Conchita at Vienna Boylesque Festival 2014 — Conchita WURST’s Top 40 Best Live Performances (#35)

(#35) — Conchita WURST at the 1st Annual Vienna Boylesque Festival, 2014


Conchita WURST performed live at the 1st Annual Vienna Boylesque Festival, 2014 just a few weeks after she had won the Eurovision Song Contest.

During a time when she was in so much demand all over Europe, she seemed to do nothing but travel from country to country performing, giving interviews, appearing on the catwalk in fashion shows and generally working her rear end off.

To the point that she probably didn’t have a day off in months, and there must have been times when she was so tired she would have given anything for an extended night’s sleep.

But, even during this ridiculously hectic stage of her life, Conchita still found time to perform at the Vienna Boylesque Festival. An event founded and run by one of her closest friends, Jacques Patriaque.

Related: An interview with Jacques Patriaque — Boylesque artist and founder of the Vienna Boylesque Festival

That performance is going in the #35 spot on my Conchita WURST’s Top 40 Best Live Performances for two reasons.

Conchita WURST and her friends

While it was not her absolute best vocal performance as she was still at that stage in her career where she was doing intensive work on her voice to improve it, (and her voice nowadays is far superior) it was still a decent one.

She also sang songs that were vocally challenging and she sang them well — a cover of Cher’s ‘Believe‘, her winning Eurovision Song Contest song ‘Rise Like a Phoenix‘, and her own song ‘That’s What I Am‘.

Related: Conchita at Vienna Boylesque Festival, 2018 — I’ve never seen happiness like it, and check out those LEGS!!!

But the main reason why I’m putting this at #35 on my Conchita WURST’s Top 40 Best Live Performances list is this.

One thing I have always loved and admired about Conchita (well, Tom Neuwirth, but you know what I mean) is that she supports her friends no matter what and, in some instances, will even massively inconvenience herself to be able to do so.

Because, to her, if they have helped her and her career, she is damn well going to support them back.

In the five years since her Eurovision win, this has not changed as she/he still finds time to promote people that have supported her career as much as she can.

And when I look back on just how crazy busy Conchita Wurst was around the time period of the 1st Annual Vienna Boylesque Festival, and at just how many gigs she was doing every week, it still amazes me she made the time to show up at a close friend’s first ever major event and support him like that.

So I wouldn’t care if her vocals were the worst I’d heard here (They’re not! They’re great!). I would still put this older Conchita Wurst live performance on my Conchita WURST’s Top 40 Best Live Performances list.

Because artists that still classify the people they were close to before they became famous as just as important afterwards are sadly few and far between.

Tom Neuwirth is one of them.

Special Note: You will find numbers 40-36 on the Conchita WURST’s Top 40 Best Live Performances list here, along with about 99,000 other articles about her.

Michelle Topham