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Eurovision 2014 @ The Water Poet

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by Bastion Harrison (subscribe)
Freelance writer and poet from London; if you would like to read my poetry, please check out my book, 'Poems on the Page', available from
Party Like it's 1997

I know that the UK never does very well in the Eurovision Song Contest. We haven't won since 1997, with Katrina and the Waves. It doesn't matter if the singers are heavily seasoned or wet around the gills, we just don't have public support. But as long as you know and don't mind that we are going to rank somewhere near the bottom, then you can still enjoy a wealth of music from all over Europe.

This year, instead of watching it from home, make a night of it by going to The Water Poet's annual Eurovision party on the 10th May. To commemorate that win oh so long ago, The Water Poet is having a 1990s dress code theme. That means scrunchies, plenty of denim, and those strange plastic necklaces we used to wear.

Nineties tunes will be playing throughout the day, and there will be a juicy barbecue going too. This will be followed by a poster competition and a pub quiz to weed out the casuals from the super fans. The winners will be given best seat in the house for viewing purposes. Other prizes to be won include a Now 37! CD, free beer, and more.

The screening of the main event will be shown across eight screens, meaning you can watch Eurovision from anywhere, whether you are playing pool, eating barbie burgers in the garden, drinking at the bar, or lounging downstairs in the cinema room. You can also watch in the garden barn, which will be transformed into a Glitter Bar for one night only. Here you will be able to dance under the disco ball to nineties tracks, and sip on nineties drinks such as Bacardi Breezers, Hooch, and Sunny Delight. You can also try out Smirnoff's new gold flaked cinnamon vodka.
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Why? Bring back the 90s
When: 10th May
Phone: 020 7426 0495
Where: 9-11 Folgate Street, London, E1 6BX
Cost: Free entry
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