Friday 24 May 2019

Denmark to host 2014 Eurovision at abandoned shipbuilding yard

The venue of the 2014 Eurovision
The venue of the 2014 Eurovision
Brian O'Reilly

Brian O'Reilly

DENMARK has decided to host the 2014 at an abandoned ship yard.

The country has been holding a selection process to decide where to host the 2014 Eurovison – and an abandoned ship yard in Copenhagen came out on top.

The move has drawn comparisons from Eurovision fans of RTE’s decision to host the contest in a large indoor equestrian centre in Millstreet, Co Cork in 1993.

It is still to date the smallest town ever to have hosted the event, with a population of just 1,500, and also the most remote.

However Danish television station DR has insisted that two gigantic halls on the site will have undergone the necessary renovations to host the three shows next year.

Denmark last hosted the event in 2001 in a soccer stadium.

It was rumoured the same venue was DR’s choice to hold next year’s edition.

However the stage construction and rehearsal schedule can mean the venue will be booked for almost two months, meaning it would clash with events already booked at the stadium.

In 2012 Azerbaijan built a brand new 25,000 seat stadium specifically to host the contest at a cost of €140m.

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