Monday, October 24, 2011
Bruno Mars rocks Nantes
I have always wanted to visit Nantes as it is consistently voted one of the best places in France to live.
So last Friday I took the girls to see Bruno Mars in the Zenith concert hall and we spent the week-end exploring the region (more of which another time).
Nantes centre was impressive - it's clean, attractive and has an upmarket feel about it. We had a beautiful lunch in L'Entrecote followed by dessert in the Haagen-Dazs café. The streets were filled with students and there was a real buzz about the place.
The concert was superb.
It's an excellent venue as it's pretty small (6,000 capacity) and you really feel part of the spectacle. The crowd seemed to consist of middle class teenagers who looked as though they were on a day out from Hogwarts College. I'm sure that one of the girls in the queue next to us was called Hermione - they were polite, excitable and there wasn't a "hoodie" in sight.
I've seen some showmen - including Robbie Williams at the Albert Hall - but Bruno Mars really does top the lot. His vocals were spot on and he was a true pro. His guitar stopped working just before he launched himself into "Marry you" but he just said "blow it" (or words to that effect) and carried on without it.
He also did his best to interact with the locals, despite the language barrier, and he simply couldn't have put more energy into it.
If you get the chance to go to either Zenith or Bruno Mars I heartily recommend both.