Eurovision in Concert — the longest-running Eurovision preview event — is celebrating its tenth anniversary on 14 April. So organisers are thinking big and will stage the annual concert inside Amsterdam’s AFAS Live rather than their traditional venue — the smaller (but perfectly formed) Melkweg. Tickets go on sale 29 September on Ticketmaster Netherlands.
The news comes hot off the heels of yesterday’s announcement that Edsilia Rombley — Eurovision 1998 and 2007 singer — would be hosting the event, accompanied by Dutch Eurovision commentator Cornald Maas. The two hosted the event together once before in 2015.
Billed in the official promo video as “a special XL edition”, Eurovision in Concert moves to the more spacious AFAS Live. It might ring some bells with you as the host venue for Junior Eurovision 2012. At that time it was known as the Heineken Music Hall.
By moving away from the Melkweg, the concert parts ways with the picturesque Amsterdam city centre and to the southwestern edge of the city. The venue is part of a cluster of entertainment venues, resting near Johan Cruijf Arena — the country’s biggest football stadium — and the major pop arena Ziggo Dome. You may not be able to snap your fancy canal photos at night, but you will enjoy ease of transport, as the Bijlmer-Arena train station is directly next to the venue.
The new venue can accommodate a much larger crowd. AFAS Live can hold up to 6,000 people to the Melkweg’s 1,000. Talk about expansion!
Tickets will go on sale significantly earlier than in recent years. Tickets have traditionally gone on sale just after Christmas, but this year ticket sales begin on 29 September.
Eurovision in Concert is known as the mother of all Eurovision pre-party events. Last year acts from 33 countries took to the stage at the Melkweg and we hope that there will be even more for this year’s milestone event.
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