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OK Monte Carlo! Show us what you've got ! :bye:

 

 

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De retour de mes vacance ce soir!! Avec un concert publique devant le casino à Monaco! Une belle rentré pour moi!! A ce soir a 22:30!

 

 

Concerto gratuito sta serra nella piazza centrale di fronte al Casino di Monaco, Montecarlo. Ci saranno dei Italiani??!! XX

 

 

Buonaserra!!!!!!!! Mi sveglio dopo due settimane. Good evening1f62e.png1f62e.png1f62e.png Walking Up after two weeks… https://instagram.com/p/6-hA2xziPd/ 

 
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I read on twitter that he asked people in Monaco if they speak French :wink2:

No periscopes sadly....there were two soundchecks ^periscopes by France , but her connection is not good...

Backstage photo on instagram 

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That was a fun night :) Poorly organized though. The security didn't have any plan and they asked the crowd to move here and there many times until the show was almost supposed to start and was rude when everything didn't go smoothly. Well it's difficult to move that many people. The area was packed that time, they told they expected even 5000 people so they should have been better organized and it all left a bit bad taste.

 

Inside the dance floor area everything was fine. We were so lucky to get the passes! I think most fans managed to win in the end. I hope everyone could see well, the stage was quite small.

 

I've always wanted to hear GK in Monaco so I was happy I decided to go. A lot of technical problems, during many songs and probably for that reason a short show. Mika managed to keep up his good energy and the audience seemed to have fun and I enjoyed the gig. I don't know if people further away could even notice the problems so well. Our passes included champagne and a free game so we spent a moment at the Casino after the show. Now on my way home, will post some pics later.

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Thanks Nina, glad it was mostly a good night.

Yes I ended up having a lot fun. The artist before Mika was actually really good (for some reason didn't expect that) so I was in a good mood even before Mika started and I enjoyed the show even they had a lot of little problems on stage. He managed to give a really energetic and positive impression and that's what matters in the end. And we won at the Casino. I'm still amazed and somehow can understand how people get addicted to playing.

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DO NOT read this report if you are interested in Mika only, as you would get disappointed. 

 

My feeling was that a gig in Montecarlo would have been average. And that it would have been a mess.
And I was right, so it can be quite surprising that I'm very happy with having gone.
I didn't want to attend an average gig and to have to struggle for it. So I was like no way. Then the Casino of Montecarlo threw a competition on facebook and I have a thing for competitions I can win. To be honest, I have a thing for winning, who doesn't? 
So yeah, I sent my entry and I won, like another zillion people, which is fine, I don't think I would have won when there would have been only a few passes as a prize. I got a whatsapp message from a friend saying “You won!” and my mobile started to buzz like it was possessed but an evil gigantic bee. I had to mute it, as I was in a meeting at work, and I kept focusing on my job as long as anyone was saying something meaningful. I waited the first pause in the convo to pop out with “I won exclusive passes!”. They gave me the blank stare, but whatever. I multitask, I can focus on a meeting and be happy at the same time. Later in the day, some other coworkers pushed me hard to wear snazzy dresses cause “you can't go to Monaco wearing your usual rags”. The thing is, I love my usual rags. I would feel fake wearing a nice dress. I would be a fraud in a sheath dress. But yeah, I understand that Montecarlo is Montecarlo. Fine, I'll put some heels in my suitcase. But my gigs T-shirt is coming along and so is my doodles - painted backpack. Period.
Once I handled my coworkers, I still needed to face my parents. It's not like I have to ask for permission to anybody, of course. It's just that I love sharing, as you might notice reading this long-ass report. And when you want to share, you need to tell people things. I withheld the Naples gig to my parents for one year, and it was such a pleasure to disclose it to them two weeks ago. It happened too much time ago for them to get mad over it. Anyway, I was not sure about hiding this new gig to them or tell them, so I went for the ancient art of manupulation: “Mum, don't you think that life is short and unpredicatable and we should make the most of it?” - waits for mother to agree. “It's a good thing that we agree about that as I'm going to Montecarlo. Tomorrow.”
The thing appeared sketchy since the very beginning, no one knew what this “Exclusive Dance Floor” was really about. We only knew we would have had access to it. Rumors were spread, hypotesis were done, and the mystery about the legendary Exclusive thingy arose. It was my duty to go and find it out, so I told Sarah to pack and we planned this trip on a very short notice. Thank god she can do logistics pretty well. Her bday happens to be on the 29th of August, every year, so yeah, it made quite an awesome happy Bday gift.
The trip didn't start smoothly: I got a call from work and a double alert on a money withdrawal I just made, so that I had to call the bank to check if someone was scamming me. Then I chose a shortcut to buy some time, but there was some festival and the road I meant to hit was closed. Thank you very much. When I finally got on the highway I was totally relieved, untill Chiara (aka navigator system) tried to make us leave it every 10 kms. She wanted us to visit Turin, Genoa and every town on our way. We finally switched the b*tch off and followed the old good road signs till it Highness Le Principauté de Monaco. I parked in an underground parking garage: maybe they wouldn't have taken my car away for having hit the public decency of the town. Ferrari and Jaguar and some weird super posh cars were all over the place, along with some Audi SUVs, which looked very peasantish there.
I put my heels on out of a mix of bravery and foolishness, and there we went. We reached the very mysterious Exclusive Dance Floor, which appeared not to be set yet. The mystery was still going on and people were a little on the edge. Security didn't know squat about our special passes, which was very comforting. We hit the Café de Paris for we were supposed to get our wristbands there and asked a guy in a suit, who looked at us like we were aliens demanding to conquer the Earth showing some unoficial papers. He called another guy, who gave us the same puzzled stare and they eventually called the director who was like “Ok, I'm going to pretend to know what that's about so that these freaks would keep their coolness”. I swear we were all sweet and polite, as we had no clue about how the rest of the day would have looked like. Had we known it, we would have got our free champagne right away to look for some boldness and strenght.
We got told that we should have got back at about 7 p.m. To get wristabands. (Lie/misleading info #1)
We chilled around a bit, took some pics, bought some water. 4 euros half a litre, but hey, it came with a thermal plastic bag, then we went back to join the other fans. And there, the worst nightmare of a organization freak like me began. Thank god life has done plenty to teach me the awesome art of adjusting and let it go, so I was like “whatever”, but that was the worst mess I've ever seen when it comes to organization. Naples was a hell, ok, but there was no organization at all. We knew it and we dealed with it. In Montecarlo some kind of organization was supposed to rule the whole thing, but the people in charge of it seemed to have no clue about what to do. Here's what I would have done: everybody who would have gone to the Café de Paris would have got their name checked on the list, got a wristband and bye. An official gate would have been set since the morning for those who wanted to wait there. At 20 p.m. I would have opened the gate and let wristbands people in. Easy peasy. 
Instead chaos was ravaging. Funny enough that casino means mess in italian. I never thought about it as an omen. We got told that we would have got our wristbands there, right there (Lie/misleading info #2), so guess what? People were standing there. Surprising. In the meantime the mystery about the Exclusive Dance Floor got solved as they set the bareers: it was between the stage and the VIP balcony. The rest of the audience would have had to stand on the sides as the centre of the square was already full with the dancing floor, the balcony and a huge fountain. Ok, it's a crappy description, just check the pictures to get the idea. The stage itself was teeny tiny and its sides were covered with kind of curtains, so it looked like a box and the view from the side was ew. Huge screens stood on the sides, at least. I realized that my feeling not to get there without a pass was utterly right. And that as long as I had one, I would have been fine, so I wasn't stressed at all. At who-knows o' clock they told us to move ten metres down the street as they were about to gave our wristbands (Lie/misleading info #3), but as people didn't trust the staff any longer, they had to litterally push us over there. We were not a huge crowd but the lack of info had people to behave like we were hundreds. I moved 3 times myself, after having being told (Lie/misleading info #4, 5 and 6). By the end we were so packed that I was gasping for air like a fish out of the water, and I thought that my precious mobile was gone forever, all crashed and jammed (relax everybody, it's safe and sound). We finally were allowed to get in in couples (the winner and their +1), after having our name checked and getting our wristband, which was useless at that point, but it is my first one and I will love it forever.
I think they eventually allowed in even the people without the passes at the end, as there was quite a lot of room for everybody, but I don't actually know. It was perfect, we weren't packed, I was able to dance (heels are evil) at all and the view was woah. I've never been that close to a stage (which doesn't mean we were able to rest our arms on it, but still. It is the best I ever got). I didn't have to wear my glasses and I was still able to see every looks of him, it was awesome to me. It turned an average gig into something I will remember.
We were all singing and enjoying the gig, when that french middle aged woman pushed her way to the front, holding a blue merle Chihuahua in her arms. She tried to take over me in order to show him to Mika like Mufasa did with Simba. I felt an outraged wrath springing from my chest and I swear that tiny dog saved her from getting slapped. I told her that was awful and that she needed to leave, for the dog's sake. She told me that it was fine. Fine my ass. The dog was paralyzed in fear, he was trembling all over, and his eyes were wide open in terror. Imagine how powerful is the dog hearing and how loud is the noise frontrow. Imagine how tiny such a dog is and how he has no choice but undergo to whatever his abusive owner wants to put him through. Imagine to have to live with someone who's supposed to protect you, someone you should be able to rely on, who scares the crap out of you instead just to make Mika notice them. It is a dredful trust betrayal and a real torture. And the worst thing is that she kept saying that everything was fine. I still feel sick thinking about that dog and the life he has to deal with. If she used him in such a cruel way for such a stupid goal, it means that's what she does. I hope that dog will die soon, I don't wish that life to anybody. I couldn't prevent her to hold the traumatized dog in the air, as I would have had to physically take action and I didn't want to hurt the dog. But I totally spiraled, I yelled to her that I am no fool, I'm a dog trainer and she was hurting her dog, who was shocked and paralyzed in fear. I made her leave, but I feel no satisfaction. I'm sure nothing will change for that dog.
Mika didn't even notice it, by the way, for information of any c*nt who is thinking to do the same reading my report.
The gig went on, Mika looked in a good mood till some tech issues happened and he had no choice but play along. We had no encore, I'm not sure if it's about those tech problems or because he wasn't allowed to sing through the midnight.
And then he was gone, but we still had our free champagne and our vouchers for a free gambling, so we went for it. I've never gone to a casinò in my whole life, and it was an interesting thing to do to validate my opinion about it: I really don't get the fun. I mean, I did have fun, cause it's a unsual thing to do and my friends were there, you know. But the thing per se doesn't appeal to me. I have no addictions, and gambling won't be my first one. I have quite the opposite problem: I dive into things and then, once they are achieved, I move on.
So yeah, the whole experience made me happy, I have some good memories (“I wish this was already ended and I was on my couch remember it all” is something I always say) and we even manage to enjoy the see the day after. I forgot my swimming suit, but whatever. Undies are fine.  
 
 
PS #1 I enjoyed listening to the guy before Mika, Charles Pasi, he was good at singing and he did a long medley of Michael Jackson's songs, playing his harmonica. I mean, harmonica! 
 
PS #2 Dear Casino de Montecarlo, just in case you are reading: I promise I am very grateful for this chance and I enjoyed every moment of it. I think it's fair to admit that from people's perspective things went a bit rough. But hey, there's plenty of room for improvement, right? 
 
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I read on twitter that he asked people in Monaco if they speak French :wink2:

 

 

 

He does that every time he knows people from different countries are there. 

He asked for English speakers, French speakers, Italian speakers, Arabic speakers. 

 

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Too bad he skipped some of them, which I like very much  :tears:

 

 I'm still amazed and somehow can understand how people get addicted to playing.

 

:lmfao: Funny that I just wrote the opposite thing in my report. I don't get it at all 

 

I know Ed came back in the band last night,but I read that Joy wasn't there?

 

She was not, indeed. 

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A woman next to me filmed almost the whole gig. I'm sure her videos are in a very good quality, so I hope she will upload them, but I don't know who she was. 

 

 

Sylvie, that was one of the most amazing and funniest reports I ever read :lmfao: Thanks a million :huglove: However I feel totally sorry for that poor dog ...and I'm glad you made its owner leave...

 

Yeah, writing about it killed my mood so the report turned into something serious, I'm sorry for that. I mean, for my report ending up being serious. 

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That was a fun night :) Poorly organized though. The security didn't have any plan and they asked the crowd to move here and there many times until the show was almost supposed to start and was rude when everything didn't go smoothly. Well it's difficult to move that many people. The area was packed that time, they told they expected even 5000 people so they should have been better organized and it all left a bit bad taste.

 

Inside the dance floor area everything was fine. We were so lucky to get the passes! I think most fans managed to win in the end. I hope everyone could see well, the stage was quite small.

 

I've always wanted to hear GK in Monaco so I was happy I decided to go. A lot of technical problems, during many songs and probably for that reason a short show. Mika managed to keep up his good energy and the audience seemed to have fun and I enjoyed the gig. I don't know if people further away could even notice the problems so well. Our passes included champagne and a free game so we spent a moment at the Casino after the show. Now on my way home, will post some pics later.

Totally agree with you , great review. I was among the people shoving... But great Mika!

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