In case you were wondering: OGAE NL, the Dutch Eurovision fan club, will in 2019 again organize Amsterdam Calling: thé Dutch Eurovison event, where the song contests’ artists and fans from all over Europe can meet. The 2019-edition will take place on Friday, April 5th in the renowned Amsterdam pop venue De Melkweg. Tickets are now available on Ticketmaster.nl. The first performing artists announce themselves:
Ronnie Tober was born in the Netherlands, but moved to the United States at a very early age, grew up there and started a singing career. He returned to the Netherlands at the age of 19 and kept singing. In 1965 he participated in the Dutch national finals for the Eurovision Song Contest with the song ‘Geweldig’ (‘Fabulous’). He did not win the ticket, but the song became a Dutch hit record. In 1968 Ronnie participated in Eurovision with the song ‘Morgen’ (‘Tomorrow’) but the results were disappointing. The English version of the song became a hit record by the Blue Diamonds. Ronnie has had a succesful and stable Dutch ever since. Nowadays he’s still performing, last May as a special guest with the Toppers (ESC 2009) in the Amsterdam Johan Cruyff Arena.
Linda Martin participated in the Irish national finals a stunning total of nine times. She performed at the Eurovision Song Contes twice, both times with a Johnny Logan song. In 1984 she became the runner up with ‘Terminal Three’, in 1992 she took victory to her home country with ‘Why me’, a Eurovision classic. Only months ago she released an album with new versions of both her own entries as well as other Eurovision classics.
SuRie was a backing vocalist for Belgian Eurovision entries Loïc Nottet (2015) and Blanche (2017) before she participated as a solo artist for her own country, the United Kingdom. Her live performance at the final was disturbed by a stage invader, but she managed to finish the song in a fabulous way. Although the final result was not extremely succesful, she is greatly admired by Eurovision fans.
Imri Ziv participated in Eurovision in 2017 with the song I feel alive, after having performed as a backing vocalist in the previous years with Nadav Guedj (2015) en Hovi Star (2016). He now performs simply as IMRI.
Hera Björk represented Iceland at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2010 with her song Je ne sais quoi, which was partly in Englisch and partly in French. The year before she became second in the national final of Denmark with the song Someday. She also could be seen on the Eurovision stage as a backing vocal for the Icelandic entries in 2008, 2009 and 2015.
In 2009 probeerde de zangeres al namens Denemarken deel te nemen aan het songfestival. Toen werd ze echter tweede in de nationale finale met het lied Someday, geschreven door onder andere de Zweedse liedjesschrijver Jonas Gladnikoff. Hera Björk nam ook driemaal deel als achtergrondzangeres bij de IJslandse inzending aan het Eurovisiesongfestival: op het festival van 2008, het festival van 2009 en het festival van 2015.
More performers at Amsterdam Calling will be announced soon.
After the performances at April 5th some Eurovision-dj’s will transform the evening in De Melkweg into a dance event filled with catchy and surprising Eurovision beats, you have gót to dance and sing along to.
The day after Amsterdam Calling the city will also host Eurovision in Concert, with lots of future Eurovision classics. A unique combination that will guarantee a Eurovison filled weekend: a must-see for any fan!
Take a look at last year’s editon of Amsterdam Calling right here!