Greek Eurovision 2013 singers Koza Mostra feat. Agathon Iakovidis learnt that neither “Eurovision or Alcohol was Free” when they made it to the contest in Sweden. The group put in an amazing performance to bring Greece to 6th place in the Grand Final however behind the scenes it was a challenging time for the band.
(YouTube Video Courtesy of Eurovision)
Greek television network Mega reported the band members shared hotel rooms and were limited to a daily stipend of a mere €15. The hardship unfortunately continued even after the band returned to a hero’s welcome back in Athens. Band member Ilias Kozas told Mega “We had to take a long distance bus back to Thessaloniki” – his home town. To put that in context that is a 500km bus ride as opposed to a connecting flight.
The band returned to a hero’s welcome in Athens where the result was some good news for once on Greek television. Hundreds of fans and Greek media were out in force to greet the Eurovision singers back.
We came across this wonderful version of “Alcohol is Free” – and it is actually free. Enjoy!
(YouTube Video Courtesy of JohnBirdBigBand)
Author/Website co-founder and Editor in Chief Garrett Mulhall
Source – Wall Street Journal