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We’re getting lots of questions about this show, so I thought I’d take a minute to clarify a few things. This is everything that I know so far. Please read on!👇 1️. The livestream will take place on

I have a few more answers about the livestream for you.   You should be able to view "I Love Beirut" from anywhere -- it's a global livestream. So choose which time frame you'd like to watch

According to this article, Mika is doing a live stream benefit concert for Beirut next month:   Mika stages live stream benefit concert ‘I Love Beirut’   Mika announces the ‘I Love

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7 minutes ago, holdingyourdrink said:

Did you get first row too?? Amazing!! We‘re so lucky 🤣

Yep! For the first time ever we are ALL front row! Livestream may not be as good as an actual gig, but hey - every cloud...

  

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7 minutes ago, We-Are-Golden said:

 

Only a bank card, it doesn't work

Why? All the cards are bank cards, it should work. Maybe you need to contact your bank for some settings, I know I did that to be able to use it for online shopping.

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Just now, krysady said:

Why? All the cards are bank cards, it should work. Maybe you need to contact your bank for some settings, I know I did to be able to use it for online shopping.

 

It says that the numbers don't match. I don't use it much for online shopping outside the Netherlands, so I have no idea what I'm doing wrong

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1 minute ago, We-Are-Golden said:

 

It says that the numbers don't match. I don't use it much for online shopping outside the Netherlands, so I have no idea what I'm doing wrong

It's weird, maybe you can make a call to your bank and ask for more info, you never know when you need it

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1 minute ago, We-Are-Golden said:

 

It says that the numbers don't match. I don't use it much for online shopping outside the Netherlands, so I have no idea what I'm doing wrong

So maybe you made a mistake in the card number? And on a backside there is a code (3 or 4 digits) you should put it too.

Try again.

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45 minutes ago, We-Are-Golden said:

Oh no, creditcard only! I don't have one!

I saw that when you buy a ticket for the Japan / Australia timezone and you pay in US $, you can also use Google Pay, if that helps. Maybe there's more options for other currencies?

Otherwise, maybe ask a friend or family member whether you can use their credit card and give them the 10€ in cash?

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:france: INTERVIEW

 
  • Par Stéphanie GuerrinLe 24 août 2020 à 09h28

Explosions de Beyrouth : pour Mika, «un tel désastre appelle à l’action»

 

Profondément affecté par le drame qui s’est produit à Beyrouth, sa ville natale, le chanteur se confie sur le concert caritatif qu’il organise le 19 septembre.

 

Ne surtout pas rester inactif face à la tragédie. Mika, né à Beyrouth en 1983 et dont la maman est libanaise, veut participer à sa manière à l'élan de solidarité envers son pays d'origine, frappé par le drame le 4 août, quand deux explosions ont dévasté la capitale. Il a ainsi annoncé vendredi l'organisation d'un concert au profit des victimes, « I Love Beirut », pour le 19 septembre . Le show sera diffusé en streaming et en direct sur YouTube à travers le monde, depuis son jardin en Toscane (Italie).

A l'occasion de l'ouverture de la billetterie ce lundi 24 août à 10 heures, le chanteur se confie sur ce projet qui lui tient énormément à cœur. Les bénéfices du concert seront reversés aux antennes libanaises de la Croix-Rouge et de Save The Children. En parallèle, un partenariat avec le site GoFundMe permettra de récolter des dons supplémentaires pour ces organisations.

 

Quelles sont les nouvelles de vos proches au Liban ?

 

MIKA. Comme tous les Libanais, nous connaissons des personnes dont la vie a été dramatiquement bouleversée. Mes plus proches n'ont pas été blessés. Mais, dans leur entourage, des amis ont été victimes de l'explosion, certains meurtris dans leur chair, d'autres ont connu des dégâts matériels. Et tous me disent que cette catastrophe est un traumatisme qui laissera des séquelles longtemps.

 

Vous êtes très attaché à vos racines libanaises alors même que vous n'avez vécu au Liban que jusqu'à l'âge d'un an et demi. Comment l'expliquez-vous ?

 

C'est assez fascinant, en fait. Si vous parlez avec quiconque a des origines libanaises, tout le monde vous dira la même chose : peu importe quel pourcentage de Libanais vous avez en vous, c'est quelque chose qui reste. Afin de s'accrocher à cette part de leur identité, des centaines de milliers de personnes déplacées à cause de la guerre civile la cultivent dans leur vie quotidienne et culturelle au sein de leur foyer. Donc même si je n'y suis resté qu'un an et demi, si vous étiez venu chez nous après, les tapis venaient du Liban, la nourriture aussi, on écoutait les disques de la chanteuse Fairuz dans le salon. C'est comme une mythologie du Liban qui reste vivante grâce à la diaspora, suspendue dans toutes ces petites bulles domestiques à travers le monde. C'est pour ça que quand j'ai vu les images des explosions de Beyrouth, ça m'a profondément choqué, comme beaucoup de gens à travers tellement de générations. Un tel désastre appelle à l'action, à l'engagement.

 

Vous avez donc décidé d'organiser «I love Beirut». A quoi va ressembler ce concert ?

 

Ma principale priorité est de faire quelque chose de beau, qui a du sens, avec une vraie intention artistique derrière, et qui va raconter des histoires. A un moment où on devient presque insensible aux statistiques que l'on voit tous les jours aux infos, la responsabilité d'un musicien comme moi est de communiquer des émotions et de susciter de l'empathie. Il ne suffit pas de simplement récolter de l'argent. Je vois « I love Beirut » comme un projet artistique à 360 degrés. Il y a le concert, que je ferai dans mon propre jardin, en extérieur. J'ai aussi sollicité des équipes techniques à travers le monde, des réalisateurs, des photographes. Il y aura différents types de contenus, avec la musique au centre.

 

Pouvez-vous nous en dire plus sur les invités qui seront présents ?

 

Ce ne sera pas une succession d'invités, pas un collage de performances sur Zoom (NDLR : un service de visioconférence), mais un show pensé avec un concept, une narration. Ce sera un concert de Mika avec des participations libanaises, françaises, mexicaines, italiennes, américaines, britanniques…

 

La dernière fois que vous étiez au Liban, c'était il y a quatre ans…

 

Oui, au Festival international de Baalbek (NDLR : près de la frontière syrienne, sur un site de ruines de monuments romains) et le jour des explosions, c'était justement l'anniversaire de ce concert ! C'est tellement bizarre parce que ce matin-là, quand je regardais Instagram, plein de gens postaient des photos du show. Le soir même, j'étais sur Internet à regarder des photos du Liban dramatiquement différentes.

 

Quels souvenirs gardez-vous de vos concerts au Liban ?

 

Un délicieux chaos émotionnel (rires). J'ai joué à différents endroits au Liban, mais Baalbek, c'est très particulier. Quand les gens sont contents, ils jettent des coussins en l'air, formant une vague très belle qui commence au fond et qui se rapproche doucement. Inévitablement, les coussins se retrouvent à un moment sur scène. Une fois, on a dû arrêter le concert pour les dégager et réinstaller le matériel pendant 25 minutes durant lesquelles on a passé de la musique. Les gens se sont mis à danser au milieu de ces ruines romaines, c'était comme une boîte de nuit folle. On a fini par confisquer les coussins qu'on a entreposés dans le temple de Jupiter pour que je puisse continuer. A Baalbek, les gens pleurent, rient, crient, dansent… C'est vraiment un des plus beaux endroits sur Terre pour un concert. Evidemment, j'aurais adoré que « I Love Beirut » puisse se jouer au Liban, mais c'est impossible à ce jour. Donc on va essayer d'être à la hauteur pour que ce soit presque aussi bien.

 

Dans votre lettre adressée au Liban et à Beyrouth, publiée notamment dans le Journal du Dimanche, vous avez des mots durs à l'encontre du gouvernement libanais…

 

Ce que je critique, c'est la rhétorique politique. Quand le Premier ministre libanais dit que « les responsables devront rendre des comptes », après un tel désastre, c'est un jeu de miroirs purement politique. Quand des gens perdent la vie – 200 morts, 6000 blessés, 300 000 qui se retrouvent sans toit –, qu'on est au milieu de la pire crise financière et économique que le Liban ait connu, quand les niveaux de pauvreté s'aggravent de plus en plus, ce genre de rhétorique politique c'est exaspérant.

 

Vous allez jusqu'à dire que, en trente ans, le pays des cèdres est devenu le pays des cendres…

 

C'est le propre de la guerre. Regardez ce qui s'est passé en Syrie, ce lieu de naissance de tellement de cultures. La guerre s'empare de ce qu'il y a de plus noble et le réduit en cendres, sans aucune discrimination.

 

Cette dure réalité, vous l'avez côtoyée notamment en 2015, quand vous vous êtes rendu au Liban dans le cadre du Haut-Commissariat des Nations Unies pour les réfugiés…

 

C'était un voyage très fort, à travers différentes régions du pays et au contact de plein de nationalités et d'histoires. Comme celles de médecins ou d'ingénieurs qui fuyaient la Syrie et qui avaient tout perdu. Puis je me suis retrouvé dans un centre de soutien situé dans un lieu secret à Beyrouth, consacré à l'aide des réfugiés membres de la communauté LGBTQI. Certaines des histoires les plus puissantes que j'ai entendues de ma vie, je les ai entendues là. Ce qui est extraordinaire dans ce genre d'engagement, c'est ce concentré de vie que l'on croise. C'est exactement pour ça que le concert « I Love Beirut » doit raconter des histoires, parce que je connais l'impact émotionnel qu'elles peuvent provoquer.

 

« I Love Beirut », le 19 septembre sur YouTube à 21 heures (heure française).

Billets à 10 euros sur Ticketmaster en vente à partie du lundi 24 août à 10 heures. Possibilité d'effectuer des dons supplémentaires grâce au site GoFundMe (à ne pas confondre avec la billetterie).

 

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Beirut explosions: for Mika, "such a disaster calls for action"


Deeply affected by the drama that occurred in Beirut, his hometown, the singer opens up about the charity concert he is organizing on September 19.


Above all, don't remain inactive in the face of tragedy. Mika, born in Beirut in 1983 and whose mother is Lebanese, wants to participate in his own way in the outpouring of solidarity with his country of origin, struck by the tragedy on August 4, when two explosions devastated the capital. He announced Friday the organization of a concert for the benefit of the victims, "I Love Beirut" for September 19. The show will be streamed and broadcast live on YouTube across the world, from his garden in Tuscany (Italy).

On the occasion of the opening of the ticket office this Monday, August 24 at 10 am, the singer confides in this project which is very close to his heart. Profits from the concert will be donated to the Lebanese branches of the Red Cross and Save The Children. At the same time, a partnership with the GoFundMe site will make it possible to collect additional donations for these organizations.

 

What is the news of your relatives in Lebanon?


MIKA. Like all Lebanese, we know people whose lives have been dramatically changed. My relatives were not injured. But, around them, friends were victims of the explosion, some bruised in their flesh, others suffered material damage. And they all tell me that this catastrophe is a trauma that will leave its consequences for a long time.


You are very attached to your Lebanese roots even though you only lived in Lebanon until the age of one and a half. How do you explain it?


It's quite fascinating, actually. If you speak with anyone who is of Lebanese origins, everyone will tell you the same thing: no matter what percentage of Lebanese you have in you, it is something that stays. In order to cling to this part of their identity, hundreds of thousands of people displaced by civil war cultivate it in their daily and cultural life in their homes. So even though I only stayed there for a year and a half, if you had come to our house afterwards, the rugs came from Lebanon, the food also, we listened to the records of the singer Fairuz in the living room. It's like a mythology of Lebanon that remains alive thanks to the diaspora, suspended in all these little domestic bubbles around the world. That's why when I saw the images of the explosions in Beirut, it shocked me deeply, like many people over so many generations. Such a disaster calls for action, for commitment.


So you have decided to organize "I love Beirut". What will this concert look like?


My main priority is to do something beautiful, that makes sense, with real artistic intention behind it, and that will tell stories. At a time when you become almost oblivious to the statistics you see on the news every day, the responsibility of a musician like me is to communicate emotions and create empathy. It is not enough to simply raise money. I see “I love Beirut” as a 360-degree art project. There is the concert, which I will do in my own garden, outdoors. I also called on technical teams around the world, directors, photographers. There will be different types of content, with music at the center.


Can you tell us more about the guests who will be attending?


It will not be a succession of guests, not a collage of performances on Zoom (Editor's note: a videoconference service), but a show thought out with a concept, a narration. It will be a concert by Mika with Lebanese, French, Mexican, Italian, American, British participations ...


The last time you were in Lebanon was four years ago ...


Yes, at the Baalbek International Festival (Editor's note: near the Syrian border, on a site of ruins of Roman monuments) and the day of the explosions, it was precisely the anniversary of this concert! It's so weird because that morning, when I was looking at Instagram, a lot of people were posting pictures from the show. That same evening, I was on the Internet looking at dramatically different photos of Lebanon.


What memories do you keep from your concerts in Lebanon?


Delicious emotional chaos (laughs). I've played in different places in Lebanon, but Baalbek is very special. When people are happy, they throw pillows in the air, forming a very beautiful wave that starts at the bottom and slowly comes closer. Inevitably, the cushions end up on stage at some point. Once, we had to stop the concert to free them and reinstall the equipment for 25 minutes during which we played music. People started dancing in the middle of these Roman ruins, it was like a crazy nightclub. We ended up confiscating the cushions we stored in the temple of Jupiter so that I could continue. In Baalbek, people cry, laugh, scream, dance… It really is one of the most beautiful places on Earth for a concert. Obviously, I would have loved that "I Love Beirut" could be played in Lebanon, but it is impossible to date. So we're going to try to be up to it to make it almost as good.

 

In your letter addressed to Lebanon and Beirut, published in particular in the Journal du Dimanche, you have harsh words against the Lebanese government ...


What I am criticizing is political rhetoric. When the Lebanese Prime Minister says that "those responsible will be held to account" after such a disaster, it is a purely political mirror game. When people lose their lives - 200 dead, 6,000 injured, 300,000 left homeless - you are in the midst of the worst financial and economic crisis Lebanon has ever known, when poverty levels worsen by more and more, this kind of political rhetoric is infuriating.

 

You go so far as to say that, in thirty years, the land of cedars has become the land of ashes ...


It is characteristic of war. Look at what happened in Syria, the birthplace of so many cultures. The war seizes what is most noble and reduces it to ashes, without any discrimination.


You experienced this harsh reality, especially in 2015, when you visited Lebanon within the framework of the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees ...


It was a very strong journey, through different regions of the country and in contact with many nationalities and histories. Like those of doctors or engineers who were fleeing Syria and who had lost everything. Then I found myself in a support center located in a secret location in Beirut, dedicated to helping refugees who are members of the LGBTQI community. Some of the most powerful stories I've heard in my life, I've heard them there. What is extraordinary about this kind of commitment is this concentration of life that we come across. This is exactly why the “I Love Beirut” concert has to tell stories, because I know the emotional impact they can have.


“I Love Beirut,” September 19 on YouTube at 9 p.m. KST.

Tickets at 10 euros on Ticketmaster on sale from Monday 24 August at 10 a.m. Possibility of making additional donations through the GoFundMe site (not to be confused with the ticket office).

 

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4 hours ago, We-Are-Golden said:

 

It says that the numbers don't match. I don't use it much for online shopping outside the Netherlands, so I have no idea what I'm doing wrong

Someone on twitter mentioned they used apple pay, if that's something you use then it should work. Otherwise I'm not too sure about the card problem, I've seen a few people say they had email issues too. Could be that the website is very busy handling all of us Mika fans!

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I got my ticket too! First Mika gig in 13 years! 😁 

It's amazing that we all got front row tickets! But we still have to socially distance and not just by 2m, many of us will be keeping 1 or more countries apart! 

It's awesome though that no matter where we are in the world, an event like this really does bring us all together. 

I'm so excited for it. I'm intrigued to know what the setlist will be, I hope Mika starts with Ice Cream! And maybe he'll finish with Tiny Love/Stay High like he did with his past gigs! 

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I got my tickets for the concert (thanks to a friend bc i dont have a credit card!) but it makes me sad to see that there are too many fans who can't buy a ticket because the payment options are so limited :(

I wish i could buy one for all of them, after all it helps charity too!!

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2 hours ago, NancylovesM said:

Got my ticket. Can't wait to queue outside my house!!  I'm hoping 8 hours in advance is early enough to get front row!! 🤞🤞

How many people live in your house?! :shocked:

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2 hours ago, NancylovesM said:

Got my ticket. Can't wait to queue outside my house!!  I'm hoping 8 hours in advance is early enough to get front row!! 🤞🤞

 

Let's queue together!!!!!

Well I'm in a different time zone, but we can queue on different continents.

How many queues all over the world  it makes?

 

 

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