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.