Songs, songs and more songs #87: Kylie Minogue, Netta, Hemlocke Springs, Dreamer Isioma + Grimes … and more Eurovision 2023 aftermath

(Photo by FPVmat A on Unsplash) You want music that sounds like it will playing in your head for days, weeks, months, and quite possibly, years? How about if it’s produced by artists with a distinctive look, sound and sense of musically artistically self? Also good right? What about if Continue Reading

Eurovision under the shadow of war: how the 2023 contest highlighted humanitarianism, empathy and solidarity

In 2022, Ukraine won the Eurovision Song Contest in a landslide victory. Traditionally, the winner hosts the following year but due to the significant security issues posed by the ongoing war with Russia, Ukraine was unable to host. As the 2022 runners-up, the United Kingdom stepped in to assist with hosting Continue Reading

Put your platform shoes away and get up from the stage: The Eurovision Song Contest wraps up for another year “united by music”

(courtesy / Corinne Cumming / EBU) What another amazing year of musical togetherness! With the Eurovision Song Contest have run its unifying course for another year, and Sweden having been crowned the winner with Loreen becoming the first woman with her atmospheric song “Tattoo” to win the contest in Continue Reading

Eurovision 2023: why the stage itself is the silent star of the contest (curated article)

(The stage of the 67th annual Eurovision Song Contest at the M&S Bank Arena in Liverpool. Adam Vaughan/EPA Images) This week, Liverpool stages one of the world’s largest live televised events, the Eurovision Song Contest. I grew up watching it as an annual family get-together. Now, as a lecturer in Continue Reading

How to win Eurovision: the secret code of the contest’s winning lyrics (curated article)

(The Eurovision Song Contest stage. Review News/Shutterstock) The Eurovision Song Contest is one of the few remaining examples of event TV – and UK audiences lap it up. With 8.9 million viewers in 2022, Britain formed the largest audience of all Eurovision markets. And this time around, there’s even a Continue Reading

#Eurovision cultural festival 2023 UK movie review: Limbo

Severing someone’s connection to time and place, to the world which makes and sustains them is a catastrophic act that understandable generates a cascading wall of trauma that never really abates, unless, of course, by some compassionately selfless act, they are given the opportunity to reconnect in some other meaningful Continue Reading

Road to Eurovision 2023: Week 7 – The Big 6 – France, Germany, Italy, Spain, Ukraine and United Kingdom (Grand final)

What is the Eurovision Song Contest?Started way back in 1956 as a way of drawing a fractured Europe back together with the healing power of music, the Eurovision Song Contest, or Concours Eurovision de la Chanson – the contest is telecast in both English and French – is open to Continue Reading