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London’s best Eurovision parties

Posted at 2:30 pm, May 17, 2013 in Arts & Entertainment
Water Poet Eurovision

On Saturday May 18, it’s the final of Eurovision. Given all the events that are happening around it, London appears to be pretty excited about making its mind up. So this week, London is loving…

…faded Eurovision winners
Remember the glory days of 1997 when the UK won Eurovision? Yeah, you may want to hold on to that, ‘cos Bonnie Tyler’s entry’s more likely to induce a nap than a landslide victory. Fortunately, on Thu May 16th, Battersea’s Bunga Bunga bar is investing in a fancy dress box for guests and putting on the last UK winner, Katrina (minus the Waves), in their special Eurovision room, which is lined with photos of Jedward, Wogan and, erm, Scooch.

…crazy cabaret artists competing in their own version of Eurovision
Our very own Alternative Eurovision cabaret competition, held the night before Eurovision, is pretty damn fine, even if we do say so ourselves. And it’s also pretty damn nutso. Last year saw Belgium represented by a performance by Chef from ‘South Park’ of his smash hit ‘Chocolate Salty Balls’. Also Jonny Woo represented Greece by dressing up as Mary Portas for an impromptu rap. Why? In what world does this make sense? No idea. Which is how it’s EXACTLY like Eurovision.

…Eurotrash in surround sound
Apparently, Jetlag Bar in Fitzrovia has taken the title of the 2010 winner ‘Satellite’ to heart and are beaming the contest onto a 15ft cinema screen with surround sound. To be honest, we’d rather hoped they might draw inspiration from this year’s Greek entry: ‘Alcohol is Free’ (seriously).

…off-the-cuff commentary
Bethnal Green Working Men Club’s do. Their screening of the Eurovision song contest final promises wise-cracking hosts, the audience being encouraged to shout, dance or boo along, plus live acts, games and wacky fancy dress. Should be more deranged than Graham Norton’s jacket collection.

…giving prizes to people dressed as flat pack furniture.
The Water Poet in Spitalfields is offering ‘boozy prizes’ to the most inventively fancy dress-clad attendees to their Eurovision screening. Suggestions include ‘an old school Viking’ and ‘flat pack furniture’. Wondering what the link between something totally wooden and Europop? Google ‘Blue 2011 Eurovision entry’.

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