In Pictures: The 2015 Eurovision final from Vienna Austria

Here are images from the 2015 Eurovision final in Vienna tonight, which we’ll be updating throughout the night:

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Sydney’s landmarks lit-up for “Vivid” Its brilliant festival of light, music and ideas

Many of Sydney’s iconic landmarks have been lit up for “Vivid Sydney”, an annual 18 day festival of light, music, and ideas that runs until 8 June 2015.

Full details of the programme are on the Vivid Sydney website.

The varied programme runs across the whole of the city. But of course, the Sydney Opera House effortlessly steals the show with the distinctive sails providing a perfect backdrop for a varied range of graphics and lights.

Here are some images from this year’s festival:

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The Kensington Roof Gardens host the “Summer Party On The Roof” – Friday 5 June

The Roof Gardens, Kensington, London

The Roof Gardens, Kensington, London

The attractive and well-appointed surroundings of The Roof Gardens in Kensington (as recently featured on “Made In Chelsea” – but don’t let that put you off!!) is once again the venue for the gay “Party On The Roof”.

Standard tickets are on sale now (with the option of food). Note that Photo ID is required for all ticket holders for entry on the night and the event is over 21s only.
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Eurovision 2015 parties and screenings across London

That most curious publicly funded display of high camp entertainment and geopolitics returns for its 60th final in Vienna on Saturday 23 May.

Here’s our first cut of pre-Eurovision parties and screenings across London and details of TV and radio coverage in the UK and Australia:

Pre-Eurovision Parties

Pop!, formerly of The Black Cap Camden (R.I.P), makes its debut at The Royal Vauxhall Tavern in Vauxhall (372 Kennington Lane, SE11 5HY) with a pre-Eurovision party on Friday 22 May. More on Facebook.

Eurovision Semi-Finals

The first semi-final will be broadcast live in the UK on BBC Three on Tuesday 19 March from 8pm, hosted by Scott Mills and Mel Giedroyc. The first group of countries will compete for a place in Saturday’s final. The 16 countries competing will be Albania, Armenia, Belarus, Belgium, Denmark, Estonia, FYR Macedonia, Finland, Georgia, Greece, Hungary, Moldova, Romania, Russia, Serbia and The Netherlands.

The second semi-final will be broadcast live in the UK on Thursday 21 May on BBC Three on Thursday 21 March from 8pm. Acts from Azerbaijan, Cyprus, Czech Republic, Iceland, Ireland, Israel, Latvia, Lithuania, Malta, Montenegro, Norway, Poland, Portugal, San Marino, Slovenia, Sweden and Switzerland will compete to reach the final on Saturday Night.

Eurovision Final Screenings – Saturday 23 May 2015

The grand final will be broadcast live in the UK from 8pm on BBC1 and BBC Radio 2. The voting results of the UK will be read out by no less than Nigella Lawson.

In the West End, Eurovison will also be screened at Comptons Of Soho (51-53 Old Compton Street), G-A-Y Bar on Old Compton Street, Edge Bar Soho (11 Soho Squre, W1D 3QE), Retro Bar (2 George Court), and Ku Bar Lisle Street (30 Lisle Street, WC2H 7BA) with Lady Lloyd as your host. (Details on Facebook.)
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Take a peek at Google’s St Giles Circus offices at the gay style & grooming fair on Monday 18 May

Google knows a lot about us. But of course, we don’t know much about Google.

So who could turn down the chance to step inside Google’s famed Penson designed St Giles Circus offices in London known for, amongst other things, its dance studio, allotments, and padded green meeting rooms, for the gay style & grooming fair on Monday 18 May?

Organised by James and the team at The List entry is free, but do sign up in advance.

The nearest Tube station is Tottenham Court Road, but note that Central Line trains are not stopping at this station until late this year and Holborn and Leicester Square are a short walk away.

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“A Night In Paradise” – A celebration of New York’s Paradise Garage returns to London on Sunday 19 July

One of the best club nights in London last year was “A Night In Paradise” at Ministry Of Sound to celebrate the music of New York’s Paradise Garage.

So we’re really pleased to hear it will return. Once again, it’s a daytime party starting at 2pm and running through to midnight. The venue is TBC, but we’re guessing it’s the Ministry Of Sound.

We’ll post more details as soon we receive them. And there’s more on Facebook.

On a separate note, there is a Kickstarter fund raising campaign to produce a screenplay of the Paradise Garage.

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Fundraising bid to make the film of Larry Levan’s Paradise Garage in New York

One of our favourite events from last year was “A Night In Paradise” at the Ministry Of Sound to celebrate the music of Larry Levan’s Paradise Garage in New York City.

The good news is that the event returns to London for a daytime party at Ministry Of Sound (2pm to midnight) on Saturday 19 July 2015.

What’s more there is a Kickstarter campaign to make a screenplay to tell the story of the club and its architects Larry Levan and Michael Brody.
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