A Eurovision party in the city has been cancelled over fears of pro-Palestine protesters.

To commemorate the Eurovision final this weekend, venues across the country are holding screenings and events, with multiple being hosted in Brighton. The city has strong links to the notorious international singing competition, as this year marks 50 years since Abba won the contest at the Brighton Dome.

However, the Duke of York cinema in Brighton has cancelled its screening of the Eurovision finals due to safety concerns.

Campaign groups have called for a boycott of the competition, including venues that hold related events. Specifically, the Brighton and Hove Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) has voiced its opposition on social media and targeted the Duke of York, threatening a picket line at the venue.

The pro-Palestine action group has since claimed victory for the cancellation of the screening, as well as other Eurovision events due to be held this weekend at The Amex Stadium amongst others. However, The Argus understands that the Amex cancellation was not related to the PSC's action.

In an email sent to ticket holders, the Duke of York said: "We're sorry to say that due to safety concerns for our staff and customers, the Eurovision screening will no longer take place on Saturday."

Brighton and Hove PSC tweeted: “Massive win and respect to Duke of York's cinema who have listened to local opposition and just cancelled their big Saturday night Eurovision event.”

One disappointed ticket holder said: "It's usually a brilliant night, but I would have found it impossible to cross the picket line anyway.

"Russia wasn't allowed to compete after invading Ukraine, so I don't understand why Israel has been allowed to enter."

The contest has been at the centre of controversy following an announcement by the European Broadcasting Union, which organises the competition, that Palestinian flags could not be displayed whilst Israel is allowed to take part.