Culture: Pitch Your Tents for Pride of Europe; Music OVERHEARD

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Byline: Andrew Cowen

To celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Eurovision Song Contest being held in Birmingham(yes it was the summer of 1998 folks!) Birmingham Pride 2008 is staging a very special Eurovision All Stars Show to bring Eurovision fever back to the city, coinciding with this year's Contest in Belgradeon the same day.

The fun kicks off at 3.30pm with last years UKentry Scooch! - who came second last in the 2007 Contest, but still went on to score a UK top 5 hit with Flying The Flag.

Nineteen-eighties chart topper Sonia takes to the stage next with her '93 Eurovision hit Better The Devil You Know.

The campometre goes into overdrive and journeys back to 1976 with the Eurovision winner Save All Your Kisses For Me from the Brotherhood Of Man, still together and gigging 32 years later.

Headlining this very special show will be the original Bucks Fizz featuring Cheryl Baker, Mike Nolan and Shelley Preston performing their 1981 Eurovision victory song Making Your Minds Up.

The show, on May 24, begins shortly after the Lord Mayor cuts the ribbon to officially open this year's festival and is just part of a massive line up of stars appearing all weekend long on the Birmingham Pride mainstage located on Lower Essex Streetdirectly outside the Nightingale Club.

Best of all, there's no admission to pay, as once again Pride remains a free event.

When we think of British cities steeped in musical history it's normally Liverpool, Manchester or London that spring to mind. …