A giant inflatable high heeled shoe bounces off the heads of the crowd, sunflowers adourn the stage and a gentleman wearing a pig’s mask ‘larges’ it up on stage. This is the night Mika decorated Edinburgh’s HMV Picture House. This is the night Mika produced a fun, lavish and completely over the top spectacle. With energy aplenty, including dancing on top of his piano, Mika demonstrated an entertainment and outright fun factor which you couldn’t help but love. This was more than a gig - it was the party which Mika co-ordinated.
The bouncy lyrics of “Relax, Take it easy” set the theme of the evening, with the largest crowd cheers reserved for hits from the 6 million selling Life in Cartoon Motion album. “We are Golden” drew the biggest reaction of Mika’s more recent material, while “Blame it on the girls” provided ammunition for a sing-off competition. The encore of “Sweet Dreams”, the exuberance of “Lollipop” and the excellent “Grace Kelly” turned this serious music venue into a scene usually reserved for a Rio carnival. Certainly not a sight you see at every gig!
Mika’s extravagant outfits and outlandish dance moves drew an affectionate response from one adoring fan, when labelling him “a big tart”. Mika played a full 90 minute set, with exuberance, balance and bounce. Boring it wasn’t. Fun it certainly was. 9.1 out of 10.
Two videos of Mika at the HMV Picture House, Edinburgh for The Edge Festival 2010 are available: