The Belgian Eurovision 2021 representatives Hooverphonic have announced they are set to go on an international tour in late 2021.
Hooverphonic is set to tour across Europe in late 2021. This will be the first tour of the band since lead singer Geike Arnaert returned late last year. The following countries and cities will be included in the tour:
- Cologne, Germany – September 27
- Munich, Germany – September 28
- Berlin, Germany – September 29
- Warsaw, Poland – October 2
- Prague, Czech Republic – October 3
- Bratislava, Slovakia – October 5
- Brasov, Romania – October 7
- Bucharest, Romania – October 8
- Sofia, Bulgaria – October 9
- Aarau, Switzerland – October 12
- Bern, Switzerland – October 13
- Lyon, France – October 14
- Besançon, France – October 16
- Metz, France – December 9
- Tourcoing, France – December 10
- Hérouville St Clair, France – December 11
In early May the band also released their eleventh studio album “Hidden Stories” ahead of Hooverphonic taking part in this year’s Eurovision Song Contest. The album was made up of 9 news songs and the group’s Eurovision 2021 entry “The Wrong Place”. “Hidden Stories” is now out as both a physical album and digital download and can be ordered here.
Hooverphonic took part in this year’s Eurovision Song contest finishing 19th place in the final. The group staging was reminiscent of a live intimate concert performance in itself giving fans a tease of what to expect in the group’s upcoming tour.
Hooverphonic were formed in 1995 and is formed of Alex Callier, Raymond Geerts and Geike Arnaert. Last year for Eurovision 2020 the lead singer of the band was Luka the former lead singer of the group from 2018 but was replaced at the end of 2020 by former lead singer Geike Arnaert. They have released ten studio albums during their career, and had a European hit in 2000 with “Mad About You”.
VRT opted to internally select Hooverphonic in 2020. Hooverphonic were first due to represent Belgium at the Eurovision Song Contest in 2020 with the song “Release Me” but following the cancellation of Eurovision 2020, it was decided by VRT to reselect the group for Eurovision 2021.
Image Source: EBU / Thomas Hanses | Source: escportugal
Belgium was one of the original seven nations to participate in the first edition of the Eurovision Song Contest in 1956. To date, the country has won the contest only once in 1986. Sandra Kim won the contest with the song “J’aime la vie”, her victory was not without controversy when it emerged that Sandra was just 13 years old, two years younger than the age restriction at the time. In the late 00s, Belgium struggled in the contest failing to reach the final annually from 2005 until 2010, when Tom Dice finished 6th in the final with 143 points. Belgium has finished last at the contest six times, including two sets of nul points.