In honor of ABBA’s famous Eurovision win 50 years ago, EurovizCon will hold its first ever event in Brighton. The convention will not only commemorate ABBA but also celebrate the entire history of the contest.
All About EurovizCon
EurovizCon is the first event of its kind in the United Kingdom and will kick off in Brighton on September 20th and 21st, 2024. The event will include a Eurovision all-stars concert, karaoke, bingo, and guest speakers. Tickets go on sale here on October 11th, 2023.
Brighton was chosen for the event not only because ABBA won in that city in 1974, but because it is “the most diverse and vibrant community in the country,” according to organizer Mark Strange. In 2023, Brighton hosted a live viewing of Eurovision in Jubilee Square.
Following Sam Ryder’s second-place finish in 2022 and the United Kingdom subsequently hosting the contest on behalf of Ukraine in 2023, British Eurovision fans are more united than ever. EurovizCon follows an academic conference at the University of Edinburgh and a cultural reevaluation of Eurovision in the UK, which has historically dismissed the contest in popular media due to poor results.
The United Kingdom’s Eurovision Journey
The UK is one of the most successful countries at the Eurovision Song Contest. Debuting at the second edition ever of the Contest in 1957, the United Kingdom won the competition on five separate occasions. The most recent win for the UK was in 1997 with Katrina and the Waves, singing “Love Shine A Light”. The UK also holds the record for the number of second place finishes, currently at 16.
In 2023, Mae Muller represented the UK on home soil in Liverpool with her song “I Wrote A Song”. At the close of voting, the UK finished 25th in a field of 26, earning a total of 24 points. Of these, 15 points came from the jury, whilst the remaining 9 came from the televote.
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News Source: The Argus
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