Liverpool to host 2023 Eurovision Song Contest

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From the iconic sound of ‘Waterloo’ to the happy bounce of ‘Congratulations’ and onward to the glam rock spectacular of ‘Hard Rock Hallelujah’ — not to mention pretty much every musical style in between — the Eurovision Song Contest offers something for everyone. In May 2023, Liverpool, the home of Simpleview Europe, will host Eurovision on behalf of Ukraine, opening its arms to the world as a venue for music and fun — and above all, as a place for hope, solidarity, and compassion.

Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra took first place at last year’s event in Turin, with the UK’s Sam Ryder coming a close second. Liverpool vied with seven cities across the UK for the honour of hosting the 2023 event, with its facilities and infrastructure undergoing careful scrutiny during the bidding process to ensure the city’s ability to accommodate thousands of visitors. The grand final of Eurovision 2023 will take place on 13 May at the Liverpool Arena, with the semi-finals to be held on the 9th and 11th May, respectively. 

Offering his congratulations to the city, Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor Martin Österdahl told Visit Liverpool, “Liverpool is the ideal 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 needed to stage a global event of this scale. We have been very impressed with the passion the city has shown in embracing the contest and their inclusive ideas for placing last year’s winners, Ukraine, front and centre when thousands of fans visit next May.”

The BBC — in conjunction with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and Ukrainian public broadcaster UA:PBC — will be organising Eurovision 2023. Speaking to Eurovision regarding the choice of Liverpool as the event’s host city, Mykola Chernotytskyi, head of the managing board of UA:PBC, said, “It is symbolic that the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Liverpool, a twin city of Odesa. The organisation of a contest of this level sets super demanding requirements. I am confident that the city recognised as the capital of pop music will meet them in the best way and will deliver the celebration of music that will amaze both delegations and fans of Eurovision.'

More information on Eurovision 2023 — including how to book tickets — can be found here in due course.

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