Yesterday the City of Stockholm invited all its employees to a sneak preview of the newly constructed Euroclub and Euro Fan Café at Skeppsbron in Stockholm, and since (50% of) Schlagerprofilerna had the honor to DJ at one of the dancefloors, we also got a first glimpse of the place that will probably be our second (or maybe third after the press centre) home the upcoming weeks…
…and what a glimpse that was!
In September the two of us sat down with Christer Björkman, a friend from Swedish OGAE and Stockholm City and discussed our previous experiences with Euroclub/EuroFanCafé (the last ten years) and what we could learn from them.
In short; we talked about what our dream situation of such a place in Stockholm would be – and yesterday we had that dream realized!
This year’s EC/EFC consist of two separate parts separated by a wardrobe/toilet area (where every area has two floors). The EC has a big stage and a big dancefloor, while the EFC has a smaller stage, a smaller dancefloor (which is not that small at all) and a lot of sofas and tables to just chill. There is also a karaoke room, a VIP area, and a huge outside terrace with a marvelous view. There is clearly a reason the kings of Sweden have enjoyed that view since like the beginning of time…
Every area has lots of bars and there are of course also plenty of places to buy food. That the prices are on the cheaper side for being Swedish might not say much for our friends from other countries, but a draft beer is €5, a glass of wine is €6.60, a gin&tonic about €11 and a bottle of Champagne is €60.
The VIP area is for members of the delegations only, where they can mingle and have a drink – but it is all fully visible from the main dance floor, and if they want to dance they have to ”come together” with the press and fans.
Anything negative, well, yesterday it was a bit cold. Since the whole club is basically a HUGE first class tent with extra everything (like nice WCs, elevators and so on) the three degrees temperature still affects the climate. Better weather IS expected next week (like 15-20 degrees C) but bring a sweater. If you early and the sweaty dancing hasn’t started, a t-shirt might be too cold!
All in all we were very impressed with everything, we think Stockholm really have outdone themselves listening to how a GOOD EC/EFC should be, and we think this will be an amazing experience for all the fans/press/delegations arriving from this weekend and forward.
Don’t miss us DJ-ing at EFC Thursday the 5th, Sunday the 8th (grand opening of ESC 2016), and Tuesday the 10th of May, and at EC Friday the 6th of May (opening night)!
We can’t wait to come together with you!