Europe’s cheesiest, campiest and most gloriously silly singing competition celebrates 60 years on Saturday. Even if you’re not a fan of outrageously cheesy Euro pop and outfits that look like they’ve been glued together, it’s still a whole lot of fun to watch the action unfold with a load of other people singing and shouting along with the shenanigans. There are tons of venues around London screening the action – this year being broadcast from Vienna – and getting into the spirit with various fun/ridiculous parties, so here are five top picks for places to get Eurovisioned out of your face this weekend.
Allow Trixie Malicious and Mike Gabel (from uber-fun singalong riot Hot Breath Karaoke) to present Eurovision 2015 on the big screen with commentary that would make Tezza Wogan blush. There’ll be suitably cringey live acts and ridiculous games, plus DJ Phil Safari spinning obscenely cheesy Euro-pop and criminally kitsch disco floor-fillers, and tons of Euro-trashy faves from the likes of 2 Unlimited, Culture Beat, Ace of Base, Whigfield and co. Fly the flag for your chosen country in your dress code! Bethnal Green Working Men’s Club, 42-46 Pollard Row, E2 6NB.
If you’ve got to watch it, you might as well camp it up in the company of fellow fans. Do so at the Water Poet’s annual Eurovision bash and you get to see all the action from Austria beamed across big screens spread throughout the pub. In celebration of Conchita Wurst’s victory last year, there’ll be a free drink for the first 100 bearded ladies through the doors, plus a raucous Eurovision quiz in the Garden Dining Room and an Austrian barbecue outside to salute the 2015 setting. The Water Poet, 9-11 Folgate Street, E1 6BX.
This full-fat fun party, in celebration of 60 long years of Eurovision, features Eurovision karaoke from 7pm, with the main event being shown on huge screens around the venue from 8pm. There’ll also be themed cocktails and prizes for the best-dressed divas, plus an afterparty to keep everyone moving/staggering around the dancefloor until 2am with a soundtrack of pure Euro-cheese. Century, Shaftesbury Avenue, W1D 6LQ.
If you’ve been gagging for a dodgy Euro-pop DJ duo to remix an album of Eurovision classics from over the years performed by musicians of today, you’re finally in luck. Production and DJ duo Klubkidz (whose frankly awful name seems to have been created purely to make sub-editors around the world wince in horror) have done just that to celebrate 60 years of the competition and tonight they’re launching the album with some special guests performing tracks from the album live. It’ll be exactly as cheesy as you’re thinking, but will doubtless be a lot of silly fun too. The Two Brewers, 114 Clapham High Street, SW4 7UJ.
Organised by the ProudWomen partnership, this Eurovision party comes in support of the annual Pride in London parade and celebrations. As well as a screening of the main, gloriously cheesy event itself, there’ll be drinking games, DJs, dancing and plenty of revellers in suitably outrageous fancy dress. Don’t hold back with those impossibly over-the-top costumes. It’s what Conchita would want. Rudd’s, 148 Queen Victoria Street EC4V 4BY.