For many years now, the Eurovision Song Contest has been taking place in May. On the other side, the fan club meetings usually take place in autumn, occasionally in spring – just before the national final season, which helps bridge over the time between national selections and Eurovision week. However, summers have been free of Eurovision happenings for a long time. This is why some three years ago the Berlin Eurovision fans started a so-called Eurovision Weekend in the German capital to help passionate fans keep going until the season of song selections starts.
And, ahead of us, it’s that fabled weekend again, the Eurovision Weekend! The programme will kick off with karaoke of Friday and end with a brunch with the Berlin fan club – Berliner Sonntagsclub e.V. In the midst of it all – a gala evening in Pfefferberg, a former brewery just on the border between Prenzlauer Berg and Mitte – will take place.
This year, Eurovision Weekend will see three special guests. Amongst them will be the 2015 German Eurovision entrant Ann Sophie, and two Eurovision entrants from the past – DQ (2007) and Kirsten Siggard (1984, 1985, 1988) from Denmark.
Ann Sophie’s will to perform at Eurovision Weekend particularly shows her dedication to singing, regardless of her poor result in Vienna. She plans to perform her entire repertoire to present her full range of vocal capabilities and to show the fans that her performance at Eurovision wasn’t valued enough. Another act will be Peter Andersen, better known as DQ, who was the first solo drag act in the history of Eurovision Song Contest – back in 2007. Even though the entry stayed in the semis in Helsinki, DQ’s performance definitely counts for one of the success stories in the Contest, as the song Drama Queen engraved itself in the memory of millions of fans.
However, the highlight of the weekend will be the appearance of the Danish entrant Kirsten Siggard. She performed three times at the Eurovision Song Contest, firstly in 1984 with Det ‘Lige Det, then one year later with Sku’ You Spørg ‘Fra No’en? and again in 1988 with Ka’ You Se Hva ‘Jeg Sa’?, when she sang pregnant. All three of her acts – twice under the name “Hot Eyes,” and 1988 in a duet with Søren Bundgaard, were successful: a fourth, an eleventh and a third place.
It’s a fantastic thing that the Berlin Eurovision Fan Fest organisers in cooperation with the Danish Fan Club managed to invite these three artists. The event will definitely bridge the gap between the early 80’s and present time and will unquestionably be a fun bop for all the fans.