Eurovision 2012: Living in the North West of England? You don't have to go to Baku to celebrate this year's Contest
Azerbaijan may be a four-hour time difference away but if you're a Eurovision fan living in the North West of England, there are still some events taking place this weekend to peak your interest. In Liverpool, FACT on Wood Street will be projecting the Contest live from Baku on to its cinema screen as a fundraiser for Liverpool Pride. As their lovely publicity people say: "Why point and laugh at the TV screen when you can point and laugh at the big screen, dance in the aisles and have alcoholic refreshments served to you from the bar!
"There will be DJ's, raffles and refreshments available so join Liverpool Pride as Picturehouse@FACT host the biggest and best Eurovision Party in Liverpool."
It all sounds smashing fun and if I weren't doing my own Contesty thing at my house on Saturday night I'd be there like a shot, mainly because Pride is still a fledgling event in my home city and I like to support it in whatever way I can. Tickets are £12, concessions & FACT members pay £10 with £1 of the proceeds going to Liverpool Pride and Children in Need (Terry would approve). For more details, go to www.fact.co.uk or book tickets at the FACT box office.
That's Saturday night. If you can't wait until then there's some smashing disco action to be had in Chester on Friday night.
At the last North West Eurovision fans' meet-up I met Nathan Cawthray, who is the DJ at the Ultimate Eurovision Song Contest Party in the Liverpool Arms on Northgate Street on Friday, March 25 (that's less than 48 hours, start buffing up your hot pants with your Mum's can of Pledge this instant). It all begins at 7pm and Nathan has promised me it won't just be Gina G and Bucks Fizz, he's a real fan and will tickle your feet and your earlobes with all manner of Eurovision fare. Sounds like the ideal way to welcome the most important Saturday of the year.