Get ready, Europe: the Queen is on her way!
Conchita Wurst, the reigning champion of the Eurovision Song Contest, has been incredibly busy since winning Austria’s second Eurovision title in May. In the past week alone, Pride in London, Stockholm Pride, Amsterdam Pride, Dublin Pride, and Shangay Pride in Madrid have all announced that Conchita will be performing at each event.
Conchita will first grace her fans in Ireland by performing at The George, Dublin’s longest-running gay bar, on 27 June. Her performance is part of a list of events scheduled for Dublin Pride.
“I want to spread my message of tolerance, acceptance and respect for people who are different – I know my Irish supporters will help me do just that,” Conchita told RTÉ.
Admission is €15. Doors open at 8 p.m., and Conchita goes onstage at midnight.
Conchita will be the headline performer at Pride in London, performing at Trafalgar Square on 28 June at 5:30 p.m.
“I am really looking forward to seeing you all at Pride in London,” she said in a press release. Let us be proud about who we are and let us give a statement for love, respect and tolerance.”
“Winning Eurovision, she raised the profile of the LGBT+ community across a continent and sent an important political message,” said Pride in London Chair Michael Salter. “We are thrilled that she is coming to celebrate Pride in London.”
Admission to Pride in London events is free.
Watch Conchita herself make the announcement here:
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Conchita will also inaugurate Stockholm Pride, the Nordic region’s largest Pride festival, on 30 July at Pride Park at Östermalms IP, performing “Rise Like a Phoenix”.
“This is big!” said Stockholm Pride president Sandra Ehne in a press release. “When Conchita stepped out on the Eurovision stage in May, and stated ‘We are unity, we are unstoppable,’ she summed up an emotional moment of how we’re all fighting for a better and much more open world together.”
On 29 July, Conchita be on SVT’s “Allsång på Skansen” (English: Sing-along at Skansen), warming up for the next day’s events.
This is Conchita’s second Stockholm Pride, having also visited the city in 2013 to perform.
Tickets are available at ticnet. Prices and details are available on StockholmPride.org.
Watch Conchita’s performance from Stockholm Pride 2013 below:
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Conchita will be performing at Shangay Pride, a big glamorous pride concert to be held on 4 July at the Vicente Calderón Stadium in Madrid. There will be over 20 performers, including some other familiar faces.
Joining Conchita will be her Eurovision BFF Ruth Lorenzo, who was “Dancing in the Rain” for Spain in this year’s competition, placing 10th. Also performing is Pastora Soler, whose powerful performance of “Quedate Conmigo” also netted Spain a 10th place finish in 2012. Shangay Pride also confirmed Saturday that Rosa López will be performing. She represented Spain at Eurovision in 2002 with the song “Europe’s Living a Celebration”, winning 7th place that night.
Tickets are available at ShangayPride.com.
Conchita has accepted an invitation to Amsterdam Pride, and will be on the parade float 2 August for Amsterdam Gay Care. This home care organization for gay people invited the Eurovision champion to attend, and she accepted.
“She is currently the symbol of diversity and openness in Europe,” said Amsterdam Gay Care director Jan Nieuwenhuis in a statement to Volkskrant.nl.
A day after the parade, 3 August, Conchita will also perform at the Rembrandtplein in Amsterdam.
Conchita has a busy, busy year ahead of her, and we expect even greater things for her leading up to the Eurovision Song Contest 2015 in Austria. While we won’t know where exactly the contest will be until August, we’re sure next year’s contest will be a fabulous time.
Did we miss any of Conchita’s upcoming Pride events? Need to declare your love of the Queen of Europe to like-minded individuals? Join the discussion on the ESCUnited forum!
Featured Photo by Gerry Avelino.