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Vienna Media News 03/2015 Vienna to host the 60th Eurovision Song Contest

A total of nine shows – two semi-finals and a final, each comprising three shows – will play out at the Wiener Stadthalle during the 60th Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) between May 18 and 23, 2015:

  • Semi-final 1: May 18, 2015, 9pm: jury show; May 19, 2015, 3pm: family show, 9pm: TV broadcast
  • Semi-final 2: May 20, 2015, 9pm: jury show; May 21, 2015, 3pm: family show, 9pm: TV broadcast
  • Final: May 22, 2015, 9pm: jury show; May 23, 2015, 1pm: family show, 9pm: TV broadcast

ESC ticket sales opened on December 15, 2014. In all, around 90,000 tickets are going on sale for the shows at the Wiener Stadthalle. Rather than selling them all at once, tickets will be offered in batches. International ticket sales are handled by www.oeticket.com (tel. +43-1-96096). Sales in Austria are available via www.oeticket.com (tel. +43-1-96096) and www.stadthalle.com (tel. +43-1-98100-480). The box office is located next to the main entrance to the Wiener Stadthalle (Roland-Rainer-Platz 1, 1150 Vienna). Purchasers will receive a confirmation, and the original tickets with anti-counterfeiting features will follow by post in time for the shows. Tickets cost between EUR 14 and EUR 390 (Info at http://songcontest.orf.at).

The first official fixture of the 2015 ESC cycle came on January 26, 2015 when a delegation from Copenhagen symbolically presented a chain with keys to Vienna Mayor Michael Häupl at the Insignia ceremony. This was followed by the draw to decide the starting order for the two semi-finals. The race to find Austria’s representative for 2015 will start in February. The winner will be decided over the course of four prime-time TV shows on ORF. Additional dates: the Wiener Stadthalle will start laying the groundwork for the event on April 7, 2015, with the first rehearsals scheduled for May 11, 2015. On May 17, 2015 Vienna Mayor Michael Häupl will be guest of honour at the Opening Ceremony at a red carpet affair at City Hall. The official Eurovision Village fan zone will open on the same day.

A countdown tower on Rathausplatz has been ticking off the minutes until the 2015 Eurovision Song Contest since mid-January. All four sides of the eight-meter-high column are fitted with LEDs displaying how long there is to go until the world’s largest music competition gets underway, alongside up-to-the-minute information. The official ESC hot spot for fans and all music lovers Eurovision Village will take up residence on Rathausplatz from May 17-23, 2015. In addition to live stage shows, performances by artists from participating countries and giant screens, there will be themed parties, family entertainment and no end of song contest music. From May 19-23, 2015 ESC visitors will be given the chance to get to know the city during a series of specially themed walking tours, with music among the focuses.

While the Eurovision Village will act as a focal point for the general public, the Euro Club will provide the perfect place for accredited journalists to hang out and work. Close to the Wiener Stadthalle, the Ottakringer Brewery in the 16th district is the ideal venue. Vienna’s last major historic brewery has firmly established itself as one of the capital’s main cultural hotspots, having hosted an impressive number of events, parties, concerts and live performances in recent years. Journalists can host interviews at the Euro Club or simply meet up with the artists and national representatives to see out the day in style. The location will also be used by the various delegations to promote their artists, either with live performances or parties inspired by their country of origin.

Eurovision Song Contest

May 19-23, 2015

Wiener Stadthalle, Roland-Rainer-Platz 1, 1150 Vienna
www.stadthalle.com

Contact:

Vienna Tourist Board
Helena Hartlauer
Media Relations UK, USA, Canada, Australia
Tel. (+ 43 1) 211 14-364

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