It’s the only pre-party that happens before all the songs have been selected. But that doesn’t mean that Stockholm’s Melfest WKND bash is short on star power. The event, now in it’s second year, will feature a host of Eurovision and national final names, the first of which has just been confirmed — Cyprus’ Sandro.
Sandro at Melfest WKND 2020
Sandro was internally selected to represent Cyprus in late 2019. And while the Mediterranean island has developed a reputation for fierce female pop courtesy of Eleni Foureira and Tamta, the German-born popstar of Greek and American descent promises to bring something different — think “Shawn Mendes kisses James Arthur kisses Lewis Capaldi”.
Melfest WKND 2020: All you need to know
Formerly known as the Melfest Pre-Party, the 2020 edition is set to be even bigger. It will take place in the Nalen venue on Friday 6 March, the night before the Melodifestivalen grand final. It’s organised by Melodifestivalklubben, the Swedish arm of OGAE. Alexander Borodin, the club’s president, says:
In the Swedish fan club we are delighted that more and more fans from all over the world choose to come to Stockholm every year. Not only do we have a popular national final but in the same weekend, we also kick off the pre ESC party season. It’s so cool that we are able to get a first impression of some of the Eurovision acts already in beginning of March.
Doors open at 21:00 CET and tickets start at 300 SEK, approximately €30.00. For more information or to buy tickets, visit the official Melodifestivalklubben website.
The inaugural event featured appearances from three Eurovision 2019 acts — France’s Bilal Hassani, Denmark’s Leonora and Norway’s KEiiNO. Finland’s 2013 singer and regular UMK host Krista Siegfrids also performed, as did national final singers Emma Sandström (Finland 2017 and San Marino 2018), Greta Zazza (Lithuania 2017 and 2018) and Melodifestivalen veteran Linda Bengtzing.
Other confirmed events on the pre-party calendar include Amsterdam’s Eurovision in Concert, London’s Eurovision Party and Madrid’s PrePartyES. Riga, Moscow and Tel Aviv have also held events in recent years.
Will you be in Stockholm for the Melfest final? Will you be going to see Sandro? Let us know in the comments.