The Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will take place in the Liverpool Arena next to the River Mersey on Saturday 13 May with Semi-Finals on Tuesday 9 and Thursday 11 May.
On Friday, the BBC announced that Liverpool, The Beatles’ hometown, will host the 2023 Eurovision song contest in May. The prevalent music competition, which will celebrate its 67th year, has chosen Liverpool as its host city for the 2023 edition.
More than twenty cities submitted applications, seven were selected by the BBC, and two moved on to the championship final. However, Liverpool will ultimately serve as the 2023 host city for the Eurovision Song Contest. All performances will take place within the M&S Bank Arena.
Is it True?
On Friday night, Graham Norton, a veteran BBC Eurovision analyst, announced while appearing on The One Show. The UK’s second-place finisher in the 1993 competition, Liverpool-born singer Sonia Evans, expressed her delight at the selection, saying she was “completely over the moon.”
The competition was moved to Britain in 2023 after organisers decided it would be too unsafe to hold it in Ukraine. According to the host nation, the event would be a Ukrainian creativity and culture festival.
Liverpool, the “undeniable capital of pop music,” would be an excellent host, according to BBC Director-General Tim Davie. “Liverpool will put on an outstanding display which showcases the rich culture and creativity of Ukraine,” British Prime Minister Liz Truss wrote on Twitter.
Ukrainian touch in England:
Since the winning country from the previous year’s event serves as the host, the 2022 competition took place in Turin, Italy. Music professionals and the general public cast votes for each entry. The song “Stefania,” by the Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra, which combined hip-hop and folk music elements, received the most votes and was ultimately eliminated.
However, it was decided by the event’s planners and Ukrainian authorities that, in light of Russia’s invasion, they could not host a large-scale event in Ukraine in a secure environment.
Host City: Liverpool
The 2023 Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Liverpool. From its industrial history, Liverpool has transformed into one of Britain’s most vibrant and dynamic cultural events.
With a population of 2.2 million, Liverpool’s metropolitan area is the fifth largest in the UK. In 2019, it also ranked as the fifth-most visited city in the country. As the “home” of The Beatles, Liverpool has a strong link to the arts, particularly music. Liverpool, a UNESCO City of Music, is nevertheless centred around its football team, Liverpool F.C.
In addition to having more art galleries and museums than any other UK city besides London, the city served as the European Capital of Culture in 2008. The city has a productive public transportation system, and Liverpool John Lennon Airport has connections to worldwide locations.
The Liverpool Arena, commonly known as the “M&S Bank Arena,” is a section of the Exhibition Centre Liverpool and is situated in the heart of Liverpool, near the River Mersey. With a capacity of 11,000, the Arena debuted in 2008.
It hosted the 2008 MTV Europe Music Awards and notable concerts by artists like Andrea Bocelli, Beyoncé, Elton John, Kanye West, Kasabian, The Killers, Lady Gaga, Oasis, Pink, and Rihanna. More than 8 million people have visited the complex since it opened in 2008, and there have been about 4,500 events.
Buses provide direct public transportation to the Arena. A short distance away, the Mersey rail Wirral Line stops at James Street Railway Station. The distance between the station and Liverpool Lime Street mainline station is two stops.
Eurovision Village: Pier Head
During the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest, Eurovision Village will serve as the official festival area. You can see special events, live performances by musicians and DJs, and public broadcasts of the Arena shows in Eurovision Village.
In 2023, EBU and the City of Liverpool will host Eurovision Village near Pier Head on the Liverpool riverfront and organised by both organisations. Pier Head is home to several well-known monuments and attractions, such as the Beatles Statue, the Mersey Ferry that docks next to the Mersey Ferries Building, and The Three Graces. Everyone can visit Eurovision Village for entirely free.
The EBU unveiled the official logo for the 67th Eurovision Song Contest, which features the Ukrainian flag inside the heart, at the same time as the announcement of the Host City. However, the contest will take place in the UK. The logo will represent Ukraine, the winner of this year’s Eurovision Song Contest.
We anticipate that tickets for Eurovision 2023 will go on sale in the latter half of 2022 because they typically go on sale in November or December of the year prior.
The upcoming weeks and months will bring more information on the shows and related activities.
Eurovision Merchandise Store
From 1 -14 May, Liverpool ONE will be the home of the official Eurovision Song Contest pop-up store. Featuring the full range of Eurovision merchandise, the store is the only of its kind.
Located on Manesty’s Lane, you can get your hands on mugs, caps, hoodies, and even limited-edition replicas of the Eurovision Song Contest trophy!
If this wasn’t enough already, several novelty items will also be available, so you can celebrate at home, Eurovision-style.