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Join the fun & frivolity of a Eurovision Party
This year marks the 60th Anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest. More than 195 million viewers watched last year's finale worldwide. In Australia, over 2.7 million viewers tuned in to the SBS broadcast across the weekend! With the bizarre inclusion of Australia in this year's competition, more viewers than ever are expected to watch this year's broadcast.
SBS is presenting the event again this year, with the hilarious Julia Zemiro and Sam Pang hosting. The Semi-Finals are on Friday 22nd and Saturday 23rd May from 7:30pm, and the Grand Final on Sunday 24th May from 7:30pm.
This year's Contest is being held in Vienna, after Austria's Conchita Wurst won Eurovision 2014 with her rendition of 'Rise Like A Phoenix'.
2014 Eurovision Winner - Austria's Conchita Wurst (Image courtesy: www.eurovision.tv)
Several venues around town have realised the popularity of this event, and are holding large viewing parties so you can enjoy the fun of the contest with like-minded fans. So where are some of the best places to watch this year's Eurovision Contest in Melbourne?
Federation Square's Big Screen and Atrium Screen will be showing the event live, with a large audience expected. Either come along bright and early for the live telecast, or put yourself in social media lockdown and hold out for the replay at a more socially acceptable hour. Make sure you get there early to get a good spot, and rug up for this outdoors event!
Cinema Novo, Carlton For a big screen experience which is a bit warmer than Fed Square, head along to Cinema Novo to watch the Grand Final. Dress up in your best Eurovision costume to compete in the Best Dressed competition, and enjoy the pre-show entertainment provided.
Where: Cinema Novo, 380 Lygon Street, Carlton
When: Sunday 24th May 6:45pm (Arrive at 6:30pm)
Cost: $20 adults, $15 concession. Online booking available here.
DT's Pub, Richmond For something a bit different, DT's Pub in Richmond, 'Where every colour of the rainbow drinks', is hosting the 'campest' Eurovision Party around. Kyle Minnall will be hosting, and the broadcast will be on the 6 big screens. They have even extended their liquor license until 1am specially.
Bella Union, Carlton South Bella Union is presenting the annual 'Bellavision', where the Contest will be broadcast on all 3 nights. There will also be specially themed cocktails, in-house sweeps and DJ's spinning the decks.
Where: Bella Union, Level 1, Trades Hall, Corner of Victoria & Lygon Streets, Carlton South
When: Friday 22nd May from 5:30pm, Saturday 23rd May from 6:30pm, Sunday 24th May from 6:30pm
They've even created a Sweepstakes Guide for you to print out and have your guests get involved in the fun.
Australia's First Eurovision Entrant!
In recognition of Eurovision's popularity in Australia, we have been invited to enter the contest for the first time. We have even been given an automatic berth into the finals. Guy Sebastian has been selected to represent the Aussies, and will be singing new song, Tonight Again. (It's really catchy!) Good Luck Guy!
So frock up, grab a drink and join in the fun!
If I've missed any events, please add them in the comments section below.