13/04/2023 | John Meadowcroft
It’s nearly here… EuroVillage is open, the turquoise carpet’s out, Frankie’s back, and Conchita’s already moved us to tears at the Big Eurovision Welcome.
Excitement’s in the air. Who would have thought Liverpool would ever have had a shot at hosting the world’s greatest song contest?
The city’s done a great job so far, and there’s a whole week of semi-final fun to be had in the run-up to Saturday’s climax, when the eyes of the world turn to Merseyside.
Liverpool doesn’t get to have all the fun, though. We know how to put on a good show, too, and communities across the Left Bank have been showing support to both the contest and Ukraine with events like April’s Dancing in the Park.
Pupils across the Left Bank and their schools have also joined in, coming together to help design and create a Pysanka Egg with artist Pamela Sullivan for the egg trail currently on show in Liverpool ONE. (Catch it while you can, they’ve done a great job.)
If you’re more of a home bird than a liver bird on the night, then there are plenty of places to watch Eurovision across the Left Bank and dance the night away.
Eurovision Final - Big Screen Event - Floral Pavilion, 7:15 PM
Tickets are still available at time of us going to pixel; for £20 you’ll be treated to a glass of prosecco or a soft drink, and popcorn. The final will be shown on a big screen in the Pavilion’s main auditorium; fancy dress is encouraged and should be a good one for the family.
Book on the Floral Pavilion website
Eurovision 2023 Grand Final: Live - Vue Cinema, Birkenhead, 7:30 PM
If you don’t fancy watching Graham and Rylan on the small screen, you can study every wrinkle and crevice on one of the massive cinema screens at the Vue in Birkenhead. They promise ‘a special preview of BBC Three's new show 'I Kissed a Boy' presented by Dannii Minogue’ before the Final at 8 PM; worth a look.
Find out more on the Vue’s website
Eurovision 2023 Grand Final: Live - The Light, New Brighton, 6 PM
The same deal as the Vue, above, if you’d rather make a night of it in New Brighton afterward. The Light, though, is also promising pre-show fun and entertainment from 6 PM before the Final begins. Why not go early with the family and have a pizza at Fratellis, something tasty from Pitts Burger, and round it off with a treat at Coffee Cabana?
More details on the Light’s website
Eurovision Party - Start-Yard, Birkenhead, 7 PM
There’s always a great time to be had at Start-Yard, and they’re throwing a spectacular Eurovision party at their place from 7 PM until late. They’ll be playing winning songs from the past to build a brilliant Eurovision atmosphere, and the cafe-bar will be open, too, so you’ll be well fed and watered watching the final on their big screen.
Further info on the Start-Yard website
Mersey Ferries Eurovision Viewing Party - Seacombe Ferry Terminal, 7 PM
Might be a stretch to get a ticket by now, but God loves a trier. Departing from Seacombe at 7 PM, you’ll be given a glass of Bucks Fizz on boarding, have access to glitter make-up stations and more. You can watch the show across both main and upper decks while appreciating the stunning views of both banks of the Mersey.
Try your luck on the Mersey Ferries website
Or, if Eurovision isn’t your bag…
MOSHtalgia - Molly's Chambers Bar & Kitchen, 13 May 2023, 8 PM
If you’re more goth than glitter, Molly’s Chambers is the place to get away from any mention of it. MOSHtalgia couldn’t be further away from Eurovision’s peppy, pop-filled performances; expect a smorgasbord of KERRANG and SCUZZ classics to bounce your bonce to.
More info on the Molly’s Chambers’ Facebook page
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