Get out your knitted beards: Conchita Wurst is coming to London!
This Sunday — 25 February — the Eurovision 2014 winner takes the stage inside the fabulous London Palladium as part of BBC Radio 2’s Friday Night Is Music Night series. The concert series features large-scale performances celebrating the best in music, and regularly features top West End stars, current artists, and world-renowned international conductors.
Naturally Conchita will be going big. Besides performing with the world-famous BBC Concert Orchestra, she’s also bringing her own rock band to spice up the evening. Her concert will include her biggest hits like ‘Rise Like A Phoenix’ and ‘We Are Unstoppable’, but also the James Bond classic ‘Goldfinger’ and La Cage Aux Folles anthem ‘I Am What I Am’. As the ticketing site says: “This will be an evening like no other, full of excitement, drama and glamour!”
There’s an added bonus. Two, actually. Conchita will be joined by soul, gospel and R&B performer Mica Paris and Welsh singer Betsy. If you don’t know them, you will soon.
Win Tickets to Conchita’s London concert
We want you and a friend (or parent or loved one) to be there. So wiwibloggs is giving away two tickets to attend the show this Sunday.
All you have to do is tell us in 15 seconds or less why YOU deserve to win the tickets. Then upload your video to Instagram using the hashtag #conchitaXwiwi. You need to do this by Friday at 9:00 GMT. We will then choose our favourite by 11:00 GMT and will contact the winner directly on Instagram.
Please only enter if you’re available to attend the show in London at 19:30 this Sunday. The winner of the contest gets both tickets, and can take whomever he or she would like.
The concert will be held at the fabulous London Palladium, not far from Oxford Street in the heart of London’s theatre district.
In April 2017, Conchita hinted to Wiwibloggs that she was in discussions to dazzle us with a collaboration with the internationally acclaimed BBC Concert Orchestra, but she hadn’t closed the deal at the time.
Confirmation of the collaboration is further testament to her enduring popularity at home and abroad.
Conchita, who endured mockery in the months leading up to Eurovision 2014, rose like a phoenix in the bookies’ rankings after her stunning semi-final performance. She managed to tug on heartstrings while at the same time awing audiences with her powerful voice.
She eventually took the crown and brought together a continent with one of the most powerful winner’s speeches ever heard at the contest, reminding all those watching that we are moving forward with the unforgettable line: “You know who you are, we are unity and we are unstoppable”.
Conchita became a symbol of progressive Western values — and at a time the continent was increasingly divided. She dominated international headlines in the days that followed, and even garnered attention from major US chat show ‘Last Week Tonight with John Oliver’. The year culminated with Conchita making an appearance Stateside on the red carpet at the Golden Globe awards.
The concert will be recorded on February 25th, and broadcast on the following Friday at 8pm GMT on Radio 2. Tickets to the event are on sale on both the London Palladium website, and via the Radio 2 Friday Night Is Music Night page, ranging from £23.50-£67.50.
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