Before the Semi-Final Allocation Draw took place, the Reference Group, the governing body of the Eurovision Song Contest, met again in Lisbon. Various aspects of the organisation of the competition were discussed; finances, tickets, accreditation and of course the Event Weeks.
The Head of Delegation meeting is a two-day event, where the Host Broadcaster, the EBU and their partners brief the each participating delegation on what the three shows in May will roughly look like. Delegations provide instructions to the Host Broadcaster on how to stage their entries. The so-called 'look and feel' for each act is crucial in conveying the essential messages of the songs.
In April various preview party events take place including the official Eurovision Song Contest pre-party, Eurovision In Concert. The events are an opportunity for the performers to perfect their routines and for the media and fans to get to know the acts. At the end of April all 43 delegations will land in Lisbon and the rehearsals for the Eurovision Song Contest will get under way!