Tarkan in Bucharest
With Sala Polivalenta's 6,000 capacity half filled, many seats were left empty. Most of the 2,500 audience near the front of the stage seemed to be made up of Turkish people and middle-aged adults.
This situation did not change when the warm-up act appeared; female Romanian singer Blondy took to the stage to sing three songs at five minutes to nine. Due to the lack of interest from Bucharest, fans began to think that Tarkan would cancel the concert.
And fifteen minutes later when the lights went down heralding his arrival, initial disappointments were soon forgotten. The lack of people bringing an intimacy to the concert, after two hours and four outfit changes and a resounding call for an encore, Tarkan ended by singing "Gülümse Kaderine" (Smile at your Fate).
But not before saying, "You're great. I have to come back to Romania".
The concert had initially been planned for May but delayed to July, with organisers Sound & Lights Events in conjunction with Romanian radio station Infopro, mentioning that this was due to undisclosed "confidential reasons" by the singer. However, other sources have stated that the organisers postponed due to economical reasons.
Complete with his usual 35 member team, Tarkan arrived in Romania a day before the concert on the 11 July. He visited many historical sites in Bucharest, including Bran Castle, the home of Vlad Tepes, the inspiration for Bram Stoker's Dracula.