More than twenty cities applied, seven made the BBC’s shortlist, and two advanced to the final showdown. But in the end it’s Liverpool that will host the Eurovision Song Contest 2023. All shows will unfold inside of the M&S Bank Arena.
Graham Norton, the BBC’s long-serving Eurovision commentator, made the announcement on Friday evening during an appearance on The One Show.
Semi-Final 1: 9 May 2023
Semi-Final 2: 11 May 2023
Grand Final: 13 May 2023
For audiences in the UK, and for the first time, the two Semi-Finals on Tuesday May 9 and Thursday May 11 and the Grand Final will all be broadcast live on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.
Liverpool is Eurovision 2023 host city
The BBC’s Director General, Tim Davie, said:
“Congratulations to Liverpool. They will be an amazing host for the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest. Liverpool is such an exciting, warm and vibrant city. It’s the undisputed capital of pop music and is celebrating the 65th anniversary of its twinning with the Ukrainian city of Odesa. I know the people of Liverpool will welcome Europe – and the rest of the world – with open arms, and in partnership we will create something truly special.”
Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor Martin Österdahl said:
“Liverpool is the ideal place to host the 67th Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Ukraine.”
“The city is synonymous with music and Liverpool Arena exceeds all the requirements needed to stage a global event of this scale. We have been very impressed with the passion the city has shown in embracing the Contest and their inclusive ideas for placing last year’s winners, Ukraine, front and centre when thousands of fans visit next May.”
“This will be the first Eurovision Song Contest to be held in the UK in 25 years and, as we work with our Host Broadcaster, the BBC, to celebrate Ukraine’s victory, this unique production promises to be a very special one indeed.”
Kate Phillips, BBC’s Director Unscripted Content says: “We are delighted to be working with Liverpool to host the Eurovision Song Contest next year, on behalf of Ukraine. Liverpool, and the BBC, will do everything to ensure that this special occasion, fully reflects Ukrainian culture, music and communities. We will absolutely get this right. I’m also thrilled that both Semi-Finals and the Grand Final will be shown to UK audiences live on BBC One.”
Phil Harrold, chair of the BBC’s Host City Selection Committee says: “We had incredible bids from across the UK. To win under such tough competition shows just how strong Liverpool’s bid is. I want to thank all the cities that bid to host the Song Contest, on behalf of Ukraine. While there could only be one host, the quality of the bids shows just how much the UK has to offer.
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It gave the world The Beatles and now Liverpool is ready to welcome the world for Eurovision 2023.
Its M&S Bank Arena has a capacity of 11,000 and sits on the gorgeous River Mersey — providing a bit of calm for stressed out artists and their delegations. The venue is close to the city’s healthy stock of hotels and a large conference centre, which means all the amenities — from transport to restaurants — are within walking distance.
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
The most iconic quartet in British history — John, Paul, George and Ringo — hails from Liverpool, something the city nodded to in its beautiful Eurovision bid video above. The group formed in city in the 1960s, playing gigs at the famous Cavern Club on Mathew Street and various small venues across what was then part of Lancashire. The Liverpool lads went on to score 17 number one singles and 15 number one albums in the UK, plus 20 number one Billboard Hot 100 singles in the USA.
Of course, the music scene is very varied. As the only UNESCO City of Music in England, Liverpool has been commended for its contributions to the musical arts. The city’s annual Africa Oyé festival is the largest celebration of African music in the country, attracting over 50,000 people to Liverpool’s Sefton Park every June. Elsewhere, the city has helped nourish countless other British music greats, including Cilla Black, Atomic Kitten, The Wombats, Elvis Costello, Echo & The Bunnymen, The Coral, and Melanie C of The Spice Girls.
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