As Voyager continue their preparations for Eurovision 2023, the government of Western Australia has announced it is funding the band’s participation in the Contest this year.
Showing the pride of Western Australia
Voyager were internally selected to represent Australia earlier in February. The band, who are from the Western Australian city of Perth, finished second to Sheldon Riley at Australia Decides in 2022. Now, the local government is putting its money behind the band to promote the region internationally.
The band’s music video for “Promise” was filmed in iconic locations in Western Australia. These locations include Hutt Lagoon and Kalbarri National Park, including Natures Window. It forms part of the AU$15 million “Walking on a Dream” global campaign from the local government. The aim is to raise awareness of Western Australia and its bustling diversity.
In addition to this, Western Australia’s government announced that it is funding part of the band’s promotional tour ahead of the Contest. As a result, Voyager will play at Eurovision in Concert, as well as the London Eurovision Party. This is thanks to the Western Australia Contemporary Music Fund. The fund will also help the band reach Liverpool to compete in the Contest itself.
Speaking about the initiative, local government minister for tourism Roger Cook said:
Western Australia is on a rock and roll around the world. Every week we are sending a new message around the globe that it’s all happening in WA.Roger Cook, Minister for Tourism in Western Australia’s Government
Australia’s Eurovision journey
Being the latest country to debut into the Eurovision Song Contest; Australia debuted into the Eurovision Song Contest in 2015, with Guy Sebastian representing the land down-under with his entry “Tonight Again”, where they managed to place 5th. Since their debut, they have managed to participate every single year into the competition. In 2022, Australia was represented by Sheldon Riley, with his song “Not the Same”, which managed to qualify for the final and finish 15th, with 125 points.
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News Source: The Music Network
Photo Credit: SBS