Eurovision In Concert 2019 - a review by Twan Wormgoor
Last weekend a handful of Eurovision 2019 artists and some former artists gathered in Amsterdam for the eleventh edition of Eurovision's biggest pre-party, Eurovision in Concert! Let's look back at the amazing weekend.
Since 2018 the concert has been held in the AFAS Live, an arena in Amsterdam. Tickets for the concert cost €50, and tickets for the after party were available at Amsterdam Calling (which took place on Friday 5th April at Melkweg) or at the doors of the venue for €15,. These prices are relatively reasonable when you consider everything you get for your money.
The Eurovision bus tour's first stop was in Amsterdam, right in front of the venue on Saturday. This created an amazing atmosphere as there was constantly Eurovision music playing and people were singing and dancing along. So, no need to get bored in the queue, waiting to get in. At the back of the venue, at the artist entrance, a small path was created with fences for fans to meet artists.
People had already started queuing up by 17:45, and then the doors opened at 18:30, with the pre-show starting at 19:30. The main show, where artists from 28 countries performed their song, along with some former Eurovision artists like 1998 winner Dana International and 1982 winner Nicole started at 20:00 CET.
We've listed the best and most surprising 2019 performances for you.
Poland | Tulia - Fire Of Love (Pali się):
Tulia nailed their performance! Their vocals were incredible and the song sounded just like the studio version, if not, even better. They came across as confident and happy on stage.
Spain | Miki - La Venda
Miki sang much better than he did in the national final and created one big party with his energy. The whole arena was on their feet dancing and singing along with Miki.
Australia | Kate Miller Heidke - Zero Gravity:
With her amazing vocal range, Kate wowed the whole crowd. She gave a very powerful performance and hit those high notes with ease!
The Netherlands | Duncan Laurence - Arcade
The fan favourite performed last. With his emotional song and incredible vocal ability, he silenced the whole venue, so silent in fact, you could have heard a pin drop. He captivated the whole arena and brought them into his own little world on stage.
Switzerland | Luca Hänni - She Got Me
With good vocals and amazing dance moves, Luca surprised everyone and got the whole crowd 'dirty dancing'! He gave power and energy in his performance, and proved to everyone why he is one of the favourites to win the contest!
After the main show, it was time for the after party! The after party, which took place in the same arena, was a much smaller and intimate affair. Eurovision 1998 winner Dana International performed again at the after party alongside KEiiNO and Serhat, who also sang his Eurovision 2016 song "I Didn't Know". Some of the artists who performed at the main show also joined in on the fun of the after party and gave many fans the opportunity to meet them and take photo's with them, including some of our very own EuroVoxx members!
Check out our review video of Eurovision in Concert
So to summarise, it was an amazing weekend with lovely people and amazing artists. We would like to thank the organisers of the concert once again for putting on an amazing show that has now become like a mini-Eurovision.