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The BBC has not yet released the official bid details to host Eurovision 2023 in the UK. But that hasn’t stopped mayors, city councillors, MPs and Eurovision fans from voicing their support for their preferred host city.

Liverpool, London, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Cardiff, Belfast — cities big and small across all four nations of the United Kingdom are ready for their moment in the international spotlight. But which city has the venue, hotels, access to an international airport and buzz needed to secure the world’s biggest live music event?

We’ve all heard from the mayors and read the statements from city council members. But now we want to know what you think. Which of the following cities do you think can serve the needs of both TV producers and international visitors best? You can vote for as many cities as you’d like, but you can only vote one time. So make it count. 

Poll: Which UK city should host Eurovision 2023?

Eurovision 2023: Host city requirements

In a recent report on the BBC News, the following criteria were outlined for Eurovision 2023 host city:

  • A venue with a capacity for at least 10,000 spectators
  • A nearby international airport 
  • Hotel accommodation for 2,000 people

On top of this, we know from recent editions of Eurovision that the EBU requires a press centre for 1,500 journalists. However, as we saw in Turin, cost-cutting has led the EBU to dramatically slash that number. There were only 500 journalists allowed in the press room at Eurovision 2022. 

Last year, Italian broadcaster Rai stipulated that the host city must have a venue that is available for six weeks before the event, two weeks during the show and a week after the end of the show for dismantling. 

Rai also defined a “nearby” international airport as within 90 minutes of the city.

Learn more about the various bids, speculation and hype below…

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Lesya
Lesya
8 days ago

Why not let Ukraine decide. After all it is suppose to be them hosting and it’s suppose to be about Ukraine not the UK

XyZ
XyZ
9 days ago

Whatever city is the least connected to Ukraine, I’ll take it.

Karl
Karl
9 days ago

Brighton because it’s the one closest to Ukraine

Harry Thomas Hornby
Harry Thomas Hornby
9 days ago

LIVERPOOL

Cate
Cate
9 days ago

It’s a no brainer – Edinburgh of course as it is twinned with Kyiv

Chris
Chris
6 days ago
Reply to  Cate

Edinburgh doesn’t have a venue to host it at

Liam
Liam
9 days ago

Id say my city but it’s an absolute dump so Manchester or Glasgow please

Laburnum
Laburnum
10 days ago

Since Manchester is now the home of the BBC I see that being quite likely. But it would be nice to have it outside of England. So my top 3 choices would be Manchester, Glasgow or Cardiff

Midnight Gold
Midnight Gold
10 days ago

Manchester or Glasgow, fine. Anyone but the Scouse, honestly.

Briekimchi
Briekimchi
10 days ago

I think, as a non-UK-based fan, Edinburgh would be the most appealing for me to visit. :3

Dolly
Dolly
10 days ago

Nicola Krankie and her krankies do not even want to be part of the uk …. Please do not vote Glasgow please vote Cardiff , Wales for the first time or Manchester I live in London and we don’t need more foot flow thank you

Euroboitoy
Euroboitoy
9 days ago
Reply to  Dolly

oi, don’t be racists to the Scots! We have a lovely country!

David
David
8 days ago
Reply to  Dolly

Vote aberdeen. At least Scotland has a voice unlike Wales. Independence is just around the corner!

Gaga
Gaga
10 days ago

Nottingham. Love that city. Hello from Armenia

Thallo
Thallo
11 days ago

London, period.

We haven’t had Eurovision in a major European city (top 10) since Moscow hosted it in 2009, and that was an absolute SPECTACLE. Kyiv can also be counted as a major European city, though considerably smaller than London & Moscow. I can imagine Eurovision in London would be just as fantastic as Moscow. Whilst London wouldn’t have a ‘Eurovision feeling’ for fans compared to smaller cities, it would be a treat for everyone else. If we want Eurovision on steroids, then London is the way to go.

Thallo
Thallo
11 days ago
Reply to  Thallo

I wouldn’t mind Glasgow hosting either.

Scotland wanting to host for the UK whilst preparing to leave the UK is quite funny. They literally don’t care that it’ll be hosted under a Union Jack, they just care about tourism and job creation and I admire them for that. That’s the sign of a great government, they’ll take as many opportunities as they can as long as it benefits the people of the nation. Maybe it’s time to let Scotland have one last hurrah with the UK before they finally depart.

Sam
Sam
10 days ago
Reply to  Thallo

Yeah but having it in London also means all the damned traffic. I think it’s been great seeing eurovision in all these different and diverse cities. I think there’s a lot of cities in the UK that could provide the vibe we all want from Eurovision. And that says something great about the different places around the UK and how we do have first class infrastructure to host an event like this.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
10 days ago
Reply to  Thallo

Isn’t a ‘spectacle’ more based on the best arena and not the city itself?

Thallo
Thallo
10 days ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

No, it’s a mix of everything.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
10 days ago
Reply to  Thallo

But what was it that made Moscow such a spectacle in your opinion?

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
11 days ago

Honestly, I want Liverpool to win this. I would leave Manchester or London when UK wins Eurovision, for this occasion Liverpool seems to be my favourite. 🙂

Sarah
Sarah
11 days ago

Why is Sunderland an option though lmao

XyZ
XyZ
11 days ago

No offense to others, but we need London. No more backwaters please.

Sam
Sam
11 days ago
Reply to  XyZ

None of these cities are backwaters. Just because its not the capital doesn’t mean it has the capacity to host Eurovision. London is a great city, but so is Manchester, Birmingham, Glasgow, Edinburgh, Cardiff, Liverpool.

Birmingham is about to host the commonwealth games. Manchester and Glasgow have hosted it since 2000 too. These are highly capable, modern, fun cities to be in. They’re by no means a backwater, and you’d be lucky to visit eurovision in any one of them because they’re all great places!

Sam
Sam
11 days ago

My gut is telling me it’s going to be Glasgow.

Luke A
Luke A
11 days ago

I’d love it to be Leeds or Newcastle they both would be so convenient for me but it’s most likely between Manchester and Liverpool I think

Esc addict
Esc addict
11 days ago

My pick is Liverpool because I liked the way they announce their bid and I like what they offer. They litteraly said that Liverpool would be transformed in a little Ukraine during Eurovision which I find very cool.

Esc addict
Esc addict
11 days ago
Reply to  Esc addict

I’d love to know the reason why the bookies think that Glasgow has more chances than the others. What are the criterias to define who has more chances in hosting Eurovision? Ok, the venue, the arena, the location, proximity to airport, the facilities etc ok I get it. But why Glasgow largely over Manchester, London, Birmingham or Liverpool in that case, I don’t get it, all these cities have everything required too so why especially Glasgow more than the others…..these bookies are really full of secret I really d’love to know, they can influence so much things notably in Eurovision… Read more »

Sam
Sam
11 days ago
Reply to  Esc addict

We’re there not rumours of an informal deal that Glasgow would get it if it came to the UK.

Day one
Day one
11 days ago
Reply to  Esc addict

I think its because the Ovo arena in Glasgow is avaliable the whole of May, is large enough to host and was used as the stadium in the eurovision movie

Esc addict
Esc addict
10 days ago
Reply to  Day one

Ok but the others arena too are available so if the criteria to put Glasgow far ahead of the others is because of the Eurovision movie, I find this really hazardous.

Campbell Grace
Campbell Grace
11 days ago

Manchester is way above the rest. Unpopular opinion but if any country of the UK should host it, it should be Wales. Scotland don’t deserve it because of Nicola Sturgeon’s wish to be independent which I respect but I don’t agree with her wanting Scotland to host Eurovision while bashing the rest of the UK.

Sam
Sam
11 days ago
Reply to  Campbell Grace

Eurovision is supposed to be above politics. Scotland – if it has the right venue/city and the best plans- should get Eurovision. No one here should be saying oh don’t send it to this location they want out. Rule out Belfast their largest party is separatist, and Wales have hinted they may be pro-indy so let’s just have it in England.

It’s thinking like this, and an attitude like this, that leads to people wanting Scottish independence. It doesn’t help the UK, and it doesn’t help people’s opinion of England.

Chris
Chris
6 days ago
Reply to  Sam

I mean, as a Scot, I’m not super comfortable with the idea of a BBC hosted eurovision in Glasgow with all the Union Jackery that would entail. That would also be politicising the contest, especially as a referendum could well be held in late 2023.

Barry
Barry
11 days ago
Reply to  Campbell Grace

In your opinion the same could be said of the UK. Why in the UK while they voted for Brexit and are bashing the EU.

Euroboitoy
Euroboitoy
11 days ago
Reply to  Campbell Grace

Glasgow has the 2nd busiest venue in the world!

Esc addict
Esc addict
11 days ago
Reply to  Euroboitoy

Ok it’s great but for Eurovision to be done in a popular arena or not means nothing, it’s not something determining imo. The 2nd busiest arena in 2019 doesn’t mean that it’s forcefully the best to host Eurovision in 2023.

MonsieurMüller
MonsieurMüller
11 days ago

Wooooow!!! This year we are going to experience the REAL battle of the cities…

Bo Jorgensen
Bo Jorgensen
11 days ago

Really hope it is not Glasgow considering Sturgeon’s hatred of the United Kingdom she has the audacity to state she wants Glasgow to stage the contest!!! So it suits her that Scotland is part of the UK when it comes to staging the Eurovision unbelievable!! I hope the BBC awards the contest to a city from either Wales, England or Northern Ireland.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
11 days ago
Reply to  Bo Jorgensen

So as long as Scotland is part of the UK they shouldn’t be allowed to host eurovision in your opinion?

Bo Jorgensen
Bo Jorgensen
11 days ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Question to you Frisian, so you don’t find it hypocritical of Sturgeon wanting the contest when she hates Scotland being part of the Union?

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
11 days ago
Reply to  Bo Jorgensen

Not really. It’s kinda logical that she wants to bring the biggest international song contest to scotland. Especially considering her pro European stance. I don’t see how that conflicts with her wanting scottish independance. As long as Scotland is a part of the UK they should be treated as such don’t you think?

Bo Jorgensen
Bo Jorgensen
11 days ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

She is a complete hypocrite IMO. She is pro anything against the Union but very happy to ride on the back of it to hold Eurovision. Scotland has a pro independent government that wants nothing to do with the UK so no they should not stage the contest. Surprised you can’t see why many would agree with what I am saying tbh. The only thing that would make me laugh is the fact the Union Jack’s would be flying in the venue that would wind Sturgeon up haha.

Sam
Sam
11 days ago
Reply to  Bo Jorgensen

Scotland doesn’t want “nothing” to do with the UK. It just wants to go its separate way and stop being ruled from Westminster. Are we saying breakaway regions shouldn’t be allowed to host Eurovision. After Brexit is the UK not wanting anything to do with ‘Europe’ so they can’t ho…. oh wait.

Shaun Dixon
Shaun Dixon
11 days ago
Reply to  Sam

I am sure the English would want them to go and fund themselves for once……. I am Scottish btw.

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
11 days ago
Reply to  Bo Jorgensen

But that’s like saying ‘oh, but if you’re so pro scottish independance, then why do you still make use of any of the social benefits britain has to offer’. They aren’t independent as of yet so it’s logical that Nicola Sturgeon stands up for whats the best for her people/voting base.

Bo Jorgensen
Bo Jorgensen
11 days ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

No logic coming from Sturgeon just division and hatred but quite happy for the rest of the Union to fund her incompetent government and receive far more benefits then say the English people do. Free university, prescriptions etc the ‘Barnet formula’ really gives them far more then the English get and its a real shame if I was English I would be asking for an independence vote for England to leave the Union!

Sam
Sam
10 days ago
Reply to  Bo Jorgensen

Okay. I’m actually English, living in Scotland. Sure the union gives them some things, but the debate isn’t well the uk govt gives us all this stuff. It’s deep questions of who should rule Scotland. Scotland was an independent council till 1707 so not that long ago and has a long history of England coming in and taking over Scotland (see also: Wales and Ireland). So the question of who rules Scotland is a completely valid question and no one arguing independence is talking Barnet formula, it’s talking about an unequal union and a belief that things can be better… Read more »

Bo Jorgensen
Bo Jorgensen
9 days ago
Reply to  Sam

Lets agree to disagree hey Sam! I agree it is a very unequal union for the English for sure. Let Scotland go with their huge deficit and dreadful incompetent government byeeeeeee LOL

Bo Jorgensen
Bo Jorgensen
9 days ago
Reply to  Sam

Yes as for Wales they benefit as well far more then England but the difference is you don’t hear the endless moaning like the Scots Sam.

Caspi
Caspi
11 days ago
Reply to  Bo Jorgensen

Of course is Hypocritical.. However the site of zillions of Union Jacks in Glasgow would be great.. just how I remember the city back in the 90s

Chris
Chris
6 days ago
Reply to  Caspi

and covering Glasgow, a city that voted yes in 2014, in union jacks would just be asking for trouble.

Sam
Sam
11 days ago
Reply to  Bo Jorgensen

People in Scotland are welcoming, they’re friendly, and they’re experienced at hosting big international events. Glasgow did just host COP26 on the same site they want Eurovision. Its a fun city, an open city, a party and great vibe there, and a very suitable site for Eurovision – they’ll even welcome people from England as long as you’re not acting up. (Source: I’m literally from England just moved up to Scotland and everyone is really friendly). Sturgeon doesn’t speak for all of Scotland, and I don’t think it’s fair to bring politics into where in the UK Eurovision should be… Read more »

David
David
8 days ago
Reply to  Bo Jorgensen

I doubt very much that it “suits her that Scotland is part of the UK” under any circumstances! Do you realise that it’s called the “eurovision song contest” for a reason? It’s for countries that are part of Europe! And since England decided they were better than everyone else and made an absolute mess of “brexit” while Scotland overwhelmingly voted to stay in Europe I think your comment is nonsensical! Mupet!

Liam Lindsay
Liam Lindsay
11 days ago

My stance on the UK’s hosting of the contest aside, why is Glasgow the fave to host next year? Given the indyref2 announcements and all that, wouldn’t that stop any potential Scotland host city from achieving host city candidacy and winning the bid to become the host city next year? I would say either Liverpool, Manchester or Newcastle will be the overall host for a variety of reasons, however I do feel like Manchester is the most likely given they do have the new BBC digs at Salford now in Media City, the do have a albeit small airport that… Read more »

Dndndndjd
Dndndndjd
11 days ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

I’m pretty sure indyref2 is happening in October 2023 so they would still be in the UK in may

Dolly
Dolly
11 days ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

100% behind you , if Glasgow get it then no independence vote for another 20years .

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
11 days ago
Reply to  Dolly

Dolly, if you’d give me a proposal ring right now and marry me, do you think it would be impossible for me to give back the ring and break up?

Sam
Sam
11 days ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

The vote wouldn’t be until October 2023 so Scotland would still be a part of the UK, and the Hydro is right next to the BBC Scotland offices I believe.

Manchester has one of the biggest airports in the country, and one of the biggest arenas so there’s no doubt it could host it.

Liam Lindsay
Liam Lindsay
11 days ago
Reply to  Sam

I always thought Manchester Airport was smaller than that, as the Top 5 airports in the UK have been: Heathrow, Gatwick, EMA, Birmingham and London Luton or have I really missed something here?

Sam
Sam
11 days ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

Pre-covid Manchester was the third biggest airport in terms of numbers behind heathrow and gatwick, Stanstead is just a bit below it and Luton has about half the passengers, so EMA and Birmingham are way down after that.

Liam Lindsay
Liam Lindsay
11 days ago
Reply to  Sam

Additional to my other point: regardless to the whether the vote happens in October 2023 or tomorrow, the fact that their is a vote on the indyref2 proceedings in some time and place would be a deterrent to the EBU, UA:PBC and the BBC from choosing any Scottish host city as the final option.

Sam
Sam
11 days ago
Reply to  Liam Lindsay

Its no deterrent, it doesn’t affect planning, and it shouldn’t affect Scottish candidacy. Catalonia voted for independence in their referendum in like 2015, are we saying if eurovision went to Spain that Barcelona should be banned from hosting?

The question should be which place provides the best package for Eurovision, not which place is most nationalistic towards the host nation.

Dolly
Dolly
11 days ago

Blackpool for me

Paul
Paul
11 days ago

So many of these places listed are such a lol

Jake
Jake
11 days ago

It would be nice if they chose a city with a nice population of Ukrainians living there.

Hello hi
Hello hi
11 days ago

If the others that currently have a chance

Cardiff – doesn’t have a suitable arena . It has a football stadium with a roof that is too big
Edinburgh doesn’t have a suitable indoor arena
Belfast – there is no demand to host it

Hello hi
Hello hi
11 days ago

Bristol if they can deliver on the venue and then Manchester for logistical reasons and venue . I would like London O2. However it sometimes works best in a smaller city and the event ends up being part of the city

Kosey
Kosey
11 days ago

Manchester would be a reasonable compromise for me. It has international recognition and allows people from all across the UK to join in given its central location.

If it is to be Manchester, there will be a reflective poignancy given what happened 6 years prior (almost to the day).

sam
sam
12 days ago

cardiff, liverpool, or glasgow. anything but london

esc_fl
esc_fl
12 days ago

Glasgow, Cardiff, and Manchester are my top picks!

Mr X
Mr X
12 days ago

I´m sharing the mayority in this poll…. My favourite is Glasgow

MonsieurMüller
MonsieurMüller
11 days ago
Reply to  Mr X

Hey, why are you downvoting him. It’s his preference! Wouldn’t you like to be downvoted if you say, “I like women” or “I like men”?

Mr X
Mr X
10 days ago

I´m afraid that you are me misunderstand…… Who I like to downvote ?

Shwmae
Shwmae
12 days ago

Cardiff ticks all of the boxes. It is a capital city, has an established airport 20 mins from the city centre, a thread of the BBC is right in the heart of the city beside the Principality Stadium. Plenty of accommodation too.

Cardiff Bay and Docklands could work as a Euro Village…

The Land of Song, Choirs and Lucy Jones 🙂

Hello hi
Hello hi
11 days ago
Reply to  Shwmae

It’s a regional capital city , not an international capital .
The airport is far from established. It runs about one flight every 40mins
And the stadium is oversized and not suitable for Eurovision

Paul
Paul
11 days ago
Reply to  Hello hi

What’s an international capital city??

Liam Lindsay
Liam Lindsay
11 days ago
Reply to  Paul

I believe they meant regional capital city.

Hello hi
Hello hi
11 days ago
Reply to  Paul

It’s the capital of a sovereign state Eg London UK , Paris France etc

Dndndndjd
Dndndndjd
11 days ago
Reply to  Hello hi

I think maybe next year is the year to host Eurovision in an “oversized” stadium because hopefully it will be the first Eurovision without protective measures and over 70k can fit in it, that would open up the event to so much more people and even possibly lower the cost of tickets

Hector
Hector
11 days ago
Reply to  Dndndndjd

That sounds cool but at the same time, some limit should be set as well. If you look back into Copenhagen 2001, at the Parken Stadion, there were about 38000 people and the crowd noise was sometimes so loud you couldn’t even hear the presenters.
Plus, with those numbers some people wouldn’t even be able to see sh*t on stage. I know screens can be put for that but still

Sam
Sam
11 days ago
Reply to  Hello hi

Wales is a country, therefore Cardiff is a capital city – Manchester would be a regional capital. The UK is a country of countries and each country in the Union has its own capital.

Youre right about Cardiff Airport, I had a friend try to come up to Scotland and finding a flight is like there’s one on the first full moon of the month. But it has to be a blood moon, and there has to be an eclipse at the same time, and a sacrifice made.

Hello hi
Hello hi
11 days ago
Reply to  Sam

Wales is no more a country than Catalonia, Flanders, Bavaria etc.

Sam
Sam
11 days ago
Reply to  Hello hi

Wales is literally referred to as a country. The UK is a country of countries, Wales is it’s own country. That’s not an opinion it’s a literal fact.

Sam
Sam
11 days ago
Reply to  Shwmae

A friend in Cardiff told me the city couldn’t cope with an Ed Sheeran concert, how do we expect it to deal with Eurovision?

Jan
Jan
12 days ago

Manchester!

Pancake
Pancake
12 days ago

I known a lot of people are saying Glasgow because of the movie but I really think it should be held in Manchester because, aside from the city’s rich musical history, it has the largest arena in the UK and I really think the BBC and AU:PBC could use that to their advantage of being a Ukrainian -flavored party to Eurovision.

Euroboitoy
Euroboitoy
12 days ago
Reply to  Pancake

Manchester gets to give out the votes, let the love go somewhere else!

Euroboitoy
Euroboitoy
12 days ago

Glasgow, because the movie predicted the Hydro with foreign hosts in Scotland!

HEH22
HEH22
12 days ago

Can we give this opportunity to any city other than London please? Yes it’s the largest and most convenient city but I want more diversity. I’m bored of London being the main drag. Give us something new and exciting!
I am all for going north!!!

Madhat
Madhat
12 days ago
Reply to  HEH22

I think if any country can think outside the box and give us a non-obvious choice for host city is the UK. Who ever though Harrogate, a town known for hosting tea parties, could host ESC?