ESC 2014: EUROCLUB WILL BE IN VEGA
COPENHAGEN, DENMARK – We all remember how beautiful Malmö transformed itself into « Eurovision City » for the 2013 edition of the Eurovision Song Contest. Well, it seems that Danish neighbours are trying to make wonderful Copenhagen the « Eurovision Capital City » this year.
In an interview, the event coordinator Martin Bender has revealed even more information about how the city will welcome Europe between April 28th and May 11th 2014.
We already know many details about the B&W Hallderne and Refshaleøen island’s transformation for the event. But now, let’s see how the city centre will be involved with the celebrations.
First of all, the Euroblub won’t be on Eurovision Island itself, but right in the core of the city, in the VEGA complex. This is one of the most popular places in town, with two concert halls ‘(Store Vega and Lille Vega) as well as a bar (Ideal Bar) and three or four nightclubs. A deal is expected next week between Wonderful Copenhagen and VEGA Musikkens Hus. Every night until 4 am (or even 5 am on May 10th), participants, delegations, the media and other accredited people will have the privilege to relax and have fun in a place like no other in Eurovision history.
Moreover, the whole city will be turned into a “EuroVillage” centred on the Fan Mile, a 2.2 km long pedestrian street that will link Kongens Nytorv (King’s New Square) Rådhuspladsen (City Hall Square). All along this giant boulevard, there will be large outdoor screens (for broadcast) and many Eurovision related activities, especially street concerts from artists from all over Europe, as well as Australia or China. On Saturday May 10th, giant screens will allow people to follow the final in front of the City Hall. The core of this Fan Mile will be Gammeltotv / Nytorv (Ancient and New Squares), one of Copenhagen’s largest esplanades, to be called Eurovision Square for the occasion.
As far as transportation is concerned, visitors will be lent bikes to enjoy Copenhagen the Danish way. And in order to link the city centre to the Eurovision Island, buses, boats and the metro will be available.
We can say that this year’s motto “Join Us” will be followed to the letter by our Danish hosts, and Martin Bender promises even more surprises to come…