Sopot International Song Festival
|Sopot International Song Festival|
Sopot 1964-2009, since 2012
|Years active||1961–1980, 1984–2009, 2012–present|
The Sopot International Song Festival (later called Intervision Song Contest, from 1977–1980) is an international song contest held in Sopot, Poland. It was the biggest Polish music festival altogether with the National Festival of Polish Song in Opole, and one of the biggest annual song contest in Europe. The contest was transmitted live by the Polish state television, TVP between 1994 and 2004. Later, the concert was broadcast by the private media station TVN. In 2012 concert will broadcast by Polsat.
The first Sopot festival was initiated and organised in 1961 by Władysław Szpilman, assisted by Szymon Zakrzewski from Polish Artists Management (PAGART). The first three editions were held in the Gdansk Shipyard hall (1961–1963), after which the festival moved to the Forest Opera (Opera Lesna). The main prize has been Amber Nightingale through most of its history.
Between 1977 and 1980 it was replaced by the Intervision Song Contest, which was still held in Sopot. Unlike the Eurovision Song Contest, the Sopot International Music Festival often changed its formulas to pick a winner and offered many different contests for its participants. For example, at the 4th Intervision Song Festival (held in Sopot August 20–23, 1980) two competitions were effective: one for artists representing television companies, the other for those representing record companies. In the first the jury considered the artistic merits of the songs entered; while in the second, it judged the performers' interpretation." The festival has always been open to non-European acts, and countries like Cuba, Dominican Republic, Mongolia, New Zealand, Nigeria, Peru, South Africa and many others have been represented in this event.
The contest lost popularity in Poland and abroad in the 1980s, declining further during the 1990s, and the rather unconvincing organisations by TVP made the authorities of Sopot give the organization of the 2005 Sopot International Song Festival to a private TV channel, TVN.
Since 1999, there was no contest. TVP chose to invite well-known artists instead, featuring the likes of Whitney Houston or The Corrs. In 2005, TVN was expected to bring the competition back. In 2006 TVN invited Elton John. The Sopot International Song Festival is usually considered bigger than the Benidorm International Song Festival because of its ability to attract star performers.
The festival also provided opportunity to listen to international stars. In the past, it featured Charles Aznavour, Boney M, Johnny Cash, and more recently: Chuck Berry, Vanessa Mae, Annie Lennox, Vaya Con Dios, Chris Rea, Tanita Tikaram, La Toya Jackson, Whitney Houston, Kajagoogoo, and Goran Bregovic.
Winners by year
This list includes only winners of the most prestigious contests within the Sopot Music Festival. Sometimes one contest has overshadowed another with time. Grand Prix de disque was the most prestigious award between 1974 and 1976. The Intervision Contest was relegated it to secondary importance, yet it continued until 1979. The festival has also given prizes for Best Interpretation in the 1960s, the Amber Nightingdale in the 1980s and 1990s and Winner Of The Polish Day on and off from the 1960s to the 1980s.
1961-1973 - Price for the Masterpiece
- 1961 - Switzerland - Jo Rolland - "Nous Deux"
- 1962 - Greece - Jeanne Yovanna - "Ti Krima"
- 1963 - USSR - Tamara Miansarova - "Pust vsiegda budiet solnce" (ex-aequo), France - Simone Langlois - "Toi et ton sourire" ( ex-aequo )
- 1964 - Greece - Nadia Constantinoupoulou - "Je te remercie mon coeur"
- 1965 - Canada - Monique Leyrac - "Mon pays"
- 1966 - United States - Lana Cantrell - "I'm all smiles"
- 1967 - Poland - Dana Lerska - "Po prostu jestem"
- 1968 - Poland - Urszula Sipińska - "Po ten kwiat czerwony"
- 1969 - Switzerland - Henri Dès - "Maria Consuella"
- 1970 - Canada - Robert Charlebois - "Ordinaire"
- 1971 - United Kingdom - Samantha Jones - "He Moves Me"
- 1972 - USSR - Lev Leschchenko - "Ja ne byl z nim znakom" (ex-aequo), Poland - Andrzej Dąbrowski - "Do zakochania jeden krok" (ex-aequo)
- 1973 - United Kingdom - Tony Craig - "Can You Feel It" and "I Think Of You Baby"
1974-1976 - Grand Prix de disque
- 1974 - Finland - Marion Rung
- 1975 - United Kingdom - Glen Weston
- 1976 - USSR - Irina Ponarovskaya
1977-1980 - Intervision Song Contest
- 1977 - Czechoslovakia - Helena Vondráčková - "Malovaný džbánku"
- 1978 - USSR - Alla Pugacheva - "Vsyo mogut koroli"
- 1979 - Poland - Czesław Niemen - "Nim przyjdzie wiosna"
- 1980 - Finland - Marion Rung - "Hyvästi yö"
- 1981 - no festival
- 1982 - no festival
- 1983 - no festival
1984-1987 Sopot Music Festival Grand Prix
- 1984 - Poland - Krystyna Giżowska - "Blue Box"
- 1985 - Sweden - Herreys - "Summer Party"
- 1986 - United States - Mara Getz - "Hero Of My Heart"
- 1987 - Germany - Double Take - "Rockola"
1988-1990 - Golden Disc
- 1988 - United States - Kenny James - "The Magic In You"
- 1989 - Norway - Dance with a Stranger
- 1990 - Poland - Lora Szafran - "Zły chłopak" and "Trust Me At Once"
1991-1993 Sopot Music Festival Grand Prix
- 1991 - Latvia - New Moon
- 1992 - Austria - Mark Andrews
- 1993 - Lithuania - Arina - "Rain Is Coming Down"
1994-2004 - Sopot Music Festival Grand Prix (with TVP)
- 1994 - Poland - Varius Manx - "Zanim zrozumiesz"
- 1995 - Poland - Kasia Kowalska - "Jak rzecz" and "A to co mam"
- 1996 - no contest
- 1997 - Netherlands - Total Touch - "Somebody Else's Lover"
- 1998 - Italy - Alex Baroni - "Male che fa male"
- 1999 - no contest
- 2000 - no contest
- 2001 - no contest
- 2002 - no contest
- 2003 - no contest
- 2004 - no contest
2005-2011 Sopot Music Festival Grand Prix (with TVN)
- 2005 - Poland - Andrzej Piaseczny - "Z głębi duszy" (all-Polish contest)
- 2006 - United Kingdom - Mattafix - "Big City Life"
- 2007 - Poland - Feel - "A gdy już jest ciemno"
- 2008 - Sweden - Oh Laura - "Release Me"
- 2009 - Australia - Gabriella Cilmi - "Sweet About Me"
- 2010 - no festival
- 2011 - no festival
2012- Sopot Music Festival Grand Prix (with Polsat)
Winners by country
|10||Poland||1967, 1968, 1972*, 1979, 1984, 1990, 1994, 1995, 2005, 2007|
|4||Soviet Union||1963*, 1972*, 1976, 1978|
|United Kingdom||1971, 1973, 1975, 2006|
|3||Sweden||1985, 2008, 2012|
|United States||1966, 1986, 1988|
- *More than one winner at that year.
Selected winners of other prizes and non-winners
- 1964 Karel Gott
- 1965 Eduard Khil
- 1966 Angela Zilia
- 1969 Karel Gott, Muslim Magomayev
- 1973 Transsylvania Phoenix, Lokomotiv GT
- 1974 Sofia Rotaru
- 1977 The Ritchie Family
- 1978 Drupi
- 1979 Demis Roussos, Boney M
- 1980 Gloria Gaynor
- 1984 Anne Veski, Charles Aznavour
- 1985 Shirley Bassey
- 1986 Bonnie Tyler
- 1987 Jose Feliciano
- 1988 Kim Wilde, Sabrina
- 1989 Savage, Blue System, C. C. Catch
- 1990 Ronnie Hawkins, Duo Datz, Erasure, Victor Lazlo, Curiosity Killed The Cat
- 1991 Dannii Minogue, Johnny Hates Jazz, Technotronic, Deacon Blue, Alison Moyet, Aztec Camera, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Bros, Jimmy Somerville
- 1992 Kim Wilde, Bobby Kimball, Sonia, Marillion, Simone Angel
- 1993 Boney M, La Toya Jackson, Marc Almond, Helena Vondráčková, Jiri Korn
- 1995 Chuck Berry, Vanessa Mae, Annie Lennox
- 1996 The Kelly Family, Vaya Con Dios, Deep Forest, La Bouche
- 1997 Khadja Nin, Alexia, Secret Garden, Boyz II Men
- 1998 The Corrs, Chris Rea, Tanita Tikaram, Ace of Base, Era
- 1999 Lionel Richie, Whitney Houston
- 2000 Bryan Adams, Tina Turner, Helena Vondráčková
- 2001 Goran Bregovic, Lou Bega, UB40
- 2002 Zucchero, Garou
- 2003 Ricky Martin
- 2004 In-Grid, Kate Ryan, Patricia Kaas
- 2005 Patrizio Buanne, Lemar, Gordon Haskell, Scorpions, Simply Red
- 2006 Brainstorm, Andreas Johnson, Katie Melua, Elton John, Vanilla Ninja, Karel Gott, Helena Vondráčková, Demis Roussos, Drupi
- 2007 Norah Jones, Gloria Gaynor, The Village People, Hot Chocolate, Kool & The Gang, Sister Sledge, Sophie Ellis-Bextor, Thierry Amiel
- 2008 Samantha Fox, Sandra, Sabrina Salerno, Thomas Anders of Modern Talking, Kim Wilde, Limahl with Kajagoogoo and Shakin' Stevens
- 2009 Josef Hedinger, E.M.D., Oceana
- "Sopot Summer Capital", Polish Cultures
- Waschko, Roman (1980-09-06). "Finn Singer Triumphant At Sopot Contest". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media). p. 65. Retrieved 2011-04-05. "Two competitions were held at the 4th Intervision Song Festival in Sopot August 20–23, 1980: one for artists representing television companies, the other for those representing record companies. In the first the jury considered the artistic merits of the songs entered; while the performers' interpretation was judged in the second. The outcome was a victory for Finnish singer Marion in the first contest, "Where Is the Love?" taking the Grand Prix. Six year ago, the same artist won Grand Prix at the Sopot International Song Festival. First prize was shared by Czech performer, Marika Gombitová with "Declaration", and Russian Nikolai Gnatiuk for the song "Dance on a Drum"." (English)
- Międzynarodowy Festiwal Piosenki Polskiej- Sopot Festival «Песня года» site
- Interviisut Punatähdet
- Sopot Festival 2009 - porażka polskiej piosenki? Wirtualna Polska: Muzyka
- Sopot Festival on Polish Wikipedia