From Riga to London, Tel Aviv to Amsterdam, and Moscow to Madrid, Eurovision pre-party season is on the horizon. And now Spain’s big event — the Eurovision Spain Pre-Party Madrid — is gearing up for its second season after last year’s debut success.
The Iberian city will once again be the last key stop on the Eurovision promotional tour and will take place just a week before rehearsals kick off in Lisbon. It’s a final chance for acts to test their vocals in front of a braying mob of Eurovision fans — perhaps the best practice for the main event.
Eurovision Spain Pre-Party
Our friends at Eurovision-Spain are once again following their much-loved schedule from last year, holding an intimate Welcome Party and a larger concert the following day.
This year’s Madrid pre-party is set for April 21, with its Welcome Party taking place on April 20. Soraya is excited and so are we…
The pre-party returns to the iconic Sala La Riviera, which is nestled on the banks of the Manzanares River and surrounded by magical gardens and parks. With a capacity of 1,800, the venue is more than ready to celebrate Eurovision at its finest. La Noche es para Eurovision fans. But it’s also for Soraya Arnelas. The blonde bombshell will follow in the footsteps of last year’s Ruth Lorenzo and serve as host.
She’ll be assisted by Amaia and Alfred, who will act as singing ambassadors and will welcome all participating delegations. Thirteen acts have been announced so far.
- Eugent Bushpepa (Albania)
- Sennek (Belgium)
- Mikolas Josef (Czech Republic)
- Madame Monsieur (France)
- Zibbz (Switzerland)
- SuRie (United Kingdom)
- Michael Schulte (Germany)
- Alekseev (Belarus)
- Lea Sirk (Slovenia)
- DoReDos (Moldova)
- Laura Rizzotto (Latvia)
- Eye Cue (Macedonia)
- Amaia and Alfred (Spain)
- Lucía Pérez (ESC 2011) – guest artist performance
With still a month to go, more names are sure to drop. In fact, organisers have confirmed 17 acts already, but have chosen to withhold the names of four of them. Say yay yay yay!
After the concert, a DJ will spin Eurovision hits to close this unforgettable night. The show starts at 22:00 CET.
Warm up: Eurovision-Spain Welcome Party on Friday
Eurovision-Spain.com takes it to another level for the second year and has secured a larger and louder event for its welcome party.
That venue — the Joy Eslava club — is located in the heart of Madrid. Lucía Pérez — who told Europe that no one can take her fun away back at Eurovision 2011 — will host the event. And not alone! Eurovision expert and TVE’s commentating assistant Víctor Escudero will join her.
Coral Segovia is the only confirmed act for now. The Madrid-born singer tried on several occasions to represent the Iberian Nation — in 2005, 2006, 2008 and 2010. She also hoped to participate in 2009 but withdrew before the selection even started. Her latest offering for Eurovision – “En una Vida” – finished close to the win in 2010, losing out to Daniel Diges’ song “Algo Pequeñito”.
More acts are set to be announced soon. The Welcome Party will feature several Spanish singers related to Eurovision, as well as this year’s acts.
The ESC 2018 stars will sit really close to the dance floor, so if you’re lucky, you might be able to jump and sing along with them — as seen last year with Lindita!
— wiwibloggs (@wiwibloggs) April 14, 2017
As last year, the team at wiwibloggs will be on the ground to secure footage of all the performances, as well as interviews with the stars for both events. Stay tuned for more news!
Tickets for the Welcome Party are still available for 18 euros. Unfortunately, the EsPreParty (April 21) has already sold out. But organisers have booked an extra 100 tickets exclusively for sale at the ticket office on the day of the concert. For more information about tickets, click on this link.
Who’s your favourite of the confirmed acts? Are you glad to see Madrid holding this event again? Let us know in the comments section below!