Eurovision 2022 is almost here, and the biggest night of music is one filled with entertainment.
The UK will be hoping to improve on their poor result last year, and to cheer on your favourite singer/country you might be looking to head out onto the town to watch it.
Ahead of the Eurovision 2022 event, here’s some of the events taking place around Birmingham where you can enjoy what the city has to offer on a special night for European music.
When is Eurovision 2022?
The 2022 instalment of Eurovision takes place on Saturday, 14 May.
Following on from semi-finals during the week, the showpiece final will begin at 8pm GMT and is expected to finish at around midnight.
Where is Eurovision 2022?
Eurovision 2021 was won by Italian band Måneskin with their song ‘Zitti E Buoni’. As is tradition, the winning country hosts the event the following year.
As Italy won last year, the event in 2022 will be held in Italy, with Turin playing the role as host city.
Are events taking place in Birmingham for Eurovision 2022?
The Eurovision Song Contest is an occasion where family and friends tend to get together to watch and enjoy.
Some people may decide to host events in their own homes, perhaps playing drinking games (for older audiences) to make the competition even more interesting.
If you do feel like heading out on the town for this year’s event, there are opportunities to visit nightlife spots in Birmingham.
Ju Ju’s Cafe, located near to the Utilita Arena, will be serving food from 6pm and showing the competition live on TV when it begins.
The cafe has said that the event is usually very popular and are therefore recommending people to book in advance to avoid disappointment.
Rounds of Eurovision Bingo will take place before the start of the main event.
When booking online, the cafe recommends that you put ‘Eurovision’ in the special requests box.
To book your space, visit the Ju Ju’s cafe website.
Who is representing the UK at Eurovision 2022?
Sam Ryder is representing the UK at Eurovision 2022. The singer rose to prominence and fame on Tik-Tok.
He was born and raised in Essex, and has toured as both a solo artist and as part of a band.
Sam has also revealed in an interview that he was inspired to start playing the guitar by Finnish rock band Lordi, who won Eurovision 2006.
He released two albums as a founding member of band ‘The Morning After’.
His fame on Tik-Tok came at the start of the coronavirus lockdown in March 2020 when he recorded himself singing covers of songs.
What are Sam’s odds of winning Eurovision 2022?
At the time of writing, bookmaker Paddy Power have odds which suggest Ukraine are the favourites for this year’s tournament.
However, Sam Ryder is currently second with odds of 6/1.
Sweden have odds of 7/1 and Italy 10/1
How can I watch Eurovision 2022?
The final will be shown live on BBC One. The show gets underway at 8pm.