Photo: Corinne Cumming / EBU

Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet revealed on Thursday the list of requirements for potential Eurovision 2024 host cities. Meeting these demands are essential for cities that want to organise next year’s contest following the historic victory for Sweden’s Loreen in Liverpool in May.

The date for the Grand Final will be either 11 May or 18 May 2024 but a decision hasn’t been made yet. That’s according to SVT’s executive producer for Eurovision 2024, Ebba Adielsson. For now we know the following cities are bidding to host next year’s contest: Stockholm, Gothenburg, Malmö and Örnsköldsvik. The first three have all hosted Eurovision Song Contests before and Örnsköldsvik has been a regular on the Melfest tour in recent years.

Here are some of the requirements. Whichever city is chosen needs to have at least 3,500 hotel rooms available. It also needs a press centre with room for 1,200 people, which is a bump from the 500 people accredited since 2021. The city needs a space with room for a 200- to 300-metre turquoise carpet for the opening ceremony and a venue for the official Euroclub. To avoid the exorbitant rise in hotel prices that Liverpool saw this year, the demand is that prices are fixed for a two-week period leading up to the contest. 

The city would also have to extend the right to serve alcohol to at least 3 AM if that isn’t allowed beforehand. And the city will have to bear the costs of all the arrangements surrounding the event, excluding the production of Eurovision itself, which SVT will pay for.

SVT’s head of press, Camilla Hagert, told Aftonbladet that they hope to be able to reveal the host city in the beginning of July this year.

 

Which city are you hoping will host Eurovision 2024? And what would you like a host city to focus on for the travelling fans? Let us know in the comments below.

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vetrina
vetrina
8 months ago

Stockholm is the big favourite to host, but practiacly, only Malmö ticks all the boxes! ‘Tele2 Arena’ and ‘Friends Arena’ are too big for the event (plus local sporting clubs don’t want to get displaced), ‘Globen’ will be closed for renovation, and Göteborg’s ‘Scandinavium’ has a low ceiling.

Evan
Evan
8 months ago
Reply to  vetrina

“Too big for the event” Eurovision in Denmark in 2001 had 38,000 attend. Imagine how many people would go now if capacity allows for that many or more, especially in Sweden.

Sweden has very few options with renovations and other events going on, so the temporary arena would definitely help.

vetrina
vetrina
7 months ago
Reply to  Evan

2001 was 22 years before! By then many things have changed regarding the Contest. Also, I don’t think the EBU would risk on a temporary venue, that would also be a complete waste of money because Stockholm has so many venues, that just don’t fit for this contest, for that period of time.

Denis
Denis
7 months ago
Reply to  vetrina

But Friends Arena will not have full capacity. With the stage you lose around 30% of the seating. Plus you need a green room

James
James
8 months ago

Taylor Swift just announced that her “The Eras Tour” will be coming to Stockholm’s Friends Arena 17.5.2024 so it looks like the whole city is out of question as of now. Tele2 might have to share their arena already with the football team that uses Friends Arena.

Purple Mask
Purple Mask
8 months ago

I know nothing about Sweden. So the best comment I can make is: Good luck. 🙂

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
8 months ago
Reply to  Purple Mask

we know everything about generic Sweden, lmao

the most elitist country in the world, every swedish person is super rich

their native language is English

their most successful artists are ABBA, Loreen, Britney Spears, Ingrosso Mobsters, David Guetta

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
8 months ago

imagine wanting to host eurovision aka a dead contest

Sweden shouldn’t have won this year end of, but yet again the fans voted for lifeless fastfood trash ugh

Mailis
Mailis
8 months ago

I really hope it’s Gothenburg, I have friends who live there,so maybe I can score some tickets. But I missed ???????????CHACHACHA,damnit…..

Azuro
Azuro
8 months ago

Sigh, so the annual tradition of fans screaming “We want Eurovision somewhere obscure rather than the country’s flagship city” begins.

Rambo Amadeus
Rambo Amadeus
8 months ago
Reply to  Azuro

There’s nothing obscure at all about places like Rotterdam, Torino or Liverpool, your comment makes zero sense.

Devito
Devito
8 months ago
Reply to  Azuro

Some people simply want variety. While it would be fine for Poland to host in Warsaw, Slovenia to host in Ljubjana, or Romania to host in Bucharest, we’ve already seen Stockholm hosting Eurovision. For the same reason, I’d like it to be Porto/Bragança and not Lisbon in case Portugal wins again, Tartu/Parnu and not Tallinn in case Estonia wins again, or Lviv/Odesa and not Kyiv in case Ukraine wins again.

Denis
Denis
8 months ago
Reply to  Devito

But Sweden is not UK or Germany. Our cities are not that big. I mean I would love for towns like Jönköping or Halmstad to host but they simply are not capable enough. If we had population like UK or Italy then we probably could have other cities..

Devito
Devito
8 months ago
Reply to  Denis

The Eurovision Song Contest is more or less a TV show, as it has always been. Historic data proves that you can still manage to deliver a decent show in a small venue. To some extent, it’s even an advantage. The real question here, though, is hotel capacity, as we usually have venues with a capacity of 8K to 16K seats allocated. During this millennium, only Athens, Baku, Copenhagen, Düsseldorf, Lisbon, and Moscow chose venues with a capacity over 20K. Plus, need I tell you, since 2000, Sweden has hosted Eurovision three times already, with its fourth hosting on the… Read more »

Denis
Denis
8 months ago
Reply to  Devito

Well problem is we do not have big arenas outside the major cities. They have to follow EBU criteria. It needs to be big to have room
And there is also other issues. Like hotel rooms. Or getting to the host city. And getting to the arena from the hotels. Now anything outside the three major cities would be difficult since they either lack airports or have small airports. Unless they all should travel by train or bus

Geston
Geston
8 months ago

Apparently those football clubs don’t want to give out Friends Arena or Tele2 Arena in Stockholm so who knows where we go, I think they said same things in 2016 and 2013 too. And back then we went to Malmö and 2016 to Globen, which isn’t an option this year.. so Malmö or Gothenburg are most likely to happen.

Denis
Denis
8 months ago
Reply to  Geston

Problem with Göteborg is that the arena in not suitable for ESC. It needs a new roof. But they said they can fix it so who knows?

Europhile
Europhile
8 months ago

Hopefully Stockholm gets it in the Friends Arena. As for shortening the length of the show, I totally agree! I’ve been watching Eurovision every year since 1993 and to see it grow to the mammoth 4 hours and 15 minutes that it was this year is just too much. 3 hours is perfect: No need for the flag parade, that’s what the postcards are for, recap the songs twice, get last year’s winner to perform the interval act and start the voting. Also, all announcers should drop the whole “Thank you for a wonderful show, now let me take up… Read more »

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
8 months ago

Really hope it’s a new town or city we haven’t seen for some time or at least not Stockholm. Give us at least Gothenburg! Go Go Gothenburg!

Jens
Jens
8 months ago

The only city that can host this huge event is Stockholm. A very beautiful and safe city with the strength of great hotels, bars/clubs and transport and the national Friends Arena.

TwitterCircus
8 months ago
Reply to  Jens

Anywere else but Twitter Stockholm

Devito
Devito
8 months ago
Reply to  Jens

Speaking of safety, in 2023, Stockholm was ranked as the 8th most dangerous city in Europe. Source: https://theboutiqueadventurer.com/most-dangerous-cities-in-europe/

Richardinho
Richardinho
7 months ago
Reply to  Devito

it’s below Amsterdam, London, and Paris, so I guess we can’t host Eurovision in those cities either?

Frisian esc
Frisian esc
8 months ago

The biggest thing mentioned in the article is that svt aims to shorten the grand finale by one full hour. That sounds like a disaster to me.. That news alone kinda deserves it’s own post.

Denis
Denis
8 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

I think it is great. I mean 4 hours of ESC, is it needed? Even the most patient fan would struggle.. Endless interval acts and three, yes, three voting re -caps. Is it needed?
Just have one major interval act, one voting re- cap and then the voting. The rest is just fillers

Jo.
Jo.
8 months ago
Reply to  Denis

not to mention the “cringe jokes moment”. maybe 1 h is too much, but at least 30 min they can easily cut out

Fredrik
Fredrik
8 months ago
Reply to  Denis

In a time of streaming. With people watching 3-6 episodes of a show. With each episode being 45 min – 1 hour long… a 4 hour long ESC final once a year is no problem

Denis
Denis
8 months ago
Reply to  Fredrik

Not if most of it are fillers? it really need to be that long? I mean by the end of winning performance it was way past 4 h 30 min. Do we need 5 interval acts? Or three re- caps? Just cut straight to the most important stuff which is the voting

MTD
MTD
8 months ago
Reply to  Denis

Denis, it’s just really unfun to see you defending anything Sweden/SVT do or wanna do. Like, get out of your bubble, jeeeeeeeeeez!

Bruce
Bruce
8 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Wow, we have no host city or anything and they’re ALREADY demanding to change things?

Denis
Denis
8 months ago
Reply to  Bruce

They are not demanding, they are preposing to make it shorter than 4h 30 minutes. The reference group makes the final decision

Fredrik
Fredrik
8 months ago
Reply to  Denis

I repeat. This is one evening, one time a year… you survive.

Anna
Anna
8 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

That would be a dream, i fell asleep during this years show, it is too long!

Kim
Kim
8 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

I would much rather see an hour shaved off the final with maybe less songs – 26 is far too many and in general the first handful of songs always suffer in the televote. 20 songs would be ideal in my opinion. Less songs would hopefully see the producers not kill a song’s chance in winning eg Austria this year, Malta in 2021. Both of these had every country televote for them but struggled due to running order in the grand final.

Kim
Kim
8 months ago
Reply to  Kim

*every country on their respective SF

Kim
Kim
8 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Another idea would be to have regional qualifiers based on the pots. 5/6 SFs over a course of a long weekend about 6 weeks prior to the Grand Final. 2 or 3 from each pot could go through and then we can see how TV stations who’ve not held Eurovision would put on a show.

Devito
Devito
8 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

That’s one thing that’s actually good. We really don’t need that many filler interval acts or so many recaps. Interval acts bring no additional value to Eurovision, as these are usually American stars coming to the stage. One, which is last year’s winner’s performance, is more than enough. As for recaps, let’s be honest: those who vote already know who they’re going to vote for. There’s no need to repeat the numbers over and over again.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
8 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

That being said, many people will be jumping for joy (not me) because they think there’s too much wasted time on the hosts and not on the songs.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
8 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

yes cut down on those irrelevant too many interval act nonsense things

we only need the participants songs, nothing else to make a show

Fredrik
Fredrik
8 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Utter nonsense above from you all. It is one night a year.. you survive

Denis
Denis
8 months ago
Reply to  Fredrik

Well yes but even so it is patience trying. I was not the only one falling asleep few times. To much irrelevant stuff going on. And do they need three voting re caps? That is waste of time! I rather they go straight to the point and announce votes than another singer with no relevanse to the contest

Jack
Jack
8 months ago

I have a feeling it could be Gothenburg this year.

Luke
Luke
8 months ago

How will they fix the hotel prices in a free economy? I’m just curious what charges a municipality can press on a hotel that can set their own prices anyway, that refuses to do so.

ANDREW BROWN
ANDREW BROWN
8 months ago

I hope Petra Meade hosts

Ibravic
Ibravic
8 months ago

Kinda hoping we won’t go to Stockholm next year, constant shootings even during daytime makes it just nerve wrecking place, last week a 15-year-old was shot dead while one 45-year-old man and 65-year-old woman were left wounded. Awful news.

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
8 months ago
Reply to  Ibravic

Man i am completely anti Sweden at Eurovision but your reason IS just stupid.

NeonSunset
NeonSunset
8 months ago
Reply to  Jonkonfui

i mean, let’s hope we don’t go to Liverpool in 2023, then – oh wait.. https://www.sthelensstar.co.uk/news/23142585.figures-show-knife-gun-crime-increase-merseyside/

BiCHOTA
BiCHOTA
8 months ago
Reply to  Ibravic

Do you have a link to check the news? I can’t find it anywhere

Ibravic
Ibravic
8 months ago
Reply to  BiCHOTA

Yes, here’s pretty good info (bottom) about total shootings from last year as well as from this year:

https://www.dw.com/en/sweden-teenager-killed-three-injured-in-shooting/a-65882243

Jack
Jack
8 months ago
Reply to  Ibravic

Shootings happen everywhere in Sweden, not just Stockholm. Malmo has a high crime rate too. I actually think Sweden is a very safe country for visitors especially in the city centres, they just have some issues with gang related crime etc that mainly happens in certain areas on the suburbs but it shouldn’t put anyone off from going there.

Denis
Denis
8 months ago
Reply to  Ibravic

Kyiv 2017 actually had more real problems yet no was afraid to go there. Tel Aviv 2019 was not calm either..

Jo.
Jo.
8 months ago

and i will secretly root for ÖRNSKÖLDSVIK

ThePointsMan
ThePointsMan
8 months ago
Reply to  Jo.

Me too!

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
8 months ago

I have been puking since May just thinking that Eurovision Will be held in Sweden. As usual they Will make changes, they Will reshape Eurovision, they Will make the actual Festival shorter so that they have more time to brainwash the audience into believing that Abba was the BEST thing that happened to humanity after the “invention” of fire.

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
8 months ago
Reply to  Jonkonfui

I think i am gonna make a Portugal Next year and Skip Eurovisión.

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
8 months ago
Reply to  Jonkonfui

3 people downvoting me on a Friday night means 3 gays not f..ING on a Friday.

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
8 months ago
Reply to  Jonkonfui

26 and counting.

Fredrik
Fredrik
8 months ago
Reply to  Jonkonfui

You must be fun to party with…

XOOOD
XOOOD
8 months ago
Reply to  Jonkonfui

Your xenophobia is showing! Get a life.

Fredrik
Fredrik
8 months ago

Sweden will host yet another amazing edition of the contest

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
8 months ago
Reply to  Fredrik

I think i prefer to have my sexy/gender/ whatever you call It reassigned with a chainsaw than to watch a Eurovision held in Sweden.

Fredrik
Fredrik
8 months ago
Reply to  Jonkonfui

I did not ask you.. but good luck with the chainsaw I guess

Jonkonfui
Jonkonfui
8 months ago
Reply to  Fredrik

And I did not ask you about my sex reassignment either.

Fredrik
Fredrik
8 months ago
Reply to  Jonkonfui

You did..

Thanos
Thanos
8 months ago

The fixed hotel prices are a great measure so that over-the-top profiteering is avoided. Also the fact that the press room will be of bigger capacity now might mean that SVT aims at including fans more to the buildup of the contest than what was experienced from 2021 up until 2023 (let’s see if that will be the case).

Edwin
Edwin
8 months ago

Stockholm ?

Andy
Andy
8 months ago

“Örnsköldsvik” is coming

Denis
Denis
8 months ago

So the same demands as every year then?
Not sure why it needs to be secret then. But OK ..

XOOOOD
XOOOOD
8 months ago

that’s a weird title, but clickbaity nonetheless. as for the rules they’re literary the same except for the fixed hotel prices.