The 2016 Eurovision Song Contest will take over Stockholm, Sweden from 11 May with contestants from 42 countries set to compete. SBS Radio invites fans to kick off Eurovision celebrations early with SBS Eurovision Radio, your non-stop soundtrack to the world's biggest song contest, broadcasting 24 hours a day from 29 April to 15 May. BBC World Service programming resumes on SBS Radio 4 from 16 May.
Listeners can request their favourite Eurovision tracks via Twitter with the hashtag #SBSEurovision and enjoy back-to-back Eurovision hits and classics. SBS Radio’s Eurovision Reporter Alistair Birch will be on the ground in Stockholm bringing all the backstage gossip and interviewing Eurovision artists for SBS Radio’s in-language programs. “I only speak three languages myself, so I rely on my colleagues at the SBS language desks back in Melbourne and Sydney to help bring Eurovision to Australia’s diverse communities,” he said.
“My speciality is recording the secret music of the Eurovision. With over forty talented artists gathered together, there is a lot of music performed over and beyond the actual contest entries and we will be bringing you the best of this on SBS Eurovision Radio.”