The competition is heating up in the UK as Liverpool has submitted the final version of its bid to host Eurovision 2023 next May.
The Merseyside city, which the BBC announced in August as a shortlisted candidate to host next year’s song contest, is now one step closer to landing the gig as a host city decision looms.
Liverpool launches Eurovision 2023 campaign
Liverpool City Council shared their campaign video on Twitter.
Diving deep into the scouse culture of music, compassion and social justice, the new campaign video highlights the city as a place of sanctuary that “embraces the different” and finds refuge for those who need it the most.
Elsewhere, we’re taken on a whistle-stop tour of some iconic Liverpudlian landmarks, such as Mathew Street, the Royal Liver Building, and the dockyards.
The voiceover adds: “Eurovision 2023 could be extraordinary. It has a chance to be something more than it has ever been before. The host city must recognise that privilege and do it justice.”
The @eurovision bid is in and it’s nearly decision time. We'll soon discover if #Liverpool has been chosen to host #Eurovision2023 in solidarity with #Ukraine.— Liverpool City Council (@lpoolcouncil) September 22, 2022
Regardless of the outcome we are honoured that the entire city region and beyond have supported our bid. pic.twitter.com/7n2nf5CxjE
Harry Doyle, Assistant Mayor of Liverpool and Cabinet Member for Culture and Visitor Economy, said: “It’s just got to be Liverpool!”
He added: “This is Liverpool, a city of sanctuary, of love, of culture and of music.”
It’s just got to be Liverpool!— Harry Doyle ????? (@harrydoyle96) September 22, 2022
As the @bbceurovision & @EBU_HQ are deliberating, tell them you’ve made your mind up by sharing our campaign. Liverpool is the place to be.
This is Liverpool, a city of sanctuary, of love, of culture and of music. #Imagine #Eurovision2023 https://t.co/fQYoTxzzuz
In August, the BBC announced Liverpool as one of seven cities on the bidding shortlist to host Eurovision 2023.
View this post on Instagram
As the only UNESCO City of Music in England, Liverpool has been commended for its contributions to the musical arts. Liverpool homes a wealth of concert halls and music venues, encompassing genres and styles from around the world. The city’s annual Africa Oyé festival in the largest celebration of African music in the country, attracting over 50,000 people to Liverpool’s Sefton Park every June. Elsewhere, the city is the stomping grounds of many British music greats, including Cilla Black, Atomic Kitten, The Wombats, Elvis Costello, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Coral, and Melanie C of The Spice Girls.
The shortlist also includes Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield.
A decision on the Eurovision 2023 host city is expected sometime in Autumn.
What do you think? Could Liverpool host Eurovision 2023? Share your thoughts in the comments below.