The UK branch of OGAE is one of the larger national fan clubs of Eurovision. For the past few years, it has held a preview party, and this has become one of the must-attend events for all British Eurovision fans. This year Manchester will again be hosting the event on Saturday 16 April.
Music fans across the UK are gearing up for one Europe’s biggest and best pre-Eurovision events – Boom Bang a Bang.
The event, which follows on from the recent successful appearances in Manchester of both Iceland’s Hera Björk and Kit Rolfe from Belle and the Devotions, is celebrating its fifth year in the city and promises to be bigger and better than ever.
And with just a few tickets remaining and some surprise Eurovision guests planning to make the trip to Manchester’s Oxford Road on 16 April, there is not a better place for fans to be.
The organiser Paul Marks-Jones, who runs his own events firm Eventuality said: "This year is the 30th anniversary since Buck’s Fizz won at Eurovision for the UK and I am sure it will form part of this year’s celebration.“When I hear people saying there is no interest in Eurovision in the UK, I think they don’t know what they are talking about judging by the increasing numbers of people drawn to this fun event.
"At the previous events we have had people travelling the length and breadth of the country to be here in Manchester. Most of the demand for tickets starts well before the date and venue are even announced and we only have a few left.
“All those coming along will be able to vote on all the songs at this May’s Eurovision Song Contest in Düsseldorf. It will be interesting to see whether fans agree on which songs should go through to the Eurovision final on 14 May.
“And with pop group Blue representing the UK this year who knows? We’re still in the early stages of song selection, but I’m confident our entry will surpass the standard of songs already submitted, so 2011 could be our year.”
The event will also include drinks offers, flag waving, an all request Eurovision Disco, and a free raffle with prizes which have a distinct Eurovision theme.
Boom Bang a Bang is being held at Revolution Bar, Oxford Road, Manchester, M1 5WH.
Purchasing tickets is much easier than getting seats in Dusseldorf – and are available at £6 in advance or £8 on the door from [email protected] or by telephoning Eventuality on 0871 0500 177. But hurry – they are selling FAST!
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