Amsterdam Calling 2019

flyer3The 2019 edition of the annual OGAE-party Amsterdam Calling that took place on April 5th in the Amsterdam pop venue De Melkweg was a huge succes! The event sold out completely and was 100% Eurovision, with a line up of Eurovision stars from past and present, singing not only their own entries but other Eurovision classics as well! These were the artists announcing their performances 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 carreer 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 brought 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 her 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. This year Hera will participate again in the Icelandic national semifinals with the ballad Moving On. The national final will be held on March 2nd.

Eye Cue is a  pop-rock duo from North Macedonia, consisting of vocalists Bojan Trajkovski  and Marija Ivanovska. The group had chart successes in their home country and won Skopje Fest in 2015. In 2018 they participated in the Eurovision Song Contest in Lisbon with their song Lost and found. 

Irish Ryan O’Shaughnessy is known in his home country as a singer-songwriter and  actor. In 2012 he reached the live shows of The Voice of Ireland and in the same year he reached the final of Britain’s Got Talent, ending fifth. He represented Ireland in the Eurovison Song Contest 2018 with the song Together. Nice to know: Ryans uncle Gary O’Shaugnessy took part in Eurovision as well, in 2001, with the song Without your love.

Before performing at the Eurovision Song Contest in 1987 as the Dutch representative, Marga Bult (Marcha) already was a succesful singer in her home country, as a part of the girlgroups Tulip and Babe. After Eurovision she also started a career as a presenter. Together with Eurovision-artists Maggie MacNeal and Sandra Reemer (later on replaced by Justine Pelmelay) she toured as the Dutch Diva’s. She performed as a special guest star in 2018 at the concerts by De Toppers (Eurovision 2009) in the Johan Cruyff Arena.

Unfortunately Marga could not host the show after all, as a result of physical discomfort. Singer and presenter Laura Vlasblom (former member of Frizzle Sizzle, ESC 1986) was so kind as to take her place. With just a few days of preparation she did an excellent job!

After the performances Eurovision-dj’s Louis and First Rank transformed the evening in De Melkweg into a dance event filled with catchy and surprising Eurovision beats, you just hád to dance and sing along to.

The day after Amsterdam Calling the city also hosted Eurovision in Concert, with lots of future Eurovision classics. A unique combination that definitely guarantees a Eurovison filled weekend: a must-see for any fan!

Take a look at the 2018 edition of Amsterdam Calling right here!