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My Eurovision Pre-Party Experience: Part 1 (Amsterdam)

We're looking back at the first pre-party of the season!

With rehearsals in Tel Aviv starting shortly, I’m taking this chance to reflect on the pre-party season and the amazing experience I have over the past month and looking into what is in store for Tel Aviv.

In this article, I am looking at Eurovision in Concert, which was the first Pre-Party of the season.

Eurovision in Concert for the 2nd time in a row

After 2018, I initially decided not to attend Eurovision in Concert. Instead, I was planning to attend Israel Calling (to try and vary things a bit). However, Israel won the contest in Lisbon, this lead to Israel Calling not being hosted in 2019.

When the date was announced for this year’s Concert, I did not even think and I just went on and booked a ticket, because I know that the concert and the after-party will be a blast.

Since I was a spectator for Eurovision in Concert, I was with the other Eurovision fans at AFAS Live. I may or may not have been the first one in the queue. Let’s just say that I was desperate to get After-Party tickets that I sacrificed sleep in order to be the first one in the queue.

Luckily enough, I made a few friends in the queue (shout out to Jazzi, Laura, Krijn and Rose for putting up with my shenanigans and for my friend Amelia for guarding my queue spot at times), we took turns to go on and take pictures with the artists arriving into the venue, which you can see below.



The Eurovision in Concert in Amsterdam is the biggest pre-party event and there were nearly 5,000 people in attendance. The atmosphere was very euphoric and all the lights and the flags that were being waved around while the artists perform their entries and their reactions are priceless.

I cannot wait to attend Eurovision in Concert next year. Who knows, we might be heading to Amsterdam more than once in 2020.

You can find find out the interviews we did during this year’s Eurovision in Concert right here. You can also check out our opinion of the acts that have performed in Eurovision in Concert right here.

Thank You very much for reading this article. If you like what you have just read, then stick around, Part two is coming up where I talk about my experience from attending the Riga Pre-Party.

With Tel Aviv, just around the corner, do not forget to follow us on social media @ESCXTRA

Tim Jumawan

I started watching Eurovision ever since I moved to the UK in 2006, obsessed since 2012 and haven't looked back since.

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