It’s official! Liverpool will host the Eurovision Song Contest in 2023 – here’s everything you need to know about tickets and TV.
Eurovision officials have confirmed that Liverpool will host the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, with Glasgow narrowly missing out on the bid between the bottom two.
Birthplace of the Beatles, the city is rooted in its musical history, making it an ideal host for one of the greatest musical competitions in the world. It will also welcome the thousands of fans expected to flock to the city from around the world.
The exciting announcement took place on Friday, October 7, and was met with elated fans as well as officials who hailed the pick.
BBC Director General Tim Davie said: “Congratulations to Liverpool. They will be an amazing host for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023. Liverpool is an exciting, warm and vibrant city. It is the undisputed capital of pop music and celebrates the 65th anniversary of its twinning with the Ukrainian city of Odessa. I know the people of Liverpool will welcome Europe – and the rest of the world – with open arms, and in partnership we will create something truly special.”
Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor Martin Österdahl said: “Liverpool is the perfect place to host the 67th Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Ukraine. The city is synonymous with music and Liverpool Arena exceeds all the requirements necessary to host a global event of this scale. We were very impressed with the passion the city has shown in embracing the competition and their inclusive ideas to put last year’s winners, Ukraine, front and center when thousands of fans turn out next May. “
EBU Director General Noel Curran added: “This will be the first Eurovision Song Contest to be held in the UK in 25 years and, as we work with our host broadcaster, the BBC, to celebrate Ukraine’s victory, this unique production promises to be a very special one indeed.
So how do you get your hands on tickets? Here’s everything you need to know about this exciting event.
When is Eurovision 2023?
There are two Eurovision semi-finals in 2023, and they will both start a few days before the Grand Final. The first will take place on Tuesday May 9 and the second on Thursday May 11.
The grand final of Eurovision 2023 will take place on Saturday May 13.
Why the UK is hosting Eurovision 2022
Traditionally, the winner of the previous year’s contest hosts the event. However, 2022 winner Ukraine has confirmed that it will not be able to host the competition due to its ongoing war with Russia. The UK offered to host the event after coming second in the 2022 competition. The competition was last held in the UK in 1998, when Birmingham was the host city.
Where will Eurovision take place in Liverpool?
The competition will take place in Liverpool at the M&S Bank Arena due to its large capacity, meeting the requirements for a Eurovision venue.
According to Eurovision website: “A host city for the Eurovision Song Contest must meet certain criteria. The venue should accommodate around 10,000 spectators and the city should be close to an international airport. The location must also have a large number of hotels.
The M&S Bank Arena has a capacity of 11,000 and is next to a conference center close to hotels and city center rail links.
How to watch Eurovision 2023
As usual, the entire event, from the semi-finals to the grand final, will be shown live on BBC One and BBC iPlayer. The show is usually joined by Graham Norton who provides commentary as the show progresses, bringing more entertainment and witty banter for everyone to enjoy.
Norton confirmed he would be returning to the role on Twitter when he said: “Congratulations Liverpool!!! @Eurovision @bbceurovision See you in May!!!”
The tweet prompted Liverpool City Council to respond enthusiastically, saying: “Looking forward to having you here.” a sentiment that was also echoed by fans.
A fan responded to Norton’s tweet, saying, “Graham, I hold you personally responsible for the sore throat I got after yelling at you announcing our beautiful city earlier!” Ride in May!!”
Fans who miss the first live stream will also be able to catch up iPlayer.
How to get tickets
No official ticket prices and availability have been announced at this time.
TheEurovision website states that: “Ticket prices, availability and even the ticket provider will not be decided until there is confirmation of the host city and venue for the shows.”
That’s not all, the BBC will then have to determine the space needed for the production inside the chosen location, such as the cameras and the stage. This all depends on the location chosen and cannot be confirmed in advance.
Once all this has been decided, tickets for nine shows will go on sale:
- Grand Final: Live TV Show [Saturday evening]; Jury show [Friday evening]; Family show [Saturday afternoon].
- First semi-final: live television broadcast [Tuesday evening]; Jury Show [Monday evening]; Family show [Tuesday afternoon].
- Second semi-final: live television broadcast [Thursday evening]; Jury show [Wednesday evening]; Family show [Thursday afternoon].
Here’s a breakdown of what each show will entail:
The Jury Show is a full run of the show that takes place the day before the TV show. This is also when the international juries vote.
The audience can stay for a random version of the qualifier/points revealed as the presenters will practice different scenarios.
The Family Show is a full presentation of the show that takes place earlier in the day, before the live television broadcast.
This show serves as a final rehearsal for the artists and crew. It’s much more convenient for those who want to bring young Eurovision fans.
This show also features randomly generated presentations of qualifiers and points.
live tv show
This is a live TV show. Audiences across Europe and Australia will be able to vote to add to the jury scores. This is the real deal.