Slovenia’s 2023 Eurovision representatives, Joker Out, kicked off a European tour with dates around the Balkan region. But they’re not stopping there; they recently performed their first gig in Ireland with Irish representatives Wild Youth, and have UK dates set in addition to shows in Slovenia and in the former Yugoslav area.
Joker Out’s European Tour
Their first dates were announced on 18 May ahead of a 19 May show in Umag, Croatia. Those initially released dates included a second Croatian show in Zagreb, two shows in lead singer Bojan Cvjetićanin’s home country Serbia, and one date in Sarajevo, Bosnia & Herzegovina, on 18 August. The rest of the shows were scattered around Slovenia.
The next day, they announced their joint concert with Wild Youth, and when tickets for the first Dublin show sold out quickly, they added a second Dublin date. UK dates followed, with shows in Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow, and London set for this July. You can view all the dates as of June 7 below:
Where to next?
The party doesn’t stop! Joker Out’s September itinerary includes shows in Oslo, Norway; Stockholm, Sweden; and three dates in Finland, in Helsinki, Turku, and Tampere. Why does Finland get three dates, you might ask? Likely because of the band’s, and especially lead singer Cvjetićanin’s, friendship with this year’s Finnish representative, second-place-winning Käärijä. Käärijä has, in fact, already commented on Joker Out’s Instagram announcement of the Nordic dates, stating his intention to come.
All three Finland dates sold out within ten minutes, with the Oslo and Stockholm shows selling out in under an hour. The band may add new shows in all three countries in response.
More international dates are likely to follow; fans have been requesting German, Turkish, and Greek concerts, among others, and yours truly is holding out for an incredibly unlikely show on the US east coast.
Who are Joker Out?
Joker Out formed in 2016, originally consisting of Bojan Cvjetićanin, Martin Jurkovič, Matic Kovačič, Kris Guštin, and Jan Peteh. Drummer Kovačič was replaced by Jure Maček in 2021, and bassist Nace Jordan joined in 2022 following the departure of Jurkovič.
Their first album, Umazane Misli, was released in 2021, and was followed by Demoni in 2022. They were announced in December 2022 to be representing Slovenia at Eurovision 2023 as one of the first internal selections of the season. Their song, the Slovenian-language “Carpe Diem”, was an early fan favorite, and the band ultimately placed 21st in the Grand Final.
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