LATVIA: Stockholm Syndrome takes hold in Riga as Pre-Eurovision Party 2016 is announced


If there’s one country that likes to party, it’s Latvia. They also love the Eurovision. So much so, that since 2014, Latvia has been throwing an annual pre-Eurovision party extravaganza to celebrate their participation.

This year, organisers OGAE Latvia have pulled out the stops and are promising to bring Sweden to Latvia for all those who can’t make the journey to Stockholm. Former Swedish Eurovision winners Herreys (1985) have been confirmed to perform, as well as top Swedish pop band Schlagerfeber, who will cover famous Eurovision songs to add to the party atmosphere. How exciting is this?

Fact: Did you know that Herreys were the first western band to be invited behind the ‘iron curtain’ to visit countries in the former USSR? Those golden boots (Diggi-loo, Diggi-ley) certainly carried them far!

Schlagerfeber are composed of former Eurovision backing singers so they’re well experienced when it comes to belting out epic Eurovision tunes (ABBA, anyone?). Guests can be assured a packed dancefloor and a fantastic party atmosphere when these guys are on stage.

Also in attendance will be Eurovision contestants Justs from Latvia, Rykka from Switzerland and Ivan from Belarus along with Bosnian/Herzegovina contestants Dalal & Deen, cellist Ana Rucner and rapper Jala. That’s just for starters! Many acts are still to be announced so watch this space for details.

Guests at past Latvian Pre-Eurovision parties have included winners Alexander Rybek and Conchita Wurst. Perhaps last year’s Swedish winner, Mans Zelmerlow will make an appearance? Will our own Nicky Byrne be there? I have just one burning question; will the Riga Beaver be in attendance? It wouldn’t be a party without him!

The event will take place on the 2nd of April at the Spikeri concert hall, Riga. Tickets available here.


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