As we reported earlier in the month, the official EBU backed Eurovision 60th anniversary concert will take place in London on 31 March. Several broadcasters have signed up to broadcast the BBC produced Eurovision’s Greatest Hits, but the Dutch channel AvtroTros is not one of them. Now, after much speculation it has emerged that while the Netherlands will not be at the official party, they will still be celebrating.
Yes, they’re bringing the party to them. A special concert will take place in Amsterdam’s Ziggo Dome arena on 15 May. Unlike the gala style show in March, this will be a more interactive affair. There will be giant lyric screens, enabling the crowd to sing along hence the event is called the Song Festival Sing Along.
The line-up is dominated by Dutch artists including 1969 winner Lenny Kuhr. There will be some international flavour courtesy of the UK’s Brotherhood of Man, Ireland’s Johnny Logan and Demark’s Emmelie De Forest, all of whom are also appearing at the London event. Interestingly, the ticketing website lists some additional acts who are not mentioned on the concert’s official site, most notably Norway’s Alexander Rybak. There are also reports that Belgium’s 1986 winner Sandra Kim has signed up, although her name does not appear on any of the sites connected with the event.
Song Festival Sing Along Confirmed Acts
- Lenny Kuhr (The Netherlands 1969)
- Brotherhood of Man (United Kingdom 1976)
- Sandra Reemer (The Netherlands 1972 and 1976)
- Maggie McNeal (The Netherlands 1980)
- Johnny Logan (Ireland 1980 and 1987)
- Frizzle Sizzle (The Netherlands 1986)
- Ruth Jacott (The Netherlands 1993)*
- Marlayne (The Netherlands 1999)
- Esther Hart (The Netherlands 2003)
- Edsilia Rombley (The Netherlands 1998 and 2007)
- Alexander Rybak (Norway 2009)*
- Emmelie de Forest (Denmark 2013)
*Act is listed on ticketing site but not official show site