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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.

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Guy Sebastian will represent Australia at this year's Eurovision Song Contest (Image Courtesy:

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'.

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2014 Eurovision Winner - Austria's Conchita Wurst (Image courtesy:

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, 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!

Where: Federation Square, Corner Swanston & Flinders Streets, Melbourne

When: LIVE: Wednesday 20th May 5am, Friday 22nd May 5am, Sunday 24th May 5am
REPLAY: Friday 22nd May 7:30pm, Saturday 23rd May 7:30pm. Sunday 24th May 7:30pm

Cost: FREE

More Information: Fed Square Website

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.

More Information: Cinema Novo website.

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.

Where: DT's Pub, 164 Church Street, Richmond

When: Sunday 24th May, 7pm - 1am

More Information: DT's Pub Facebook Page

Woolshed Pub, Docklands
The Docklands' Woolshed Pub is presenting it's annual Eurovision Final Party. There will be pre-show live music, drinks specials, sweepstakes, and a best dressed competition.

Where: Woolshed Pub, Shed 9, Central Pier, 161 Harbour Esplanade, Docklands

When: Sunday 24th May, 6pm-late

More Information: Woolshed Pub Facebook Page, or contact Lee to book on 8623-9641

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

Cost: $8 online pre-booking, or $10 at the door

More Information: Bella Union website

Your house!
If you'd rather watch the Contest from the comfort of your own lounge room, why not invite some friends to join in the fun and check out these Party Tips. SBS has kindly provided some hilarious (and helpful) articles including Eurovision Party Conversation Starters, Create Your Own Eurovision Costumes At Home, and, importantly, Ultimate Eurovision Drinking Games!

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!

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Why? If you can't go to Eurovision in Vienna, bring Eurovision to you!
When: From 7:30pm daily on Friday 22nd May, Saturday 23rd May, Sunday 24th May
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