As the wait to learn the Eurovision 2023 host city enters its final hours, the Eurofandom is busy reading the tea leaves and scouring the Internet for clues.
On Friday morning, Twitter user MatthewwJoyce shared an image of Olly Murs’ 2023 U.K. tour dates, which have just been published. They show he’ll be in Glasgow on 21 April and Liverpool on 6 May.
The assumption, that Eurovision will be held in May as usual, seems to indicate to many that Glasgow has secured the gig. The EBU requires that the host venue be free for six weeks before the show to allow for the installation and construction of the stage and its surroundings.
Ok I think I’ve solved where is going to host #Eurovision next year.— Matthew Joyce | Podcast Is Coming Soon ? (@MatthewwJoyce) October 7, 2022
It’s going to be #Glasgow, because:
Olly Murs just announced a tour date for Liverpool on 6th May. That wouldn’t be enough time to get the Arena ready for #Eurovision.
That’s just a dead giveaway to me pic.twitter.com/i7IVzgrap2
Of course, this could mean nothing. Glasgow’s date doesn’t fall within that six-week window either, even if it definitely has more of a cushion.
Concerts are cancelled all the time after the Eurovision dates are revealed and the venue chosen. Little Monsters in the Netherlands will remember that Lady Gaga was meant to perform the night of the grand final in Rotterdam and had to reschedule.
And maybe Eurovision will be held much later this year, given that the BBC didn’t have the full year to plan (owing to the war in Ukraine).
?? Just spotted @ollymurs rehearsing ahead of a performance on @BBCTheOneShow.— William Lee Adams (@willyleeadams) October 7, 2022
? As #Eurovision fans know, he’s got concerts scheduled in both #Eurovision2023 host city finalists next April and May. pic.twitter.com/QwYw7kFn1i
Curiously, the M&S Bank Arena — Liverpool’s proposed venue — has also been hyping the Olly Murs tour date. Some fans have suggested that that’s a case of sour grapes to do so on the day the host city is revealed. This, of course, assumes that they’ve already been told whether they’re hosting or not.
But it’s also possible that they remain in the dark like the rest of us and are proceeding, like good business people, as normal. Perhaps they secretly hope the Eurovision news will force them to reschedule soon enough.
Still others have amusingly suggested that Olly may be the interval act or host of Eurovision in a grand final set for May 6 in Liverpool. We’ll see soon enough.
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?? JUST ANNOUNCED!@ollymurs is back! Olly has announced a brand new UK tour coming to Liverpool in May 2023 with very special guests Scouting For Girls.— M&S Bank Arena Liverpool (@MandSBankArena) October 7, 2022
Tickets go on sale Friday 14 October at 9am?https://t.co/EMZK7izlvT pic.twitter.com/aUgLptW0UK
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