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14
March
2018

Public transport in Lisbon – how to get around in the Eurovision host city

With Eurovision being held in Lisbon for the first time, one may need some guidance on how to get around in the city. Here’s some information you may find useful to plan you trip in regards to transportation.

For the first time ever, the Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Lisbon as Portugal won the contest for the very first time last year with Salvador Sobral’s Amar Pelos Dois. Every year, a big amount of Eurovision fans travel to the host city so they can witness their favorite music show live. While planning a trip to Sweden may not be as hard as the country has won so many times, a trip to Lisbon may not be as simple as it is an entire different universe to many Eurovision fans.

Transportation is something one should always plan ahead of their trips as it is quite easy spending more money than what you actually need. Well, take a look:

Contents

  • 1 From and to the airport
  • 2 From and to the arena
  • 3 Around in Lisbon

From and to the airport

Most international fans will fly to Lisbon. Therefore, getting out of Aeroporto Humberto Delgado – or simply Aeroporto de Lisboa (Lisbon’s airport) – should not be a very tough task as there’s a high taxi network working 24/7 and even other means of transportation such as the underground and even buses. If you intend on using services such as Uber, you can… Just not from and to the airport. So, here are your alternatives:

  • Aerobus: you can purchase tickets online or on board to the bus driver (0,40€ difference). The prices go from 3,60€ to 6,00€ per person. As for the ride, it can take up to two hours as it features various stops. This service works from 07:30h until 23:00h local time (a new shuttle arrives to the airport every 20-25 minutes),
  • Underground: the service starts at 06:30h and closes at 01:00h every day. Each ticket costs 1,45€ per person but if you have to buy the rechargable card (Viva Viagem), it adds 0,50€ to its final price. Tickets are purchased in automatic ticket vending machines right before the underground entrance. You can check its network online.
  • Bus (Carris): if you prefer to take a bus yet not pay as much, there’s other alternatives such as the buses numbers 705, 722, 744 or 783. If your flight arrives at night, then bus number 208 is your alternative. The respective schedules can be found in Carris website.
  • Taxi: there’s a high taxi network standing right outside of the airport. In busy periods, you may need to wait a few minutes to get one.

Friendly tips: Get the card Viva Viagem as soon as you get to Lisbon as it is rechargable and will allow you to use Zapping with all different types of transportation: underground, bus, train and even boat. For each transport, the price charged changes (more info here).

Let us simplify the information for you:

TransportPrice range (per person)How to purchase?Means of payment acceptedFrequencyWorking hours
Shuttle3,60€ – 6,00€Online or on boardCash or cardEach 20-25 minutes07:30h – 23:00h
Underground1,45€ – 2,05€Automatic ticket vending machinesCash or cardEach 3-10 minutes06:30h – 01:00h
Bus1,40€ – 1,80€Automatic ticket vending machines or on boardCash or cardUnable to predict24 hours
TaxiDepends on the destinationTo the driverCash or card (selected cars)Unable to predict24 hours

From and to the arena

Altice Arena is located near the train station, the underground station Oriente and even a bus terminal. You can use all of those to get to the arena.

If you’re staying in central Lisbon, the underground service will be your best option but if you’re staying in an Airbnb apartment not as central, other means of transportation would be more useful. Once again, we’d recommend the usage of Zapping.

  • Underground: Altice Arena is located in the Oriente station (red line). Please notice that the Arroios station is closed. It would take you less than 10 minutes walking to get to the arena.
  • Train: it may be within your best interest to use the train if you’re staying in Sintra or Azambuja lines. For Cascais line, it is not as simple. You’d have to take the train to Lisbon and then the underground to Oriente’s station. Again it won’t be 10 minutes from the train station to the arena.
  • Bus: the buses 705, 725, 750, 759, 794, 400, 706, 728, 744 and 782 all stop near the Oriente train station. It will take you less than 10 minutes walking to get to the arena.
TransportPrice without zapping (with card Viva Viagem)Price with zapping (and card Viva Viagem)Direct access
Underground1,45€1,31€Yes
Train1,95€ – 2,25€1,85€Only for Sintra and Azambuja lines
Bus1,80€1,40€Yes

Around in Lisbon

With your card Viva Viagem and Zapping, you can go anywhere as long as it is charged and use any mean of transportation. For central Lisbon, the underground will serve you better. The service is more frequent and it is also the fastest alternative. The buses and the trams could also work for you if you prefer to view the city instead and have no rush.

If you want to explore more than Lisbon, for example Cascais or Sintra, the train is your best option. In the respective locations, there are specific local buses that you can also use.

We certainly hope this article helps you on how to plan your trip properly. More articles to guide you through Lisbon are yet to come. Stay tuned!

Categories: Eurovisionary

14
March
2018

Burning Bridges: JOWST and Kristian Kostov join forces on new futuristic single

They represented each their country at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, but on the new single “Burning Bridges”, they stand together. JOWST and Kristian Kostov presents a catchy, yet unusual mix of various styles in their first collaboration.

In 2015, the Austrian’s built bridges with their Eurovision slogan, and now JOWST and Kristian Kostov burns them. The collaboration between the two artists that met at last year’s Eurovision Song Contest was announced back in early February, and a few days ago, the single was released.

Kristian Kostov represented Bulgaria with the song Beautiful Mess, and finished second, only losing out to the Portuguese winner Salvador. JOWST took part for Norway, with Aleksander Walmann on vocal. They ended in a 10th position with Grab The Moment. At this year’s Norwegian national final, Aleksander was in the line-up, and finished in a tied third place with the song Talk To The Hand, a composition also written by JOWST.

Burning Bridges is about just what the title says, just in a metaphorical way, as in going forward, and focusing on what means the most for you, while shedding every extra thing that slows you down.

Kristian Kostov

The collaboration between Kostov and JOWST resulted in the single Burning Bridges, which is a mix of various styles. It’s untraditional future-ish pop, yet it has a catchy chorus which many will like.

Burning Bridges is written by JOWST together with Norwegian songwriter Jesper Jenset. It’s produced by JOWST and recorded by Alex Xuman and Daniel Kostov.

A lot has happened last year. I’ve been working hard with new music and the collaboration with Kristian has brought the result I’ve been searching for. A bridge had to be burned more than once in my life, for the sake of being able to release the music I wanted. I hope people will find comfort and motivation in this song, that is about making hard decisions in your life, but being in control of it.

JOWST

The track is also available on various streaming platforms such as Spotify, iTunes and Google Play.

Categories: Eurovisionary

14
March
2018

Burning Bridges: JOWST and Kristian Kostov join forces on new future single

They represented each their country at the 2017 Eurovision Song Contest, but on the new single “Burning Bridges”, they stand together. JOWST and Kristian Kostov presents a catchy, yet unusual mix of various styles in their first collaboration.

In 2015, the Austrian’s built bridges with their Eurovision slogan, and now JOWST and Kristian Kostov burns them. The collaboration between the two artists that met at last year’s Eurovision Song Contest was announced back in early February, and a few days ago, the single was released.

Kristian Kostov represented Bulgaria with the song Beautiful Mess, and finished second, only losing out to the Portuguese winner Salvador. JOWST took part for Norway, with Aleksander Walmann on vocal. They ended in a 10th position with Grab The Moment. At this year’s Norwegian national final, Aleksander was in the line-up, and finished in a tied third place with the song Talk To The Hand, a composition also written by JOWST.

Burning Bridges is about just what the title says, just in a metaphorical way, as in going forward, and focusing on what means the most for you, while shedding every extra thing that slows you down.

Kristian Kostov

The collaboration between Kostov and JOWST resulted in the single Burning Bridges, which is a mix of various styles. It’s untraditional future-ish pop, yet it has a catchy chorus which many will like.

Burning Bridges is written by JOWST together with Norwegian songwriter Jesper Jenset. It’s produced by JOWST and recorded by Alex Xuman and Daniel Kostov.

A lot has happened last year. I’ve been working hard with new music and the collaboration with Kristian has brought the result I’ve been searching for. A bridge had to be burned more than once in my life, for the sake of being able to release the music I wanted. I hope people will find comfort and motivation in this song, that is about making hard decisions in your life, but being in control of it.

JOWST

The track is also available on various streaming platforms such as Spotify, iTunes and Google Play.

Categories: Eurovisionary

14
March
2018

Benjamin Ingrosso wins Melodifestivalen 2018 and will sing for Sweden at Eurovision 2018

Tonight in Sweden, the Melodifestivalen 2018 was held at the Friends Arena in Stockholm, to find Sweden’s 2018 Eurovision representative.

Twelve acts competed tonight including eight who went directly to the final from four previous heats. The four winners of last weeks Andra Chansen duels, were also back to sing again.

In the end Benjamin Ingrosso and Dance You Off will head to Lisbon, Portugal in May for Sweden.

Contents

  • 1 The Hosts
  • 2 The Songs
  • 3 The Results
  • 4 Poll
  • 5 Sweden In The Eurovision Song Contest

The Hosts

As with the Andra Chansen and the four heats, David Lindgren hosted the show. His side-kick, the unnecessary Fab Freddie had enough to say while mingling with the audience and green room. David started the show with a dance number, One Together.

During the first voting period Solala and Helen sang Var Basta Tid Ar Nu. David did some cabaret after the international juries had voted. Caroline Af Ugglas replaced Robin and sang I Cant Go On, just before the Swedish publics votes.

The Songs

Méndez – Everyday

This Spanish influenced song is a perfect opening number. Méndez and his dancers fill the stage with this dance song. Unseen backing singers accompany him the background.Once again Sweden breaks the rules and would need to change the staging if this song wins.

Renaida – All the Feels

Hot from the Andra Chasen, Renaida is back singing for her Eurovision life. This soulful dance song is yet again helped by unseen pre-recorded backing vocalists. Plenty attitude accompanied by five backing dancers – again change would need to be made for Eurovision. She had problems with her ear piece and got to perform at the end, for a second time.

Martin Almgren – A Bitter Lullaby

Slightly under the radar, this is a song for country radio. The chorus doesn’t quite flow from the verses, but the nanana and female backing vocalist gives the song an anthemic feel.

John Lundvik – My Turn

Sitting accompanying himself by the piano, at the beginning, this is a simple melodic soul ballad. As the song lifts a choir joins in and you start to wonder if Sweden has not been told the staging rules, unlikely since they’ve won so many times. Therefore how this will be staged in Lisbon is the question, as it has a good chance of winning.

Jessica Andersson – Party Voice

This is a faster song that you would probably expect from Jessica. There is a touch of Girls Aloud about this song, as Jessica too has backing singers, but prefers to have dancers on stage. This could go either way.

LIAMOO – Last Breath

Another song with an anthemic feel. The only song tonight to feature rapping. However, the rap is not hardcore and is a little more palatable. This is a very modern number, and another that must stand a good chance of winning.

Samir & Viktor – Shuffla

Back for a third attempt, and some fans think this is their year. The song is exactly the same as their previous two attempts. All buddy buddy and fine for Melodifestivalen, but should be shuffled of the stage in Lisbon.

Mariette – For You

This isn’t as good as Mariette’s past entries either. It’s a catchy enough pop song, but Mariette looks as if she’s just rushed in from her housecleaning to perform the song, and then just leave again before the washing machines run its cycle. It would still be nice to have Mariette represent Sweden, but this isn’t the year.

Felix Sandman – Every Single Day

The problem with this performance is that it’s not an instantly likable song, and the staging isn’t the best. However, after a couple of listens, this is a pretty good ballad. With a little more power this could keep Sweden’s good track record.

Margaret – In My Cabana

This is a fun enough type of song, with Cuban influences from the Polish singer. This is a catchy enough song, and Donny Montell,s backing dancer helps her along. Fine for a party, will probably just miss out here.

Benjamin Ingrosso – Dance You Off

Certainly, a song Michael Jackson and Justin Bieber would pass on, but this has a certain appeal to folks who like both these singers. This is a mellow light dance number, but the staging here isn’t as good as Benjamin probably thinks it is, Still this has to be in with a chance of winning.

Rolandz – Fuldans

When you watch a show and it gets towards the end, if you haven’t found a winner, you hope the last song will save the day. Well too bad if you were hoping for this one. Sweden has lost its mind if it sends this. There is novelty and there is awful. This is both.

The Results

JuryPublicTotalPlace
Méndez2 62 6412
Renaida3051 81 9
Martin Almgren43 4184 8
John Lundvik66 62128 3
Jessica Andersson33 3770 11
LIAMOO5253 105 6
Samir & Viktor54 60 114 4
Mariette64 49113 5
Felix Sandman94 64158 2
Margaret62 41103 7
Benjamin Ingrosso114 67 181 1
Rolandz24 51 75 10

Poll

Did Sweden pick the right song? Tell us who was your favourite in the poll below:

Melodifestivalen 2018 - which song deserved to win?

Sweden In The Eurovision Song Contest

This will be Sweden’s 58th appearance at Eurovision.

Everyone surely knows that Sweden has won the contest six times. The winning acts – Abba, Herreys, Carola, Charlotte Nilsson, Loreen and Måns Zelmerlöw.

As well as winning, Sweden has placed in the top 5 on eighteen other occasions, making it one of the most successful countries in Eurovision. They have done particularly well in recent years.

Sweden has only finished last on two occasions, in 1960 with Monica Zetterlund and again in 1977 with Forbes and their tribute to the Beatles.

Enjoy this years entry below

Categories: Eurovisionary

14
March
2018

FYR Macedonia 2018: Can “Lost And Found” find it’s way to the grand final?

Eye Cue to represent FYR Macedonia at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest

FYR Macedonia’s national broadcaster, MRT, revealed this evening the song Lost and Found, which will try to qualify the Balkan country to the grand final for the first time since 2012. The release of the song was accompanied by the premiere of the music video.

Less than a month ago, MRT announced that pop-rock band Eye Cue will represent FYR Macedonia at the 2018 Eurovision Song Contest. They were internally selected for the contest in Lisbon out of 382 entries, by a jury of eight people.

The band, which was formed in 2008, consists of Borjan Trajkovski and Marija Ivanovska. They achieved chart success with their song Magija in 2008, and made it into the MTV Adria Top 20 in 2010 with the song NotThis Time.

FYR Macedonian’s entry this year is written and composed by Borjan Trajkovski while Darko Dimitrov has been responsible for the production of Lost and Found. Dimitrov is no stranger to the Eurovision Song Contest. In 2006 he composed and produced FYR Macedonia’s Eurovision entry Ninanajna, which finished 12th in the grand final in Athens. This remains the best result for the ex-Yugoslav country in the contest so far.

Dimitrov furthermore co-wrote and co-composed FYR Macedonia’s Eurovision entries back in 2014 (Pred dase razdeni) and 2015 (To The Sky), which both failed to qualify for the final of the Eurovision Song Contest.

The video for this year’s FYR Macedonian entry has been directed by Jovan Kucinovski.

Eye Cue will perform Lost and Find in the second half of the first semi-final on 8th May. Did FYR Macedonia at last find the formula that will help them to win the ticket for the grand final? You can judge yourself in the video below:

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14
March
2018

Montenegro releases the music video for “Inje”

Tonight, the Montenegrin national broadcaster, RTCG, has released the final version of the song Inje (Hoarfrost), which Vanja Radovanović will perform in the second semi-final in Lisbon in a couple of months. At the same time the music video for the song was premiered.

This year five acts were competing in Montenegro’s national final Montevizija, which was held on the 17th of February at the Hilton Hotel in Podgorica. 35-year-old Vanja Radovanović won with the song Inje, which he wrote and composed himself. Vanja has performed since 2004, and back in 2006 he participated in Beovizija.

He participated in many festivals, released numerous singles, and even formed a band in 2007. In 2008, Vanja released his only album so far titled Pričaj dodirom.

The music video for Inje has been filmed in Kotor, Stari Bar, Valdanos and Cetinje and it is different compared to previous Montenegrin music videos for the Eurovision Song Contest. Unlike earlier videos which most often had a tourist and promotional character, this year’s music video is built up as a fairy-tale which presents Montenegro in a different light. Director for the music video, Gojko Berkuljan, will also be responsible for the staging of Montenegro’s performance in Lisbon, and it will be very similar to that seen in the official music video.

Montenegro will perform in the second half of the second semi-final on the 10th of May. In the video below you can listen to their entry Inje:

Lyrics

Hoarfrost fell on us
it’s freezing the blood in my veins
and you, oh, heart, are shrinking
and forgetting fast.
Love is shaking like a leaf
in the middle of summer, I stand frozen
I’m shaking too, my voice is shaking
ever since I lost us.

The duvet is warming my body in vain because the draught is flowing through my soul.

I’m living pointlessly
losing even when I’m winning
but when no one sees
I let you come visit my heart.

I’m living just to pass by
like a slave in a solitary confinement
but when no one hears
I let my heart rejoice.

Me and my life are like a dog and a cat
my heart is its most expensive toy.

I’m living pointlessly
losing even when I’m winning
but when no one sees
I let you come visit my heart.

I’m living just to pass by
like a slave in a solitary confinement
but when no one hears
I let my heart rejoice.

Hoarfrost fell.

Do you think that this year’s Montenegrin entry has what it takes to secure the country participation in the grand final for the first time since 2015?

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