Europe is poised to descend on Tel Aviv for the Eurovision Song Contest 2019 in just a few weeks, and the panic over Eurovision tickets from back in February now seems like a distant memory. As you’ll recall fans scrambled to secure one of 7,300 seats in the Expo Arena for each show. Despite the rush for tickets, it turns out that thousands are still available owing to the high price.

According to Israeli business publication Globes, almost 400 VIP Green Room tickets remain up for grabs. These are the most expensive tickets, priced at 2,000 Shekels each (that’s nearly 500 euros a pop). It looks like cosying up to the delegations and the stars doesn’t have the appeal KAN thought it would.

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According to the website of ticket supplier Leaan, over 2,200 tickets remain unsold for the Semi Finals. Even the partial view seats, priced at 1,000 or 1,250 Shekels (that’s 250 to 310 euros), are just a bit too expensive for Eurofans.

Even the Jury Rehersal of the Grand Final has failed to shift 2,000 tickets.

Even though EXPO Tel Aviv is offering less than half the number of tickets as Stockholm’s Globe Arena in 2016, which sold 16,000 tickets, the expensive prices mean local fans are turning their backs on the live shows. It’s given a huge boost to local parties, including our own Wiwi Jam at the Theatre Club, where fan can see their favourite acts up-close and personal for just 21 euros.

Israeli media reports that many fans have decided not to fly to Tel Aviv at all, because costs mount up once the expensive hotel prices are considered.

Despite the difficulties in shifting the tickets, Israel’s broadcaster KAN remains optimistic and is encouraging everyone to attend at least one of the shows, even if it isn’t televised: “The sale of tickets to the Green Room, the semifinals, and the rehearsals is continuing. Tickets to the rehearsals and semifinals are relatively low, and this is an excellent opportunity for people to enjoy a show never before seen in Israel.”

What do you think? Do you Dare to Buy an arena ticket, or does watching the show on your sofa sound like the better idea? Let us know in the comments!

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La Signora
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La Signora

500€ is absurd. Obviously they remain unsold. Better drop dat price

desi
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desi
VanillaGirl
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VanillaGirl

This is the price of greed…

Sal
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Sal

So much complaining in the comments! Look guys, there are 41 countries participating which means 41 potential winners and 39 (minus San Marino and Australia) potential host countries. Not all of them are gonna be your perfectly-priced, perfectly-sized contest in a Western country because it’s just not possible for every country to provide that due to geographical location, country size, wealth, budget, etc. Being a fan of the ESC you’ve gotta accept this basic fact. Israel’s made a good choice of location. Okay, the J’lem arena is bigger but the city would have brought many other issues (accommodation and religious,… Read more »

Otto
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Otto

Well said!

Stevan
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Stevan

but KAN should cut their losses and drop the prices for tickets. They are better off selling all tickets at a bit lower price than to sell just a few hundred more at a very high price.

Ana
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Ana

They cut the prices for the rehearsals of the semi finals by 67%, but the tickets are still not selling very well even after the cut.

Alex
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Alex

Sorry but no one cares about rehearsals. They should cut the prices of the SF live shows but they didn’t! Do they prefer empty seats?

Ana
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Ana

Iceland has an indoor football stadium that can hold standing concerts up to 18k people. So Iceland has a bigger venue than Tel Aviv

Alex
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Alex

Basically you are complaining. Tel Aviv had an indoor arena that they rejected for whatever reasons. Since they went for Expo, they should have figured out a way to make the tickets affordable for everyone. 300-euro is the cheapest ticket for the final or SF, do you think this is acceptable? for god’s sake, even for locals this is extremely expensive. This isn’t Monaco ro Switzerland, this is Israel. Cyprus would be a better choice as they are using euro and it’s a cheaper country than Israel. People criticised Cyprus for not being able to host the show in a… Read more »

Alex
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Alex

KAAN has already been given tickets for free (so does EBU and broadcasting countries) and they won’t make any profit if they give tickets for free. They should have sold them at lower prices from the beginning, now it’s humiliating and they are losing $$ .

Rasmus
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Rasmus

You guys can say things about Sweden. But you CANT say that we are not good at have a full Esc 3 shows and Rehearsels. Every show was full 2013 and 2016. I rest my case.

Alex
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Alex

Swedes love Eurovision so it’s not a surprise to me.

Sweden 2013 and Denmark 2014 semifinals looked full on TV.

The problem with EXPO is the tiny venue because it is hard to ‘hide’ the empty seats on TV.

Jonas
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Jonas

Why did the semi-finals in 2013 look not full to capacity? When Loreen was doing her opening number in the first Semi-final, it looked half empty in the standing area.

Alex
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Alex

Standing arena rarely gets full in semifinals but that’s not a problem. It’s mostly for fans. We’re talking about seats.

Alex
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Alex

Well, they are not gonna sell them in 2-3 weeks so I assume they will give them away for free at the end or reduce the prices days before the shows. Prices are ridiculously high (300 euro? seriously??? do they serve buffet and meet and greets with the stars?) This is what you get when you choose a tiny venue for a big TV show like Eurovision. If they had opted for an arena of 12k, prices would have varied and anyone could have been given the chance to attend like in Portugal. I personally was planning to visit Israel… Read more »

Sal
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Sal

How would Cyprus be any better????

Jonas
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Jonas

The best song should win. It’s ridiculous to suggest not supporting a song because the ticket costs might be high the following year. This event is not purely for the small number of fanatics who attend the contest in person each year.

Cesar's salad
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Cesar's salad

The price tag is indeed a problem, but not only for the event but also the travel costs. Trips to Israel and Tel-Aviv are extremely expensive in general, and during Eurovision in particular.

However, Israel is quite remote and Eurovision live from the arena is not every fan’s must-have experience every year. I’ve did it once and I don’t urge to repeat that experience.

If Iceland wins, fans and delegations will need to spend a lot of money as well next year.

Nikki
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Nikki

Well, I’m always saying I’m waiting a country I like to visit wins to go and see the contest life. And yeah, I’d love to go to Iceland. Vikings, nature and cool museums, that’s my jam, well, my second jam after Romans, so I’d like to go there

Alex
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Alex

Iceland will be a hell, i agree. Fingers crossed for the Netherlands and/or Italy.

Jonas
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Jonas

Israel is not that remote, it all depends on where you are coming from.

Alex
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Alex

Israel is not remote for Cyprus and Greece.

poe-tay-toe-chips
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poe-tay-toe-chips

????? I’m not sure if it’s only because the United States is a greedy capitalist dystopia nation, …but those ticket prices sound kind of normal to me. At least, if you’re trying to get decent seats while seeing an A-list musician. I think seeing 17-26 acts at an internationally televised world-famous competition though could I guess be similarly expensive. I mean, …when you’re seeing the show, aren’t you technically seeing musical history happen? And I heard about friends or past coworkers of mine paying $400 or $500 USD for concert tickets all the time. (also, this is NOTHING compared to… Read more »

Bob
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Bob

I agree, I’m also used to these prices (but they are by no means reasonable). I have been to the Eurovision Song Contest grand final once and all we could afford was tickets for some seats behind the stage. We saw everything from behind and through lighting equipment and big screens xD but was it worth it? TOTALLY! I hope to go again sometime and have better seats, and I would save and pay much more next time. But it is much more the trip to the host country that is they problem, rather than the prices of the tickets.… Read more »

Stevan
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Stevan

and yet the tickets remain unsold

Ana
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Ana

Exactly, that shows a major mistake and overestimation of the demand. They totally f*cked it up. The only thing that will save it is if the shows will look fantastic on TV. They can always give away tickets to soldiers etc to make the arena look full in the semi finals.

Jonas
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Jonas

To the people who constantly demand a giant arena, and whine about smaller venues…please learn a lesson from this. EBU too.

mamma mia
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mamma mia

Well, if the arena was bigger, they could sell the tickets for less and even make more money.

Jonas
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Jonas

A nice theory, but this is not the first time they have had trouble selling out the semi-finals.

Alex
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Alex

It’s not about selling out semifinals in this case, but having less empty seats. It’s humiliating to have a half-empty arena in a small venue like Expo because it will be so obvious and visible on TV, they can’t hide the empty seats and it’s a shame for the performers.

Cesar's salad
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Cesar's salad

Even Globen in 2016 was visibly partially empty. Re-watch the Lynda Woodruff skit.

Alex
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Alex

Not true!

Lesbi honest
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Lesbi honest

That was during the voting process, after all the songs had been performed, and I guess most people were on toilet breaks or stretching their legs. During the rest of the show the arena is packed.

Charles II
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Charles II

These are mostly tickets for the semi rehearsals, not the live events (final is sold out), so to say that thousands of tickets is true but also a bit misleading.
I wouldn’t go to any show rehearsal even if it was free.

Alex
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Alex

You are wrong. The live shows of the semifinals are half-empty at the moment. SF1 has surprisingly the biggest problem with ticket sales. I think SF2 is selling better because of Russia and the Netherlands.

Rehearsals can be empty, no one cases because they are not televised. At the end, they can let people attend the rehearsals because they are not so important.

Jules Kent
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Jules Kent

The price of capitalism and who suffers?
Just watch it on YouTube in your full 4K HDTV with a buffet laid out in front of you. No brainer. Can’t be beat.
From an American Eurovision fan.

Karl
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Karl

How are Americans able to watch when it’s geoblocked?

Simon
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Simon

ever heard of a VPN?

Kevin
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Kevin

They stream the grand finale on LOGO here

William Palmer
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William Palmer

Not on logo this year. On no where in USA.

keith mawson
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keith mawson

https://easyview.eu/ make note of this link you Get BBC coverage so English with Graham Norton

keith mawson
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keith mawson

Defo get a free vpn you can get them for free for several months. dotvpn is good

Jonas
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Jonas

4K HD TVs don’t come cheap either, y’know…

Ana
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Ana

Very cute to watch Eurovision on a 4k tv while the broadcast is in 1080p only. LOL

Jonas J
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Jonas J

It serves this year’s disgusting contest right!

Joseph Mendy
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Joseph Mendy

I’d much rather watch Eurovision on me telly in my bedroom having meself a nice relaxing Eurovision Night in whilst waving a UK flag?

Fatima
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Fatima

I’ll do the same thing. Though not in my bedroom. And I won’t be relaxed. And I won’t have a flag.

Nikki
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Nikki

I do, the Spanish one plus my hubby’s Moroccan flag. He nicked them from the World Cup decorations of a place close to his job. No, really, he did. They were to threw them the next day anyway.

Purple Mask
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Purple Mask

Price for the market you are targeting.
If that doesn’t work, lower the prices.
If that doesn’t work, either run with it or call it off.

Karl
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Karl

Israelis being greedy. Least shocking news ever.

T.J.
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T.J.

Oh I was soooo waiting for this crypto-anti-semitic stereotype.
How about this one in return: you’ve got a german name. So germans being antisemitic. Least shocking news ever.

Ein bisschen Frieden
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Ein bisschen Frieden

Both of these comments are terribly depressing.

Una
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Una

My plan for Eurovision in Israel would be going to an open-air event and enjoy the bubble and the weather and the food. See the show on screens. Then get on youtube and see all entries online. I’d rather go for the whole Eurovision experience with other people that love Eurovision like me. I actually couldn’t enjoy the show from inside the venue. Just wait during the interval and the postcards and being in there who knows how long before the show starts. No matter the pricepoint for the ticket.

Alex
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Alex

I disagree. This time it would be fun attending the show because the venue is so small so it’s more intimate. BUT the prices are pure madness.

Una
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Una

It’s all money-making and Israel is quite expensive. I’d be curious to know the rates for Stockholm 2016 or Denmark 2014. If either Iceland or Switzerland win this year, the market dictates that the tickets will be expensive.

Frisian esc
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Frisian esc

That would actually be hilarious with hatari’s anti capitalistic message. Don’t want to be a jerk but i definitely would rub that in if that happened xD

Alex
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Alex

Israel is not as expensive as Denmark and Sweden. Let;s not try to find excuses. The problem is the small venue and they are trying to get money back.

Una
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Una

They also have to take care of security – a cost that other countries don’t have to think that much about. Say all you want but security in Israel is a day-to-day very serious issue. And with the participation of more than 40 countries and a large number of tourists security becomes more important. Eurovision is a very large scale event that is seen in the whole world. Israel cannot take any risk for their country and the guest countries and the guest tourists. Someone pays for it. Security does not come for free. It’s a very high cost. It’s… Read more »

Jake
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Jake

They need to make them cheaper if they aren’t selling, because the arena needs to be full in May. What would they do about people who have already bought tickets though?

Alex
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Alex

Nothing, they should read the T&Cs. 🙂 I would personally advise everyone planning to buy tickets to wait a couple days before the shows.

It would be embarrassing to have empty seats, the venue is very small so the empty seats would be visible during the show.

dusi23
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dusi23

The probleme is the small location! The contest itself will look unprofessional and more like a NF than Eurovision. And if you can only sell 6.500 tickets instead of 10.000 or even 30.000 prices rise as high as this year. No wonder that nobody wants those tickets.

Alex
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Alex

The arena is so small so in order to make profit, the prices are extremely high (270 euros is the cheapest ticket with normal view). Stage will look nice, without a doubt, but the whole venue will look tiny on TV. Good for everyone inside the venue though, great views.

Una
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Una

It’s a TV show and it will look great on TV regardless of the size of the venue. That’s the point of it. EBU and the host country make the show for the whole world. Not necessarily for the people in the venue. And Eurovision is top notch in what regards TV technology with all that it entails. What matters most is the artists on the stage. Some lucky fans with their flags close to the stage. But the show for more than 200 mil people is what matters.