eurovision 2017 logo celebrate diversity kyiv

Oh dear. After a period without any delays, it seems that things have got difficult again for Ukraine hosting Eurovision 2017. Ticket sales for the contest have been set back, after the contract procurement procedure was cancelled by the Anti-Monopoly Committee of Ukraine.

Ukrainian broadcaster UA:PBC started the process back in November, which could mean a long wait is on our hands before ticket sales are back on the cards.

EBU Executive Supervisor Jon Ola Sand says:

We are disappointed with the delay to the start of ticket sales for the Eurovision Song Contest 2017, but are working closely with Host Broadcaster UA:PBC to resolve this situation. The EBU recognises that any tender process needs to be transparent and fair, and hope that tickets can go on sale at the earliest possible opportunity.

The contract had been won by concert.ua, but other ticket providers appear to have complained about the process. Reports have also come through about a similar issue with the contest’s design contract. That obviously was not delayed, however, with the “Celebrate Diversity” theme coming out last week.

Obviously, it’s commendable that Ukraine are making sure that everything is above board. It will be disappointing, however, for many Eurovision fans hoping to make the trip to Kyiv. As the date gets closer, costs will no doubt rise for the trip.

This will no doubt also be a reminder of the multiple delays Ukraine faced in selecting a host city. The announcement was put back several times, often at the last minute.

Recently, however, Ukraine seemed to be on the right track. With the stage design and theme in place, ticket sales seemed to be the last barrier. Here’s hoping they’ll be able to sort out the situation sooner rather than later.

Follow all of our Ukraine Eurovision news here

8 Comments
Newest
Oldest Most Voted
Inline Feedbacks
View all comments
Chicken Kyiv?
Chicken Kyiv?
4 years ago

Thank God for that. I was worried for a moment a degree of professionalism had broken out and spread across the Ukraine.

Turns out that was unfounded and the usual car crash can now continue 😀

Avstriya
Avstriya
4 years ago

Planning Eurovision for fans becomes a jeopardy

Daniel E.
Daniel E.
4 years ago

I’ve already booked and paid the flight and hotel, I really need those tickets! :)). Don’t hold me in suspense anymore, it’s killing me!!!

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
4 years ago

Time for me to splash some cold water…
While it’s frustrating being told about the ticketing delays in Ukraine, that does not mean commenters here can use it as excuse to criticise either the whole of Eastern Europe (Frau Von Storch), or ALL potentially corrupt countries (an esc fan)! Both of you profoundly disappoint me. 🙁

fikri
fikri
4 years ago

at this rate they need to change the slogan from “celebrate diversity” to “celebrate delay”

Paul
Paul
4 years ago

Frau Von Storch – chill out mate

an esc fan
an esc fan
4 years ago

Can anybody name a country without corruption ?
Or you just need more information about your own country, not matter its name.

Elhi
Elhi
4 years ago

@Frau von storch
Ukraine is at war and one of the poorest countries in Europe. Not everyone can be that privileged to live in so-called western Europe. Where you were born doesn’t depend on you. Eurovision unites nations and Ukraine deserved this by winning last year.