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Eurovision Inspired Destinations for 2015

This month, Eurovision reaches a landmark 60 years as the largest celebration of European music in all guises. Austria’s 'Conchita Wurst' was victorious last year, with performing arts capital Vienna to host this year's event. 

View some of the nations taking part below, including their Eurovision history and musical trademarks. Remember, you can fly from Stansted to any of these countries mentioned. 

If you need some Eurovision themed inspiration for your holiday plans this year, view our list of some of the nations competing in 2015's exuberant celebration of musical genres as varied and intriguing as the countries entering. 

Eurovision destination Vienna

Vienna, Austria

Eurovision Host Nation 2015

Home to classical heavyweights like 'Beethoven' and 'Brahms', Vienna has a rich musical heritage in providing a fitting setting for celebrating international music. 

Visitors should stroll through the splendid 'Stadtpark', where statues of famous Viennese artists are on display alongside the centrepiece in early dance music pioneer 'Johann Strauss II'. 'Porgy & Bess Jazz Club' provides an intimate atmosphere in which the cream of international jazz talent is on full view. 

Travel to this year's Eurovision host nation, with Stansted flights to Linz and Salzburg resting within two hours drive or train trip towards Austrian capital and host city Vienna. 

Ireland

Eurovision Record Holders

With a record seven wins, Ireland historically reign supreme at Eurovision, although narrowly missed out on a chance to shine at this year's event. The secret to their success is fiercely guarded, but traditional folk music is so nestled in the culture here it actually resonates through the hallowed walls of 'The Cobblestone' bar in the Dublin capital, where visitors can take in the best of the city's musically ingrained charm.

Out of the city, modern music bangs the drum. July’s 'Longitude Festival' features the 'Chemical Brothers' and 'Alt-J', while local boy 'Hozier' will be proving that Irish music is still going strong. A final festival season swansong includes the 'Electric Picnic Festival', taking place at the beginning of September in County Laois, featuring a stellar line-up including Brit-pop giants Blur.

 

Eurovision Destination Ireland
Eurovision Destination Spain

Spain

Enticing Nightclub Scene

It’s been some time since Spain tasted success at Eurovision, but considering what the country offers music lovers you can never write them off.

Spain is renowned for its radiant cultural vibrancy and culinary diversity. This colourful landscape is the perfect destination for clubber’s, with Ibiza remaining the destination of choice for dancing long into the night to infectious house and electro beats.

Innovative nightclub spots include 'Space', where even after 25 years, it remains one of the world’s most desirable and internationally acclaimed clubbing venues. 

 

France

Music for the Soul

A sixth Eurovision victory for France has eluded the nation since 1977, but such an intriguing musical history of this sophisticated, pastorally infused nation means they may not have to wait too much longer to taste success once more.

Paris, being the final resting place of Chopin, Jim Morrison and Edith Piaf, lends itself to the notion of French as the language of love, with its rich musical history on full view at 'Père Lachaise Cemetery', being testament to a nation harnessing music for the soul. 

Further musically inclined landmarks of choice include the modest 'Musée Édith Piaf', a fitting space displaying memorabilia, showcasing her famous black dress and offering insight into this French cabaret star who became a national diva. 

 

Eurovision France Destination
Eurovision Destination Sweden

Sweden

Take a Chance on a Swedish Getaway

Eurovision 1974 was ABBA’s 'Waterloo'. The Swedes took to the stage in dazzling attire, blowing the competition away as the catalyst for eventual superstardom.

While in Stockholm, take a chance on 'ABBA: The Museum'. Find your feet on the flashing dance floor, give in to the glitter of the costume room, and test your vocal prowess in the recording booth at this pop culture shrine.

The nation will be hoping to follow in their famous supergroup's footsteps at Eurovision, hoping 'The Winner Takes It All' will no longer be consigned purely to the annals of pop music folklore in becoming a joyous reality. 

Greece

Classical meets Contemporary 

In 2005, crowds took to the streets in Athens to celebrate their only Eurovision win. Helena Paparizou's 'My Number One' mixed traditional instruments with a dance beat, encapsulating Greece: a modern country with an ancient soul embedded in theatrical craft.

Visitors should experience both sides: starting at the Museum of Greek Folk Musical Instruments, before catching The Black Keys and The Prodigy at Rockwave Festival.

Eurovision Destination Greece

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