The EBU’s discussions with the UK to host Eurovision 2023 have already started — and British cities are busy jockeying for position.

According to the Birmingham Mail, the city of Birmingham is bidding to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 at the Resorts World Arena. The venue has cleared its diary to bolster their chances.

The second largest metropolitan area by population the United Kingdom, the city is a major cultural hub known for both classical music and jazz. It’s also expert in hosting major worldwide events.

Ian Ward, Birmingham city councillor, has made his intentions known:

“To host such an iconic event would be a tremendous honour for our city, especially in light of such a difficult and challenging time for Ukraine.”

“Our hearts go out to them and as a city we are eager to lend our support in any way that we can. The Concert for Ukraine, held at Resorts World Arena back in March, really showed how music can unite us even in the most uncertain and troublesome of times.”

“We’re ready to step up to the occasion for the people of Ukraine and make music fans from across the world proud.”

Ward’s statement follows fellow Birmingham Councillor John O’Shea’s earlier assertion that the city has hosted, and can host the contest again. 

Birmingham previously hosted in 1998 after British rock band Katrina and the Waves won the 1997 competition with ‘Love Shine a Light’. The 1998 edition was held at the Utilita Arena, formerly known as the NEC’s National Indoor Arena.

Birmingham’s bid venue – The Resorts World Arena

The floated venue for Birmingham’s bid, The Resorts World Arena, is located in Solihull, and has a capacity of up to 15,000 seats. The arena is located opposite the Resorts World Birmingham, an entertainment complex which features the largest casino in the United Kingdom as well as a shopping mall.

The Arena has also hosted major events in recent times, including ITV’s Concert for Ukraine in March, BBC Sports Personality of the Year in 2010, 2016 and 2018 as well as the BBC Music Awards in 2015. The city will also be hosting the upcoming Commonwealth Games next month.

Birmingham’s bid for Eurovision 2023 comes after the EBU announced that Ukraine, who won Eurovision this year, will not be able to host Eurovision next year. Other UK cities including Glasgow, Manchester, Liverpool, London and Belfast have already expressed an early interest in hosting the the competition in 2023.

Would you like Eurovision 2023 to be hosted in Birmingham? Let us know in the comments below!

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Sarah
Sarah
8 days ago

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Sarah
Sarah
8 days ago

Birmingham last hosted in 1998, it’s kinda clear that they’re moving away from england, glasgow & cardiff would be perfect options but it’s probably going to manchester

Sarah
Sarah
8 days ago

sad

Sam
Sam
10 days ago

No pls no

beccaboo1212
10 days ago

Utilita Arena hosted the contest in 1998 when it was known as the National Indoor Arena, so why not give the nearby Resorts World Arena a chance in the event of Birmingham hosting the Eurovision Song Contest a quarter-of-a-century later.

TJCat
TJCat
10 days ago
Reply to  beccaboo1212

Because the Resorts World arena is way out of town surrounded by car parks, industrial sized exhibition halls and a tiny shopping mall that pretends to be something special and nothing but nothing else. It’s utterly soulless. Utilita is city centre, surrounded by bars, cafe’s hotels, the canal side, all other city centre facilities.
Resorts world has no culture, no warmth no personality. The city centre is full of it.

Esc Aqua
10 days ago

Birmingham last hosted in 1998, it’s kinda clear that they’re moving away from england, glasgow & cardiff would be perfect options but it’s probably going to manchester

vetrina
vetrina
11 days ago

I think Glasgow and Manchester are the front-runners to host

AllThingsNordic.eu
11 days ago

Wales is usually ignored so why not choose Cardiff? Glasgow could also be a good choice.

GuyGuy
GuyGuy
12 days ago

Given the tendency to “spread the love”, I don’t think the BBC will have Birmingham host ESC twice in a row…not to mention that there are several other good options as well.
IMO, and with all due respect, there’s not a chance Birmingham will get to host this coming addition..

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
12 days ago

Wait…I think I may have been there before?!!

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
12 days ago

I was just there, I swear! It was a good arena!

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
12 days ago

I went to see David Grey and he was REALLY good!

Rifki
Rifki
12 days ago

I am a bit surprised that Resorts World Arena is preferred over the NIA, now known as Utilita Arena Birmingham. based on what I have seen, Utilita Arena’s ceiling height (at least 17 metres) is a bit higher than that of the Resorts World Arena (at least 12 metres), that is why I prefer Utilita Arena if it is Birmingham.

Hugin
Hugin
12 days ago
Reply to  Rifki

Since BBC have never hosted ESC in the same venue twice. Utilita Arena(Formerly NIA) is unlikly to be choosen as the venue. Because it was the venue for ESC 1998.

Rifki
Rifki
12 days ago
Reply to  Hugin

well, I think it’s now the time to be more open. Sweden hosted Eurovision in the same Globe Arena twice (in 2000 and in 2016), so hopefully BBC would do the same if it’s in Birmingham. but regardless, I think it will not be Birmingham who will get it; it is instead going to be either Glasgow or Manchester.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
12 days ago
Reply to  Rifki

I have been to both, I believe, and from what I remember, the seating was very cramp with barely any leg room in Utilita. Resorts World had good services and was very comfortable.

HarpyDarper
HarpyDarper
12 days ago

I’m quite familiar with Birmingham Airport, and that’s connected to the whole NEC complex. Very functional and maybe not the most fun area for visiting fans, as I seem to remember it’s quite isolated from a lot of the bars/clubs. They’d have to take the bus/train to get close to those things, whereas the Utilita arena I understand is surrounded by those. I’ve never been to the latter, been to the former for a WWE event as a kid, seem to remember visiting the nearby motorbike museum. I’m rambling. But then again it’s the TV viewers who are the priority… Read more »

HarpyDarper
HarpyDarper
12 days ago
Reply to  HarpyDarper

One other thing I wanted to mention.
In 1998, as I understand it, about a third of the arena had to be used for the stage and all the behind the scenes stuff, leaving space for a crowd of 4000 (though it looks more to me. Looked totally different from when Gladiators was there). This is quite below the numbers we see today, isn’t the capacity needed to be at least 10,000? I understand the building has changed a lot since then, does it have enough space inside today?

Aidan Travers
Aidan Travers
12 days ago
Reply to  HarpyDarper

Back in 1998, the venue sizing that was the norm circulated around a 5000 capacity. It wasn’t until 2000 that the contest exploded into a full sized arena format. The bowl (circular end) of the arena was used only, and deemed adequate as a full sized arena would have been seen as way too big. Little did they foresee what was to come 2 years later. Today, there would be no question about using the full arena space.

Rifki
Rifki
12 days ago
Reply to  HarpyDarper

since the new millennium, I think it is a requirement that the venue should have the capacity of at least 10,000. assuming that the number is for a normal end-stage concert, and assuming that only 70% to 80% of the actual capacity will be used for Eurovision due to the complexity of the stage and the production equipments, I think that the minimum capacity after being reduced for production reason is 7,000 or 8,000 (as stated in the 2022 bidding process).

TJCat
TJCat
11 days ago
Reply to  HarpyDarper

I was there in 1998! Showing my age.
The stage was pulled right forward so the only seating used was the back arc and less than a third of the side seats used. The rest of the arena was behind the stage and hoses the green room and dressing rooms.

Thallo
Thallo
12 days ago

This arena is set in an industrial area on the outskirts of Birmingham (beside the airport).

The area isn’t pretty, it’s just dull, lifeless and has zero charm. Not to mention fans would have to rely on a bus to the venue the arena isn’t connected by metro.

If the UK hosts, they have plenty of stunning arenas set in ideal locations to choose from. If Birmingham hosts (which I doubt) they should choose the Utilita Arena instead. The Utilita Arena is a little smaller than Resorts, but bigger doesn’t always mean better!

Jani
Jani
12 days ago
Reply to  Thallo

9 min train from city centre and on site parking

Deven O'Kearney
12 days ago
Reply to  Thallo

It will be a good place if you enjoy planespotting. ? I actually think Birmingham has a very good chance of securing the contest next year. For one, it’s not London, so they’d be showcasing another city, secondly, the venue is very experienced in hosting large concerts and televised events and the huge exhibition centre could house the press centre (it’s basically Rotterdam Ahoy, but larger again) and maybe even side events. The city is big enough to accommodate the fans and it has experience hosting international events, like Eurovision and the Commonwealth Games. Personally I’d love to see Belfast… Read more »

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
12 days ago
Reply to  Thallo

I went on the bus and I ended up meeting more people and socialising because of that. The venue is also MUCH more comfortable than Utilita.

UpinSpaceFan
UpinSpaceFan
12 days ago

Birmingham was an early favourite of mine to play host at the Resorts World Arena and is currently just behind Glasgow in my preference ranking, with Liverpool taking up third position.

Nils
Nils
12 days ago

Birmingham … wow … that was the very first contest I’ve watched. Time flies.

TJCat
TJCat
12 days ago

As a Birmingham guy I am happy for it not to come here as we had it last time. But if it is Birmingham it must be the Utilita arena in the heart of the city right next to the beautiful canals, cafe’s bars, hotels. Facilities galore.
Resorts world is so out on a limb from the city and is quite a soulless place surrounded by car parks and massive box like exhibition halls and not much else. It would tick a “functional” box for space but not a place for “experience and personality for fans and delegations visiting

Dolly
Dolly
12 days ago
Reply to  TJCat

Come on Birmingham , I am from London , anywhere but Glasgow. The Scots can’t have their cake and eat it

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
12 days ago
Reply to  TJCat

I’ve been to BOTH Utilita and Resorts World and from what I remember enjoyed RESORTS WORLD more than Utilita. This is because Utilita felt crampt and packed and the seating was not good – my legs could barely fit into the gap between the sits and I did not feel comfortable. In Resorts World, the seating is very comfy and there’s plenty of leg room and good food places in comparison.

Teddy
Teddy
12 days ago

I was born in Birmingham 3 years after we hosted and it would be so cool to have it back in town after 25 years! I’ve been to that venue dozens of times and it’s probably one of the best options to host in the UK. It’s walking distance from the airport, surrounded by hotels and has the NEC next door which has enough space to host thousands of fans, the fancentre and the press centre. If it’s not Glasgow fingers crossed for Birmingham!

Whisker
Whisker
12 days ago

There can be only one host city, but they can have main stage hosts representing England, N. Ireland, Scotland and Wales. To make it fair.