We now know that the 60th edition of the Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Vienna. ORF thinks fans will love the home of classical music and architecture, and now they know that the bigwigs from the EBU already do. It may have taken the Eurovision bosses a week to visit Vienna Stadthalle, but the wait was worth it. They love it, y’all!
Jan Ola Sand, the Executive Supervisor, had this to say:
“The Stadthalle is a very good choice for the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest – the venue has the space, capacity and know-how to run big events. Of course the contest is a very special event, but it seems to perfectly fit. We will have compact ‘games’ with a good flow for artists, press and delegations.”
He added that both the Eurovision Village and the Euro Club will be within easy reach of the arena. It’s close to the city centre, making it easily accessible by underground, tram and even by foot. You shouldn’t underestimate how important this is. Contestants, fans and members of the press will now be able to move directly from rehearsals and press conferences to daytime concerts and nighttime parties. Last year everything was so spread out a lot of people gave these extras a miss. It didn’t help that shuttle buses were unreliable and suh-low.
The big boss also suggested that Vienna was a better choice than the smaller alternatives:
“Vienna is a fantastic city with lots of culture, arts and culinary highlights – it has it all. The city is one of the big European centres and perfect for the Eurovision Song Contest. I’m sure it will absorb the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest well.”
The biggest Eurovision ever?
As we wait for the final list of participating countries, we can be confident that it will grow. Negotiations with countries within the EBU have been going on since last year, so as to ensure that the 60th anniversary of Europe’s favourite TV show will include more participants than ever. Jan Ola Sand seems sure about that, emphasising that many countries have confirmed participation already, including Cyprus which withdrew in 2014.
Vienna’s city hall has suggested that local shops will stay open on Sunday during the competition. Looks like they are pulling out ALL the stops!
Photos: ORF/APA – Hans Klaus Techt