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:
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.
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
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.)
Eurovision, The Two Brewers, Clapham, Saturday 23 May 2015
The Two Brewers (114 Clapham High Street) will also be screening the final from Vienna live. Early arrival is recommended as no advance tickets are available. Entry is also free before 10pm. £8 after. More on Facebook.
Eurovision will also be screened at XXL at Pulse in Southwark from 8pm.
Returning to the West End, G-A-Y at Heaven holds its own Eurovision party with live performances from 1981 Eurovision winners Bucks Fizz (though not the original line-up!) and former UK representatives Blue.
This is the first year that Australia will be participating in the final. The semi-finals and finals are being screened live in Australia at 5am AEST on Wednesday 20 May, Friday 22 May and Sunday 24 May on SBS One (with evening repeats at 7.30pm AEST).
For an acerbic Australian take on the Eurovision final, we recommend following the hash-tag #SBSEurovison on Saturday night and Sunday morning. Trust us, it’ll make the Tweets from your friends look timid by comparison.
BBC Eurovision Radio
The BBC’s Eurovision radio station also returns to DAB digital radio and online from midday Thursday 20 May until midnight Sunday 23 May.
The “pop-up” station features shows by Ana Matronic, Paddy O’Connell, Scott Mills, Sara Cox, Ken Bruce, Steve Wright, Maria McErlane, Tony Blackburn, Sonia, Rufus Hound, Vanessa Feltz and Sir Terry Wogan.
The BBC has also released a full press pack detailing its coverage on TV, radio and online.