GAY TIMES is teaming up with SKITTLES® to host a fabulous, large-scale screening event for the Eurovision Song Contest 2022.

Taking place 14 May, the extravaganza will be all-singing, all-dancing live screening event, followed by an afterparty extravaganza.

The first of its kind event, which begins at 6.30pm, will take place at London’s Everyman Broadgate, with a full takeover of the venue and this year’s Eurovision Song Contest being screened in two cinema rooms. Yes, that means you can watch the spectacle in plush sofas and armchairs for the perfect viewing experience.

Guests will be greeted by some of the fiercest entertainers in London’s drag and cabaret scenes, such as OUTHAS queer collective, Cocoa Butter Club, Lady Lloyd, Ruby Murray and Daisy Puller.

Each entertainer will also reimagine a classic Eurovision track during the afterparty, while BBC Radio 1’s Dean McCullough will round off the night with a headline DJ slot.

Tickets for GAY TIMES and SKITTLES®’s Eurovision party are free in return for a £10 donation to Switchboard. Tickets are available on the Everyman website. 

Last year, GAY TIMES collaborated with SKITTLES®, as well as Switchboard and QUEER BRITAIN, for the ‘Recolour the Rainbow’ campaign to acknowledge and celebrate those who have come before us in the fight for LGBTQ+ liberation. 

We also teamed up with the organisation and Switchboard for a Pride campaign to overcome self-isolation and social distancing throughout the pandemic by enabling people to send Letters Filled with Pride to family and friends all over the UK.

More recently, SKITTLES® partnered with GAY TIMES on our 2021 Honours Ceremony, which celebrated the individuals and organisations who have had a profound effect on the lives of LGBTQ+ people throughout the past year. 

The Eurovision Song Contest 2022 will take place in Turin, Italy, following the country’s victory last year with Måneskin’s smash hit Zitti e buoini. Two semi-finals will be held on 10 and 12 May, with the final on 14 May. 

It was recently confirmed that Sam Ryder will represent the United Kingdom. The singer is well known on social media, having more than 12 million followers on TikTok alone.

Following his announcement, Ryder said: “Having been a fan of Eurovision since I was a kid, I am so honoured to have been presented with the opportunity to sing at an event alongside some of Europe’s most talented creatives, performers and songwriters. 

“I hope to sing my head off in a way the UK can be proud of, and to showcase a song I wrote with my friends last summer makes the whole experience even more special. See you in Turin legends!”

Ryder is set to perform his song Space Man, which previously went viral on the video sharing app. He will take on the challenge following two consecutive years of the UK placing last in the competition.

You can purchase tickets for the GAY TIMES and SKITTLES® Eurovision bash here.