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Five fab Eurovision parties in Stockholm this weekend

Five fab Eurovision parties in Stockholm this weekend
It's Eurovision finale night in Stockholm this weekend! Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT
Stockholm hosts the 2016 edition of Eurovision on May 14th and the city is going all-out to make sure it's a night to remember. From performances by former winners, to an alternative take on affairs, here are five of the best ways to celebrate Eurovision in the Swedish capital.

1. Celebrate with Loreen at Eurovision The Party

Disappointed you couldn’t get a ticket to the Eurovision final? Console yourself by checking out Eurovision The Party at the Tele2 Arena. A stone’s throw from Globen, it’s as close as you can get to the main event itself without actually being there, and with Swedish Eurovision winners from years gone by like Loreen performing live, it’s certain to produce that authentic Song Contest atmosphere. If that’s not enticing enough, the final will be broadcast on a 300 square metre screen, and the evening rounded off with a huge after-party. Doors open at 18:00, tickets start at 300 kronor ($36). At the time of writing there were still tickets left.

Sweden's Eurovision winner Loreen. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

2. Enjoy the show with some popcorn at a 1940s cinema

Fancy watching Eurovision in a unique setting, but don’t want to spend too much money? Hornstull’s art-house cinema Bio Rio will be showing the final in their main hall from 8pm on Saturday, and entrance is free. It may be worth bringing some cash to load up on popcorn, drinks and snacks in order to get the full cinema experience though. With only 200 places available, it could also be a good idea to reserve a spot through the official website.

Photo: Lars Pehrson/TT

3. Dance the night away in Eurovision Village

If you feel like an open-air affair then head over to Kungsträdgården in central Stockholm on Saturday, where the official Eurovision Village has set up shop. Preliminary festivities begin with comedian and magician Stefan Odelberg on the main stage at 8pm, and continue through to the kick-off of the grand finale itself, which will be shown on a giant screen from 9pm. Did we mention there’s a dance floor? Entrance is free, but Kungsträdgården’s close proximity to the main shopping drag means it will likely fill up quickly. Turn up early to avoid disappointment.

Photo: Pontus Lundahl/TT

4. Hang with the alternative crowd at Södra Teatern

Södermalm’s Södra Teatern tends to go for a less mainstream approach and its plans for Eurovision are no different. Southern Stockholm’s premier drag queen Miss Inga will host a pre-show quiz from 7.30pm before the event itself is played out on a big screen, and when the final is wrapped up there’s a post-competition club night – including an “anti-Eurovision room” for anyone that has had enough. Entrance is free, but will only be granted to those aged 20 or over. 

Photo: Staffan Löwstedt/SVD/TT

5. Add a touch of class at the Sheraton Hotel

If a more elegant evening is your thing then the Sheraton Hotel’s Eurovision week is the place to be. Every night between 5.30pm and 9pm they’ll be serving Eurovision themed cocktails built on cava and champagne, and there’s also a special three-course Eurovision menu on offer in the restaurant. The final will be shown live on a big screen in their bar from 9pm. More information available here.

Photo: Eric Risberg

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