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My Eurovision Pre-Party Experience: Part 2 (Riga)

Reaching the Halfway point of my Pre-Party cycle

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 my experience attending the annual Pre-Party Riga, which is the second pre-party of the season.

New Party, New Country

The Riga Pre-Party has always been an interest to me for a while now. At first I thought it wasn’t taking place. However, when the date was finally confirmed, I booked my flights and Airbnb, then suddenly I was off to the Baltics once again.

Before the promotion begins, the Press in attendance, along with KEiiNO did a walking tour of the old town and also trying some Black Balsam!. The weather might’ve been cold, but it was certainly nice to walk around and explore as much as possible.


The Interviews Begin…

In the afternoon, the press event began where Edgars Kreilis, Monika Marija, KEiiNO and Carousel were in attendance, where they took questions from the Press, and this is where they took the time to have some one on one interviews.

I was lucky enough to have the chance to talk to them before they made their way to rehearsals (which you are able to watch below), where I asked them about how KEiiNO came about and their thoughts about competing at MGP and their staging.

After the Pre-Party, I managed to grab a few moments from Carousel, where I asked about them about competing in Supernova and what their thoughts are, about representing Latvia at the Eurovision Song Contest this year in Tel Aviv.

Overall, I really enjoyed my experience in Riga. If I have the chance to do it again in 2020, I would definitely take that chance. I have not seen everything Riga has to offer and I would like to come back and do it again.

You can also watch some of the performances and interviews we have done during the Riga Pre-Party by clicking here.

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

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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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