On March 13 organisers of both Israel Calling in Tel Aviv and the PrePartyES in Madrid announced they were cancelling their events as the world continues to battle the spread of coronavirus. Now the organisers of the London Eurovision Party have updated worried fans who are worried about the status of the event in London.
Writing on Twitter, organisers released a statement outlining the uncertainty in the UK. They’ve advised their followers that they are working with the venue (Café de Paris) and are following the government’s advice to ensure the safety of patrons. The situation in the UK is — as they rightly describe — “fluid”, so the team are asking for patience.
This comes after an announcement from Eurovision contenders The Roop from Lithuania saying they’d cancelled all pre-party appearances. The Lithuanian trio are staying safe to ensure they can perform in May.
— London Eurovision (@LDNEurovision) March 13, 2020
All eyes on Amsterdam
Given that more and more governments are introducing restrictions on travel, flights and public events, it seems likely that more artists will have to make tough decisions in the weeks ahead. It’s likely that more artists will withdraw from events even if they aren’t cancelled.
Questions loom over another big party, too. We are still waiting a statement from Eurovision in Concert, which is due to be held in Amsterdam on April 4. That’s just four days after The Netherlands plans to lift its ban on large gatherings. This timeframe of those restrictions could be extended, given how the virus is spreading.
We can’t be sure of how the virus will affect the contest in May. But the EBU is proceeding with their plans as if the contest is happening. The mayor of Rotterdam wants a final decision by April 6th on whether the show will go on. And naturally eager fans are hoping to know soon so they can arrange or re-arrange their travel plans.
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