Late on Tuesday afternoon, Taylor Swift revealed new international dates for The Eras Tour. As eagle-eyed Eurovision fans noticed, she’ll be making a stop in Stockholm’s Friends Arena on Friday May 17th. 

Friends, which has hosted the Melodifestivalen final since 2013, is an incredible space. It can host up to 65,000 people for concerts. And it’s no surprise that it’s been a huge fan favourite to host Eurovision 2024. But Taylor’s concert seems to put the kibosh on that. Host broadcasters typically want the venue for four to six weeks before the event (for set up) and for a week afterwards to de-construct the space. 

 
 
 
 
 
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So if not Friends, then where?

Well, Swedish newspaper Dagens Nyheter has obtained Stockholm’s host city bid. According to DN the city plans to build a temporary arena in Frihamnen, a cruise port, with room for 14,700 people. Frihamnen is located in central Stockholm and is also very close to SVT´s headquarter.

The idea is that Frihamnen will be the centerpiece of the entire arrangement and the arena will be retained for some time afterwards for other events.

Both Visit Sweden and the Stockholm Chamber of Commerce are said to be supportive of the bid. 

The Swedish news article points out what many host cities have learned in recent years: The demands of Eurovision — and the required load-in time — make it difficult to find a venue that is available. 

“Stockholm seeks to raise ambitions by showing a sustainable and flexible concept — a mobile arena.”

Do you like the idea of a temporary venue in Stockholm? Would you prefer to be in Malmö? Let us know down below

 

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Hugin
Hugin
7 months ago
Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
7 months ago

Wiwibloggs should contact Netta and ask her for prediction XD

Nuri
Nuri
7 months ago

Out of all countries, you’d think everything would go smoothly with the country that has a massive tour as a selection and wins so often.

TJCat
TJCat
7 months ago

Given the issues and requirements to have a strong roof structure to hold rigging and stage elements I would imagine a temporary arena would need some hefty structural work to comply with this.
I could imagine a temporary Abba Voyage show being hosted in such a venue post ESC

Vinzi
Vinzi
7 months ago
Reply to  TJCat

ABBA Voyage Show cost 168€ (140£ /175$) million and third of that went to build the venue, and that venue having around 3k capacity means we’d need three times larger one and it would have to be built within the next 10 to 11 months, while ABBA Voyage Show had six years to plan and build. Then we’d need press centre too, so the costs would be massive!

Source on the the ABBA Voyage Show budget: https://www.economist.com/culture/2022/05/27/abba-and-the-rise-of-the-work-from-home-rock-star

ESCFanGA
ESCFanGA
7 months ago

I will be furious if Stockholm can’t host just because the football teams and Taylor Swift’s concert organizers are too stubborn to temporarily move out of the stadium.

Jayn
Jayn
7 months ago
Reply to  ESCFanGA

Taylor Swift is already doing The Eras Tour, so I think her team booked Friends Arena long ago. Football teams are stubborn like in 2013 and 2015, but we can’t blame all football clubs since in 2011 the football club that plays in Dusseldorf arena said they’d be willing to play elsewhere so that Eurovision can be hosted in Germany, which was very nice of them.

I just don’t know why Swedish footballers seem to hate Eurovision though?

yaremturkiye
yaremturkiye
7 months ago
Reply to  ESCFanGA

wah

Alfie28
Alfie28
7 months ago

Welp, Stockholm’s out

BiCHOTA
BiCHOTA
7 months ago

Tampere would’ve been a great host (and I think it’ll be so eventually), but EBU preferred Sweden to win so they could possibly host ESC in a tent wtf

BiCHOTA
BiCHOTA
7 months ago
Reply to  BiCHOTA

But if Sweden’s ultimately doing that, at least give Gothenburg the chance to host smh

Bejba
Bejba
7 months ago
Reply to  BiCHOTA

Thanks Captain Ovious . We know this already , Sweden is known to bribe and rig things their way. Especially when they basically own the contest now. The Swedish Lovers EBU will always pick this country over the rest because of favoritism and bribery/blackmailing.

Fredrik
Fredrik
7 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

Ridiculous claim… the hurt attitude needs to stop

someone828e
someone828e
7 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

bribe??? its been more than a month calm down.

yaremturkiye
yaremturkiye
7 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

“OVIOUS” do you mean Obvious…oh dear, for someone who tried to “educate” another, it looks like you should have stayed in school

vetrina
vetrina
8 months ago

I see Malmö hosting…

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
7 months ago
Reply to  vetrina

i will not see, as i’m not gonna watch this contest anymore, until it finally changes back to the glory days with the own language rule

Jean-Paul
7 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Get a life, won’t you. Zuurpruim.

Anna
Anna
7 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Bye, you will not be missed! 😀

yaremturkiye
yaremturkiye
7 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

this isn’t an airport, there is no need to announce your departure

Sandra
Sandra
8 months ago

Using an existing venue is far more sustainable than building a new one…

Thallo
Thallo
8 months ago

The Tele2 arena in Stockholm has a retractable roof, it’s the second-biggest stadium in Sweden. It’s probably the most realistic choice.

Max
Max
8 months ago

Düsseldorf’s edition was held in a football stadium with a temproary roof and it looked amazing (and the tickets were rather cheap). Aren’t there any stadiums close-by?

Jack
Jack
8 months ago

I honestly don’t think this is a bad idea to make a temporary arena. Denmark did something similar in 2014 and that had one of the best stages/ productions ever. I love friends arena but at least Frihamnen is in central Stockholm so you would be closer to more hotels, bars and restaurants etc all within walking distance. The euro village could be close to it too. I think Sweden know what they are doing and they will put on a great show wherever it is held.

Coy
Coy
8 months ago
Reply to  Jack

The difference is that B&W Hallerne was an actual industrial building that just needed renovations such as pillars away from blocking the view and so on, and due to EU directives those had to be taken away, after the contest since it was a privately owned property. In short: Public funds aren’t allowed to be used on privately owned facilities.

Main concern around this years idea is, that we have nothing, first they’d have to clear out the area and then build everything. This would cost a lot, since we’d need that press centre too.

Erik
Erik
8 months ago

Don’t forget the broadcaster SVT needs to cut on expenses for next year. So they need to have a smaller budget. That is also why they speak of Stockholm. Because it’s closer to the SVT staff, most sound and lighting engineers etc

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
8 months ago
Reply to  Erik

That would make sense. Saves money on travel and hotel expenses when you can just do it in your home city.

Hugin
Hugin
8 months ago
Reply to  Erik

SVT has large regional offices in Göteborg and Malmö.

Oy oy
Oy oy
8 months ago

I’m rooting for Örnsköldsvik with 33 000 inhabitants! 🙂

MTD
MTD
8 months ago
Reply to  Oy oy

Me too.

Göteborg2023
Göteborg2023
7 months ago
Reply to  Oy oy

Are you serious? Where do you think fans can stay? Taxi’s? Flight tickets?

Worst scenario ever!!

It’s not 1993 and Millstreet anymore.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
8 months ago

Go go Gothenburg! Or…at least a place we haven’t been to!

MTD
MTD
8 months ago

EBU: Lets rig it for Sweden, they are marvelous! *blinks with love eyes

Sweden/Stockholm: Lets hold it in a tent!

Fredrik
Fredrik
7 months ago
Reply to  MTD

Or Sweden just won because Loreen is amazing

RRR
RRR
7 months ago
Reply to  Fredrik

Nice joke.

Vincenzo
Vincenzo
7 months ago
Reply to  Fredrik

Loreen the copy and paste worsely?

Venice
Venice
7 months ago
Reply to  Vincenzo

Worsely? Nice English.

Nikki
Nikki
8 months ago

I’m talking theorically here, but shows like Eurovision and Big Name Artists like TS are talked and preplanned way before the announcement, the talks between TS’s team and the management of the Friends Arena might have been going before Loreen won, so it makes me think two things. 1- There’s internal intel that ESC 2024 is definitely going to be on the 11th of May, and, with TS’s plans in hand, it’s feasible to dismantle ESC’s stage and build TS’s in a week. With her stage plans in hand, it might be even possible to design the ESC 24 in… Read more »

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
8 months ago

Stockholm is only Sweden huh? If they are having trouble finding a venue for eurovision in a timely manner, maybe it’s time to let another city have a chance to host.

Azaad
Azaad
8 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

From what I understand finding a venue in Gothenburg will be tough and the central and local government are unenthusiastic about Malmo because it would allow Copenhagen to free ride off the benefits of ESC hosting while Sweden and Malmo foot the bill for what surrounds the event.

Sandra
Sandra
8 months ago
Reply to  Azaad

Strange argument Rotterdam is relatively close to Belgium, but it didn’t stop the Netherlands to organise Eurovision over there…

Samo
Samo
7 months ago
Reply to  Sandra

Everything in The Netherlands is close to Belgium, it’s not like they had a choice 😀

Jo.
Jo.
8 months ago

It’s Örnskvikvik’s (?) time to shine!!

Arash
Arash
7 months ago
Reply to  Jo.

One problem I see is that it’s far away from an international airport (ESC states that the host city needs to be close to an international airport)

Vinzi
Vinzi
8 months ago

We’re a bit over a month from Sweden’s win and this whole things seems already so messy! I mean no suitable venues, no available venues, third time SVT tries to get Tele2 or Friends Arena and gets turned down?

All of this coming from a country, that is explained to be some sort of prime example of Eurovision?

Denis
Denis
8 months ago
Reply to  Vinzi

Is it the arena or the show that makes the ESC?
If Stockholm do not work there are other cities .

Hugin
Hugin
8 months ago
Reply to  Vinzi

It was SVT who rejected Tele2 Arena in 2016. Because they were afraid it would be impossible to sell 30.000 tickets for each of the semifinals. A half empty arena look very bad on TV.

Devito
Devito
8 months ago
Reply to  Hugin

Then they need to lower their greed. In case you notice during your research that only 1/3 of the seats in the 30K seat venue will be filled at the price of 200€ per seat, you go and research the venue at a lowered price. Of course, if you’re entitled to get 30K seats sold out at 200€ with no deviations, no wonder it’s going to be hard to find that many people ready to pay 200€ per single show + flight tickets + registered baggage + overpriced hotels + food and drinks for a week + outgoings in the… Read more »

Vinzi
Vinzi
8 months ago
Reply to  Hugin

Tele2 Arena actually was SVT’s main choice in 2016.

“SVT announced on 24 May 2015 that Tele2 Arena was their first choice venue for the contest. However, it was not possible to use the venue due to the 4–6 week organisation requirement, which would impact on the pre-scheduled home games of Hammarby Fotboll.”

Damien
Damien
8 months ago
Reply to  Vinzi

Whats messy. .? Eurovision requires 5-7 weeks of reservation to prepare for the event, that area of the temporary venue is great and would make things go smoothly.

PuppetOnAString
8 months ago
Reply to  Vinzi

What are you trying to say with that last sentence? ?

Vinzi
Vinzi
8 months ago

Sweden is often praised on their skills on managing events, such as Eurovision to go smoothly. They were so good that the 2017 contest had some of the previous years team with them, making the contest happen after Jamala’s win. Even the Executive producer (Martin Österdahl) from 2013 and 2016 is currently Executive supervisor of Eurovision. Every year Sweden gets praised on holding a massive national selection Melodifestivalen, so much that it is told to be even bigger than Eurovision. Surely after all that hard work, this type of scrambling on building a tent on a shipyard is a big… Read more »

Deven O'Kearney
Deven O'Kearney
8 months ago
Reply to  Vinzi

I don’t understand the outrage. If we use the Dutch host city bid process for comparison, Amsterdam didn’t even bid to host Eurovision 2020 (and what would inadvertently become Eurovision 2021), Utrecht didn’t really want it, and The Hague didn’t even have a suitable venue. The final two cities left bidding were Rotterdam and Maastricht (and it was down to the wire, if I remember correctly). Maybe it’s a sign of the times because I think we’re moving towards host cities that will really embrace the contest, even if they don’t necessarily have the best infrastructure in the host country… Read more »

Vinzi
Vinzi
8 months ago

Netherland hosting Eurovision in 1980 and then next 2020 (cancelled) to 2021 would mean a gap of 40-41 years, so hosting was bit of a shock of a moment for them.

Sweden’s last hosting is from 2016 and now 2024, which would mean a gap of 8 years. Not forgetting of course that they’ve consistently been considered as a winning candidate and hosting in 1992, 2000 and 2013 recently.

So you’d expect them to be quite well prepared for these situations, right?

Sandra
Sandra
8 months ago

Amsterdam knew in advance there wasn’t a venue available, that’s why they left it to others.

Sandra
Sandra
8 months ago
Reply to  Vinzi

This is not just the case in sweden, the Netherlands couldn’t organise Eurovision in Amsterdam because there wasn’t a venue available, they asked other cities to make aproposal, fair enough

Voilà monsieur
Voilà monsieur
8 months ago

It could still be held in the Friends Arena (if they hold it on the 7th, 9th and 11th May). Afterwards, they could quickly disassemble the stage for TS’s concert a week later.

If not, then the Tele2 Arena. I don’t want to go to dreary Malmö

Matt
Matt
8 months ago

Neither of them are part of Stockholm’s bid

now that i see the light
now that i see the light
8 months ago

Friends Arena 25th of May , problem solved

Alex
Alex
8 months ago

Yes because stage construction and rehearsals are lightning fast!

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7 months ago

you know that setting up the stage takes around one month, right…?

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
8 months ago

Tbh I don’t hate Malmo hosting. It would be so great to see it experiencing glow-up in production compared to 2013.

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
8 months ago

No way EBU would accept building temporary arena over ready arena. Tele 2 can’t be used because football teams can’t lose both Friends and Tele 2. At this point fans better accept that Malmo is going to host ESC 2024.

Denis
Denis
8 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

They accepted it for Copenhagen

Denis
Denis
8 months ago

So choose May 11th. Or another city.
This is a non issue really. Although a temporary arena sounds intruging enough and actually could work

Devito
Devito
8 months ago

You’re making a sensation as if the dates for Eurovision 2024 were confirmed.

Frisian esc
8 months ago
Reply to  Devito

Don’t know what you mean by that. It is a given that eurovision will be held in may like every other year and they’ll need a venue up to 6 weeks before eurovision for preparation.

Devito
Devito
8 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

For all we know publicly, dates for the Eurovision 2024 were not confirmed yet. While Tay’s concert is indeed scheduled for May 17 at Friends Arena, it does not mean the Eurovision could not happen a week before. And while I’m not implying wiwi is unaware of this fact, spreading fans’ hypotheses as per the news is a choice.

Denis
Denis
8 months ago
Reply to  Devito

Unlikely because it needs one week after the contest to de- construct. That would leave one day to rig for Taylor

Jake
Jake
8 months ago

I personally think a 65,000 seat stadium is insane for a televised event like Eurovision. It’s hard enough for people in recent arenas to see what is happening onstage why would you want to see Eurovision artists looking like ants. You won’t be able to fill a venue of that size for 2 semis and all the dress rehearsals. The jury shows will be half empty. Sweden needs to pick a city that will embrace Eurovision like Liverpool did with a total takeover of the city and Stockholm won’t care as much as other cities.

gea
gea
8 months ago
Reply to  Jake

They wouldn’t use that capacity: in 2011 Dusseldorf hosted in a big stadium, but at the end there were between 27.000 and 32.000 in the arena (that can host more people). So, normally they cut the capacity + you add the stage so at the end you lose around 30% of seats in the arena.

Matt
Matt
8 months ago
Reply to  gea

Jury shows in 2011 didn’t have any attendees

Per
Per
8 months ago
Reply to  Jake

I think it would be cool if the small city Örnsköldsvik would be the host city!

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
8 months ago
Reply to  Jake

It’s Malmo then.

Hugin
Hugin
8 months ago

It looks more and and more like we are going to Malmö in 2024. It is the only possibility. Scandinavium in Göteborg is unsuitabel.

dinosaur
dinosaur
8 months ago

Welcome to Malmö!

Lauren MIA
Lauren MIA
8 months ago

Last time I checked it still hasn’t been chosen between 11 and 18 for the final. So why couldn’t it be 11? Or you know, different city.

Aaron
Aaron
8 months ago
Reply to  Lauren MIA

Because they need 1 week after the contest to full de-construct and clear it out and Taylors concert is 6 days after the contest so there would be overlap in taking down the stage etc and setting up for Taylor

Lauren MIA
Lauren MIA
8 months ago
Reply to  Aaron

Then maybe Taylor can perform on the Eurovision stage lol. jk
Like I said – Eurovision can be elsewhere (Malmö? That would be nice)

Mest
Mest
8 months ago

Noooo this is extremely upsetting!!!!!!! Five it to Finland then!

Anna
Anna
8 months ago

Damn it Taylor! Choose Tele2, better sound in there…

Ibravic
Ibravic
8 months ago

Sweden wins for the 7th time and gets a two time winner, 50 years from ABBA’s win and we have to celebrate it on a shipyard where there would be some sort of plastic tent because football clubs won’t move, Taylor Swift performs on the other venue and SVT hates other cities for some reason?

This is Sweden’s 3rd time hosting in 12 years and this is the the masterplan?

Anna
Anna
8 months ago
Reply to  Ibravic

That is typical Swedish politics right there, only Stockholm oriented, nothing else in the country matters

BiCHOTA
BiCHOTA
7 months ago
Reply to  Anna

I didn’t expect Sweden to be that centralized, reminds me of my country in a bad way. Not to mention that Stockholmians are as annoying and woke as chilangos.
Also, why do football teams are that important? I don’t think they fill all of their matches nowadays either

ESC KANAK
8 months ago

Since Malmö in 2013 lost a lot of money due to people staying in Copenhagen and Gothenburgs arena has been shut down many years ago, it was obviously Stockholm to be picked. Given the fact that Aviici Arena will be under construction in 2024, we were looking at Friends Arena or Tele 2. Those decisions are based on arena capacity because we are all sick and tired of Eurovision being held in small exhibition centers and are somewhat glad that a country finally won, whose national selection arena was always bigger than most Eurovision arenas of the past 10 years.… Read more »

NoMoreEscAddicted
NoMoreEscAddicted
8 months ago

An arena in plastic for an event in plastic, let’s go it’s perfect.

ANDREW BROWN
ANDREW BROWN
8 months ago

Life in plastic its fantastic!

Rambo Amadeus
Rambo Amadeus
8 months ago

Just give it to Gothenburg and be done with it.

Ana
Ana
8 months ago

Suggesting to build a temporary arena while you already have plenty of ready to use arenas sounds beyond wild. Events can be moved, it’s much easier than constructing and the deconstructing a 15K capacity building.

Moa
Moa
8 months ago

If they are going to build a temporary arena why can’t they do that in Gothenburg instead ?

Teddy
Teddy
8 months ago

Yeah no, Stockholm hosted Eurovision last time and has hosted twice in the past 25 years. If the two main arenas in Stockholm aren’t available it’s time to give the other two cities a chance, especially Gothenburg which hasn’t hosted in almost 40 years and is Sweden’s second largest city.

Mest
Mest
8 months ago
Reply to  Teddy

No! We want big Eurovision! It’s not ok the national final of Sweden to be bigger than the actual ESC

Matt
Matt
8 months ago
Reply to  Mest

Who is we? I want the Eurovision that looks the best on tv as an Australian- so I’m very pro-Malmö

ANDREW BROWN
ANDREW BROWN
8 months ago

Eurovision is bigger than Taylor Swift. Think she might get bumped if they really want Stockholm

EurovisionSteve
EurovisionSteve
8 months ago
Reply to  ANDREW BROWN

I really don’t think that’s going to happen.

Matt
Matt
8 months ago
Reply to  ANDREW BROWN

Argument could definitely be made that Taylor would bring in more money than Eurovision

BiCHOTA
BiCHOTA
7 months ago
Reply to  ANDREW BROWN

That would make Swifties seethe in rage, but that’s pretty unlikely to happen

Bejba
Bejba
8 months ago

Not Table Swift I don’t know of any Swedish that really listens to this kinds of music but ok.. Stockholm clearly does Not want this hosting and will make excuses Like Always … I do Not think that Swedish Broadcasting is suitable to be a Host currantly due to these constant Corruption practices and Rigging.

Bejba
Bejba
8 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

Lol not really. A lot of these fans are actually bot accounts and Payola . Her managers create a lot of the hype by paying for these bots to stream

Pancake
Pancake
8 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

Are you for real? I know Bl*nka stans are delusional but this is a whole new level to think Taylor Swift has no fans in Sweden, of all places.

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
8 months ago
Reply to  Pancake

nope, not delusional myself, and i kinda knew Blanka was gonna do well with Solo, she really proved her haters wrong, she isn’t a spoiled rich girl who gets everything on a silver plate, she really worked hard to pull off the result she got, and vocally she sounds a lot better now too compared to in the NF, and i want more from Blanka at ESC in a few years from now

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7 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

she did well because she acknowledged a meme + diaspora

Anonymous91
Anonymous91
8 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

i used to, am a fan of 1989 but more recently i prefer listening to others, am more of a BTS fan now, as well as Coldplay, Rihanna, Selena Gomez

basically my music taste is very diverse, i like a lot of genres, apart from rap

BiCHOTA
BiCHOTA
7 months ago
Reply to  Anonymous91

Ok so Bejba = Anonymous91

Bejba
Bejba
7 months ago
Reply to  BiCHOTA

As if .

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:::
7 months ago
Reply to  Bejba

Do you have evidence that Sweden rigged anything?

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7 months ago
Reply to  :::

How I expected it. You have no evidence and dislike my comment instead.

Childish

Alex
Alex
8 months ago

So basically they are pulling a Copenhagen 2014 and building a temporary arena….it remains to be seen if it’s a success… because it was a nightmare for Denmark back in 2014!

Let’s hope it’s something revolutionary and out of the box!

I’d still prefer Tele2 and Friends Arena because of their sizes but I’m curious about this mobile arena.

Go Stockholm!

Žilvinas
Žilvinas
8 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Why was it a nightmare?

Matt
Matt
8 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Well difference is SVT likes to do things on a reasonable budget (Copenhagen was not) and Denmark didn’t really have many options for 2014 whereas Malmo and Gothenburg are perfect

gea
gea
8 months ago
Reply to  Alex

Nightmare? It was one of the best produced ESC shows and the arena looked great on tv. Nobody who is watching cares if Eurovision is in a shipyard, a village or in some fancy arena.

Denis
Denis
8 months ago
Reply to  gea

Yes but DR also went over budget. And had to scrap several segments
This led to DR getting massive debts, all for a concert basically.

BadWoolfGirl
BadWoolfGirl
8 months ago
Reply to  Denis

I wonder if DR is still in financial trouble even almost a decade later after their hosting. It might explain why they’re in a eurovision slump lately.

Fatima
Fatima
8 months ago
Reply to  BadWoolfGirl

Yes I heard the same thing too