not easy, but mission accomplished!) And Mika was grateful soon after the handover! -The stress and emotion of the 1st row seats (promise kept by Team Mika!) -The incredible adaptation of Mika who has revisited and visited all his songs (new musical arrangements, new rhythms between spoken times and sung times etc...) It wasn't a "warmed up show". -The feeling of having attended a unique and privileged moment for us and especially for him (I had the intuition) because it was the first concert of the revival, after months of abstinence, as he said.We could see it through his smile. -The moment when his Hope necklace broke, a pearl fell on stage,and of course a fan took a pic of this pearl ! -And of course the forgotten scarf price tag that was "jumping and dancing" for a rather long time, in front of us, right over our eyes as we were so close! He gave it to Romy, my friend ... - The emotional slap when we heard the voice of his mother and Mika singing above all in the intimacy of shadow games on the stage ... I was filming and crying at the same time, real suspended moment ...
    13 points
  47. Deb told at the IG live today that there will be no MFC bus, but there will be an MFC boat tour on the Seine in Paris on Sunday.
    13 points
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