Eurovision Preview Gala
Exclusive performances from Diljá, Iru and Monika Linkyte plus artists from Ukraine
Booking fee applies
Get ready to experience the magic of Eurovision up close!
We are excited to present a Eurovision preview concert featuring three official Eurovision performers alongside music and dance from Ukraine. Hear three Eurovision entries just days before their final performances, as the University of Liverpool welcomes the performers from Georgia, Iceland and Lithuania.
The Tung Auditorium is hosting exclusive warm-up performances by Iru from Georgia, Diljá from Iceland and Monika Linkytė from Lithuania, all performing pared-back intimate versions of their hit Eurovision entries on our stage, along with other songs. In addition, we will be joined by Liverpool singer-songwriter Pixey and two performers from the University of Liverpool’s partner university, Sumy State University in Ukraine; singer Polina Hrechyshkina and contemporary dancer Iryna Kuts.
Join us in our state-of-the-art concert hall as we celebrate diversity and unity through the power of music!
Please note, the programme is subject to change, check back on this page for further information and artists.
This concert will last approximately 1 hour.
A booking fee of 8% will apply to purchases made by telephone or online.
Diljá burst onto the Icelandic music scene at the beginning of 2023 with her Söngvakeppnin (Iceland’s national final) entry 'Power'.
Being a new name on a big stage can sometimes be challenging but that didn’t phase this young and powerful singer-songwriter, as Diljá quickly became a fan favourite with her message of self-improvement and taking back her own power resonating strongly with the Icelandic people.
The song was written and produced by a big name in Icelandic pop, Pálmi Ragnar Ásgeirsson, who was also behind María Ólafs’ Eurovision 2015 entry Unbroken.
Off-stage, Diljá is a physiotherapy student and a committed CrossFit athlete. A self-proclaimed ‘Eurovision nerd’, it’s always been Diljá’s dream to represent her nation at the Contest.
Born and raised in Georgia’s capital city, Tbilisi, 22-year-old Iru describes being ‘drowned in music’ from an early age; one notable early memory was participating in and winning Junior Eurovision in 2011 with her band Candy, aged 11.
Having long since dropped the pink tutu of her Junior era, this year Iru stormed through the finals of The Voice Georgia with a touching rendition of Loreen’s Euphoria, complete with an actual snowstorm.
Her victory came with the opportunity to represent Georgia at the Eurovision Song Contest - a chance that Iru grabbed with open arms.
And who else better to write her Eurovision entry than Giga Kukhianidze - the man responsible for all three of Georgia’s winning Junior Eurovision songs, including Candy Music.
It could be second time lucky for Monika Linkytė, as she had previously competed at Eurovision in 2015 alongside Vaidas Baumila with the song 'This Time'.
This year the singer earned herself another opportunity through Lithuania’s national selection show, Pabandom Iš Naujo!, and brings soaring melodies to the Contest with her new entry Stay.
The song is grounded in local folklore, with the lyrics ‘Čiūto Tūto’ often used in Lithuanian folk dances as magical incantations.
Music has been a part of Monika’s life since childhood, and from the moment she first laid her fingers on the piano keys, it became clear to her that music would be a constant companion in her life.
Iryna is 24 and a contemporary dancer from Sumy, Ukraine and works at Sumy State University which is twinned with the University of Liverpool.
She works for the Cultural and Art Centre of Sumy State University and enjoys her job because she "loves to share my emotions with audiences and gift the people moments of joy".
She will be choreographing a performance specially for this gala concert in Liverpool.
Polina is a jazz and pop singer from Sumy in Ukraine. She works for the Cultural and Art Centre of Sumy State University and is an experienced vocalist, director, and arranger of songs.
Pixey is a singer-songwriter, producer & multi-instrumentalist from Liverpool.