To Party Arhizei

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To Party Arhizei
Tour by Elena Paparizou
Elena Paparizou-Summer Tour.jpg
The official promotional poster of the tour.
Associated album Vrisko To Logo Na Zo
Start date July 2, 2008
End date September 19, 2008
Legs 1
No. of shows 29 in Greece (1 canceled)
Elena Paparizou concert chronology

To Party Arhizei (Greek: Το πάρτυ αρχίζει; English: The party is starting) is the first official large-scale concert tour by Greek contemporary laïka and pop singer Elena Paparizou and first tour of Greece as a solo artist. The tour took place during the summer of 2008, and kicked-off at the National Stadium in Kalamata on July 2, 2008, ending in Athens on September 19, 2008. The final concert at Theatro Vrahon in Athens was recorded, and released as a bonus DVD on Vrisko To Logo Na Zo: Deluxe Edition titled Live in Concert. Overall, the concert tour was a moderate success for Paparizou, with an audience total of approximately 192,000 over 29 concerts and one sold-out venue. Alpha TV broadcast the concert on television on December 30, 2008 as part of their holiday music schedule.

Background[edit]

The 2008 tour was Paparizou's first large-scale tour of her career and first tour of Greece as a solo artist; she claimed she felt that she owed something to the Greek people. During the tour, Paparizou visited many cities all over the Greece for the first time as a solo performer (she had formerly visited some places as a member of Antique). Prior to the release of her album, Paparizou asked her fans to request their favorite songs that they would like to hear on the tour through her official Facebook page.[1] Paparizou toured in all provinces of Greece, visiting both some large cities and many smaller towns and islands where she would not otherwise have the opportunity to perform. Manos Pirovolakis toured with her as the opening act. Other guest performers included hip-hop group Stavento who appeared in select venues. Paparizou came into collaboration with the group a few weeks prior when she made a featuring appearance during their performance at the 2008 MAD Video Music Awards, singing a chorus from their hit "Mesa Sou". The shows included songs from Paparizou's album Vrisko To Logo Na Zo and songs since the start of her solo career, as well as from her Antique recordings and covers and duets with Pirovolakis and Stavento. The kick-off party took place on June 25, 2008.[2] During the tour, it was reported that ticket sales reached 190,000 after twenty-eight concerts.[3] However, following the end of the tour Sony Music Greece printed the official attendance numbers of the tour, revealing that the 29 performances had a total attendance of approximately 192,000, averaging 6,620 tickets a show.[4] The ticket sales of the planned 30th show were not included due to availability for refunds as the concert was cancelled due to bad weather conditions. The lowest attendances of the entire tour were on the islands of Chios and Kos with 3,500 attendants each, while Orestiada had the largest attendance of the tour with 18,000 people. Paparizou achieved five-figure ticket sales in three shows: Orestiada (18,000), Serres (12,000), and Patras (11,000), however, the audiences of the former two cities were joint in other events; Paparizou performed as a part of the Arda's Festival and commenced the Enduro World Championship respectively. Despite that she had higher attendance numbers in some other cities, she only managed to sell out the Thessaloniki venue with 7,500 spectators. Overall it was a moderate success; with ticket costs at 20, the tour should have grossed €3.84 million from ticket sales not including the cost of merchandise.[4] Fokas Evangelinos, who choreographed Paparizou's Eurovision Song Contest 2005-winning performance of "My Number One", directed the choreography, while Paparizou teamed up with soft drink company Ivi as the main sponsor of her tour. Nokia was also a sponsor of the tour, as well as Alpha TV who reserved the rights to film and broadcast it; it was announced that the concert would be shown on Alpha TV in December as part of their holiday music schedule.[5]

Guest appearances[edit]

  • Manos Pirovolakis (opening act)
  • Stavento (guest act, select venues)
  • Giorgos Sabanis (guest act, select venues)
  • Paschalis Terzis (guest act)

Set list[edit]

  1. "Porta Gia Ton Ourano"
  2. "An Eihes Erthei Pio Noris"
  3. "I Kardia Sou Petra"
  4. "The Game of Love"
  5. "Panda Se Perimena"
  6. "Iparhi Logos"
  7. "Mambo!
  8. "Alli Mia Fora"
  9. "Papeles Mojados"
  10. "Teardrops"
  11. "To Fili Tis Zois"
  12. "Agapi San Listia"
  13. "Se Pion Na Miliso"
  14. "Eisai I Foni"
  15. "Mesa Sou" (Duet with Stavento)
  16. "Anapandites Kliseis"
  17. "I Agapi Sou Den Menei Pia Edo"
  18. "Pirotehnimata"
  19. "Treli Kardia"
  20. "Gigolo"
  21. "To 'Heis I Den To 'Heis"
  22. "Paradeigmatos Hari"
  23. "You Set My Heart on Fire"
  24. "Mi Fevgeis"
  25. "Just Walk Away"
  26. "Astra Mi Me Malonete" (Duet with Manos Pirovolakis)
  27. "Teli Teli Teli" (Duet with Manos Pirovolakis)
  28. "Lene Gia Mena" (Duet with Manos Pirovolakis)
  29. "Ta Smirnaika Tragoudia" (Duet with Manos Pirovolakis)
  30. "Dinata Dinata" (Duet with Manos Pirovolakis)
  31. "Stis Ekklisias tin Porta" (Duet with Manos Pirovolakis)
  32. "My Number One"
  33. "Mazi Sou"
  34. "The Light in Our Soul/To Fos sti Psyhi"
  35. "Porta Gia Ton Ourano"

Tour dates[edit]

Elena Paparizou performing in Kalamata on July 2, 2008.
Paparizou performing in Lamia on August 28, 2008.
Paparizou performing at "Theatro Vrahon Melina Merkouri" for the September 19 concert.

The tour dates were included in a promo CD which was distributed at the kick-off party, but officially they were announced by the radio station Sfera 102.2 fm which was one of the sponsors.[6] Additional tour dates were added as the tour went into full swing.[7] The last concert of the series was supposed to take place on September 22, but it was canceled due to inclement weather.[8]

Europe
Date[4] City Country Venue Attendance/Max. capacity
July 2, 2008 Kalamata Greece National Stadium 6,000/unknown
July 12, 2008 Chios Municipal Stadium 3,500/unknown
July 24, 2008 Chrysoupoli Municipal Stadium 7,500/unknown
July 25, 2008 Asprovalta Municipal Stadium 6,500/unknown
July 26, 2008 Chalkidiki Porto Carras 7,000/unknown
July 28, 2008 Veria Municipal Stadium 5,500/unknown
July 31, 2008 Orestiada Arda's Festival1 18,000/unknown
August 2, 2008 Gytheio Municipal Stadium 6,200/unknown
August 5, 2008 Corfu Musicland 4,500/unknown
August 7, 2008 Vonitsa Nisi 5,600/unknown
August 10, 2008 Kalymnos Kalymnos Municipal Stadium 6,800/unknown
August 13, 2008 Zakynthos Municipal Theatre 4,300/unknown2
August 15, 2008 Katerini Pierikos's Stadium 5,600/unknown
August 16, 2008 Nea Kallikratia Chalkidikis Municipal Theatre 6,200/unknown
August 19, 2008 Santorini Santo Wine 5,700/unknown
August 22, 2008 Karditsa Municipal Stadium 8,800/unknown
August 23, 2008 Ptolemaida Municipal Theatre 4,500/unknown
August 25, 2008 Xanthi Municipal Stadium 4,500/unknown
August 27, 2008 Larissa Alcazar Stadium 8,100/unknown
August 28, 2008 Lamia National Stadium 5,200/unknown
August 29, 2008 Kilkis Lofou Theater 6,000/unknown
August 30, 2008 Serres Motorway3 12,000/unknown
September 3, 2008 Thessaloniki Gis Theater 7,500/7,500
September 5, 2008 Volos National Stadium 5,200/unknown
September 8, 2008 Patras Panachaiki's Stadium 11,000/unknown
September 9, 2008 Eleusis Roumelioti's Stadium 7,000/unknown
September 12, 2008 Rhodes Diagora's Stadium 4,800/unknown
September 14, 2008 Kos Antagora's Stadium 3,500/unknown
September 19, 2008 Athens Theatro Vrahon "Melina Merkouri" 5,000/6,000
September 22, 2008 Heraklion OFI's Stadium4 N/A
  • 1 Paparizou performed at this venue as a part of Arda's Festival rather than a private concert.
  • 2 3,300 audience members were indoors and 1,000 outdoors.
  • 3 Paparizou performed at this venue as the opening act for the Enduro World Championship rather than a private concert.
  • 4 The concert was canceled due to bad weather conditions.

Performers[edit]

Credits[edit]

Performance[edit]

  • Director: Kostas Kapetanidis
  • Art director: Fokas Evangelinos
  • Instrumentation/arrangement: Thanasis Hondros, DONK (Niclas Oaulsson and Toni Mavridis)
  • LED/lighting designer: Paris Anagnostopoulos
  • Sound: Nikos Chronopoulos, Giannis Xidakis, Spathi Eleni
  • Choreography: Fokas Evangelinos

Production[edit]

  • Production arrangement: Andri Orfanidou/Galaxias Paragoges, Kostas Christopoulos/Four Seasons
  • Production manager: Gerasimos Sideridis
  • Tour manager: Konstantinos Bletsas
  • Communications and public relations: Giannis Koutrakis, Hara Zafarika/Piarista O.E.
  • Television production: OBVAM AGM
  • Video operator and G-LEC engineer: Elias Binieris
  • Technicians: Andreas Georgiou, Michalis Petridis, Giorgos Tikou, Alexis Paterlis, Alexis Petraï, Giannis Triandafyllou, Dinos Freskos, Babis Tsakoumatos, Dimitris Andriannos, Gouseff Chalil
  • Editing: Tasos Bitsakakis
  • Post-production: Art Factory

Personnel[edit]

  • Make-up: Giannis Marketakis (effex+)
  • Hair: Christos Kalaniotis (effex+)
  • Styling: Al Giga (Elena Paparizou), Kostas Zisis (dancers)
  • Backstage personal management: Filio Zioga, Vergos Michalis

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Η Ελενα Παπαρίζου στην... Πόρτα του Mad Radio 106,2" (in Greek). MAD TV. 2008-04-18. Retrieved 2008-05-02. 
  2. ^ Απονομή χρυσού δίσκου για την Έλενα (in Greek). MAD TV. 2008-06-25. Retrieved 2008-07-12. 
  3. ^ "180.000 μέχρι στιγμής είδαν την Έλενα live". MAD TV. 2008-09-16. Retrieved 2008-09-16. 
  4. ^ a b c Sony Music Greece (September 2008). "Helena Paparizou tour page from official site" (in Greek). HelenaPaparizou.com. Retrieved 2009-08-30. 
  5. ^ Balalas (2008-08-18). Interview with Elena Paparizou. Santorini FM. Retrieved on 2008-09-03.
  6. ^ "Tour Dates".  SferaRadio (in Greek)
  7. ^ "65.000 φίλοι της Έλενας στις 9 πρώτες συναυλίες" (in Greek). MAD TV. 2008-08-08. Retrieved 2008-08-08. 
  8. ^ Η τηλεοπτική συνέντευξη της Έλενας Παπαρίζου (in Greek). MAD TV. 2008-10-02. Retrieved 2008-10-02. 

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