Denmark 2016: DMGP & the OGAE organised parties around this event
Vasil Dimitrov (Bulgaria)
HORSENS, DENMARK – February 13th is one of the big days of Danish national broadcaster DR (Danmarks Radio) this year. The annual Show “Dansk Melodi Grand Prix” is the national final for the ESC in Stockholm.
If you think the Scandinavian way, you can think bigger, like the Swedish semi-final shows of “Melodifestivalen” on prime time every Saturday these days. But “Dansk Melodi Grand Prix” is a huge live show aired by DR with a dreamlike audience rate. Since 2009 DR left the semi-finals and hold just one final show with 10 participants.
The venue changes every year. This year the host-town is Horsens. It is a Danish harbour-town with about 55.000 inhabitants. The “Forum Horsens” provides up to 4000 seats and the tickets are already sold out since October 2015.
The durable, well connected and innovative Danish-OGAE took it as a reason to prepare a full day of ESC feeling in Horsens.
Why not starting with a relaxed, familiar but peppy Pre-Party in the afternoon (3:30 p.m.) at a nostalgic theatre ballroom? A “anretning-like” buffet with about seven courses invites every ESC-fan for a chat with Danish and worldwide guests.
To get the right groove for the evening you get Denmark’s best ESC-cover band on theatre stage: Brother Inc. Because you are in Denmark you need to prepare to chant every single song with the audience. The venue is: Horsens Håndværker og Industriforening, Allegade, 8700 Horsens, Denmark (literally around the corner from the “Forum Horsens”). There still ticket available at www.billetto.dk for about 40 Euros including the buffet and band. (Tickets can just be purchased until February 3rd.)
If that wasn’t enough for a day you are welcome to join the After-Show-Party, also organised by the Danish-OGAE. You can have colourful ESC-Sundowners at the Café GRaN (Grønnegade 12, 8700 Horsens, Denmark). Even if you didn’t have the chance to see the “Dansk Melodie Grand Prix” live, (because you didn’t order your tickets early enough last year) you can watch it with (new) ESC-friends or in a local pub on-screen. Anyway, you are welcome to join the After-Show-Party for free. If you were at the Pre-Party and show your ticket you get a first drink of the evening for free.
Don’t miss one of the closest “to real” ESC-events in whole Europe to get to know the Danish participant live and the lively Danish OGAE in “party-mood”.
special thanks to Marco Boehm (Germany)