Photo: Sarah Louise Bennett / EBU

If you tried buying tickets to Eurovision 2024 this morning, then you probably don’t need us to translate the following Swedish phrase: biljettkaos.

“Ticket chaos” is how Swedish newspaper Aftonbladet titled its article about the Eurovision 2024 ticket sale, which started on Tuesday morning.

Tickets were released at 10:00 am local time and, as ever, interest was huge. More than 400,000 people queued on ticketmsater.se.

The web site issued a clear and understandable warning:

“Tickets for the grand final sell quickly and availability is low. Please check back later as many tickets may become available again or try to purchase a ticket for other shows.”

A quick scroll through Twitter reveals plenty of angry feeds and broken hearts, even if a further batch of tickets will be released later.

Some fans speculated that bots were snapping up all the seats, while others flagged how tickets were already being resold for exorbitant prices on other web sites.

But it’s not all bad news. Wiwiblogger Lucy persevered and managed to grab tickets more than three hours after the ticket sale started. 

The shows

First Semi-Final: 

  • Evening Preview: Monday 6 May (Jury Show)
  • Afternoon Preview: Tuesday 7 May (Family Show)
  • Live TV Show: Tuesday 7 May

Second Semi-Final: 

  • Evening Preview: Wednesday 8 May (Jury Show)
  • Afternoon Preview: Thursday 9 May (Family Show)
  • Live TV Show: Thursday 9 May

Grand Final: 

  • Evening Preview: Friday 10 May (Jury Show)
  • Afternoon Preview: Saturday 11 May (Family Show)
  • Live TV Show: Saturday 11 May

Ticket prices

  • First & Second Semi-Final – Evening Preview: 145-795 SEK (~€13-70)

  • First & Second Semi-Final – Afternoon Preview: 145-545 SEK (~€13-48)

  • First & Second Semi-Final – Live Show: 525-2395 SEK (~€46-210)

  • Grand Final – Evening Preview: 525-2395 SEK (~€46-210)

  • Grand Final – Afternoon Preview: 145-1385 SEK (~€13-121)

  • Grand Final – Live Show: 860-3795 SEK (~€75-332)

In addition to regular tickets, there will be a selection of VIP packages as well.

How did you fare? Did you get tickets? And how long did you have to wait? Let us know down below!

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Evan Davis
2 months ago

I’ve given up on trying to get Eurovision tickets. It’s become far too popular… almost a rite of passage for some. I last went to a final in Helsinki in 2007. Back then there was an allocation of 90% locals, 10% foreigners. And you had to book by phone. It was a fun night surrounded mostly by Finns. Now the experience has changed. Queuing up in a virtual queue that you may or may not be randomly kicked out of just isn’t a fun initial experience. Perhaps a ballot is needed. Everyone who is serious about going joins the ballot… Read more »

Pineaple
Pineaple
2 months ago

I got all three jury shows. Unsure how I got that lucky but I’m so happy!

vangelis vt
vangelis vt
2 months ago

I have no idea why people pay exorbitant amounts of money to attend something that is not a concert but a made-for-TV event…

Samo
Samo
2 months ago
Reply to  vangelis vt

Well, try it once and you’ll understand 🙂

ESC Stan
ESC Stan
2 months ago
Reply to  vangelis vt

To experience a once in a life time thing I have never experienced before.

BetwixtTales
BetwixtTales
2 months ago
Reply to  vangelis vt

I’m the same – don’t see myself going to a show that’s made for TV viewers. The camera people obstructing the view would really annoy me. (I also get panic attacks when there are too many people so it’s never gonna happen).
But the show wouldn’t be the same without the live audience, and I’m sure they get an experience we can’t get sitting in the comfort of our home. So it’s nice there there’s a version for whatever kind of ESC fan you are. =)

Andrew Knights
Andrew Knights
2 months ago

I joined the queue at 92,000. I kept checking but then forgot. I wasn’t expecting to get a ticket. I put my tablet screen on after getting back from a shop a few hours later and it flashed up that I could now book a ticket! Got family show on Thursday. Was not expecting that. Managed to book room at airport hotel at reasonable price and booked cheap flights from UK. Early start Thursday but time to enjoy the live show in Malmo or Copenhagen before flying back Friday.

Ppas
Ppas
2 months ago

Moral of the story: watch ESC at home.

* Less stress.
* Cheaper.
* Less people.
* You don’t have to travel a thousand miles away from the known dimensions of your house to go to an unfamiliar location.

Ppas
Ppas
2 months ago
Reply to  Ppas

Plus, you don’t have to spend hours in some queue – only to come up empty-handed because people who’ve been to the contest 40 times before bought ’em all.

Samo
Samo
2 months ago
Reply to  Ppas

The last one is hardly a benefit for me, quite the opposite. Eurovision is a great reason to go on a trip to a new place (ok, not this year since I’ve been to Malmö dozens of times) and the atmosphere in the host city is usually absolutely awesome.

Generally I find going to Eurovision absolutely worth it, though I recommend going to semis and then watch the final at home. That way you get to see all the performances live (not just those that qualified), and it’s usually much easier to obtain tickets.

Sterling Brodniak
Sterling Brodniak
2 months ago

We woke up at 4 AM here in the US, and by the time we switched the language on Ticketmaster to English (extra 2-3 min), we were already way down in the queue, then, multiple failed transactions (our bank thought we were being hacked) we realized we were never going to get tickets. We ended up paying $3,000 USD (plus $1500 in fees) for the live finals on StubHub? At least know we have amazing seats, and we can plan our Scandinavian trip! May have been a tad impulsive, but I’ve been waiting my whole life – I was not… Read more »

Wait what
Wait what
2 months ago

that was a very bad idea. there will be a second or third wave of ticket sales and also resale from those who changed their mind. 4500 USD ?! You gotta be kidding me, it’s a robbery on a broad daylight

Craig Hussey
Craig Hussey
2 months ago

Just an observation….. it was irrelevant which one of the 9 shows you selected, you just joined one big queue. Hence the 400000 at one stage. Why not enable queuing for each individual show? THEN, when I did get through the queue I could purchase all the tickets for all the 9 shows… I wasn’t greedy and opted for tickets to both Semi’s, but it did feel unfair that I could have bought tickets for all 9 shows, potentially denying others in the same queue.

Daniel
Daniel
2 months ago

I failed to get any ticket and I tried for many hours. Even people I know tried to get tickets for me and themselves but they didn’t get anything either It took several hours before I could choose tickets, but every time I chose different seats it said that I could not get them. Did I do wrong? (and people I knew who tried to get tickets for me and themselves.)Would you wait for new tickets to automatically come up on the screen again when you made your choice and it said you could not get these tickets after the… Read more »

Ana
Ana
2 months ago

The question is how to get rid of the tickets if you have to (a date that I can’t attend that was bought in all the chaos). I don’t see a way to cancel them on the website. Anybody has experience with ticketmaster?

Denis
Denis
2 months ago
Reply to  Ana

You can re sell them through Ticketmaster but you have to wait until a month or so before the event

Ana
Ana
2 months ago
Reply to  Denis

Oh so that’s how it works, thanks

Evan
Evan
2 months ago
Reply to  Denis

Not true, TicketMaster will open the resale market for these tickets on Dec. 12.

Florian
Florian
2 months ago
Reply to  Ana

Hi Ana, how many tickets and for which show do you have? I am still looking for tickets, maybe we can find a solution.

Ana
Ana
2 months ago
Reply to  Florian

I have one ticket for the Evening Rehearsal of the 1st Semi and one of the day rehearsal of the first semi. Both of those I can’t attend.

Johan
Johan
2 months ago

I was no. 181 719 in the queue, but still managed to get a ticket to Semi 1 afternoon show in the end. So I´m happy – and will continue trying to get one for the final as well.
No need to give up just yet 🙂

Nathan
Nathan
2 months ago

My Wife and I managed to get tickets for the live grand final and for both the semi finals. I got the grand final tickets first after being placed 36k in the queue (using phone). I got through to the selection options and everything seemed sold out. But I kept trying different options and finally got two “restricted view” tickets in block A15. This was about 2hr 30 after sales started. My wife then got through at 15:20 for the live semi finals and literally walked in and added them to her basket, despite me being in the room trying… Read more »

Samo
Samo
2 months ago

I managed to get tickets for both semis with relative ease. They were unavailable when I got through the queue but some appeared within three minutes. So I’m quite happy. I will get to see all performances live, and enjoy the final on TV. Imho much better than the other way around. L

Daniel
Daniel
2 months ago
Reply to  Samo

So new tickets came up automatically without you pressing anything on the page again?
When I didn’t get any tickets I pressed the button there asked the computer to search for the tickets again and also selected seats in the option where you had to choose exactly which seats you wanted in the arena?

What exactly did you do?
When did you join the waiting room before the tickets went on sale?
Did you use the computer or mobile phone?
Did you use the app or chrome for example?

Samo
Samo
2 months ago
Reply to  Daniel

I joined the waiting room around 9:45 and got 50k people ahead of me when the queue opened. I used automatic seat selection, so I only entered the number of people, pressed search (or whatever was that button called), got reply that no tickets are available, repeated the process a few times and finally got two seats which I then paid for.

Daniel
Daniel
2 months ago
Reply to  Samo

How long did it take you to get to the front of the queue?

Samo
Samo
2 months ago
Reply to  Daniel

It was just before 13:00, so three hours approximately.

OscarZ
OscarZ
2 months ago

No! I have a new phone and I’ve been off grid for two days and haven’t been able to use my bank. Why does everything bad in life happen to me?

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  OscarZ

Gaza. Ukraine. Somalia. Yemen. Perspective.

Pauly
Pauly
2 months ago

By the way, fans should relax. There will be plenty of resales available until May like it happened this year and last year. People cancel plans. So make sure you keep refreshing that page from the new year onwards (i doubt people will cancel in December).

Pauly
Pauly
2 months ago

I got tickets from the OGAE but i was curious and managed to get tickets for the semifinal live show (didn’t buy it eventually), so expensive though for section A (318 pounds i think).

Why can;t they put seats in the floor area? It would help haha

Amesc
Amesc
2 months ago

I have been to this process for the contest in Turin and it is very sad to have people that have not been to the contest not going again after trying and trying multiple times. On the one hand, I congratulate Sweden for the early booking, since now fans will have much time to book hotel rooms, plan their calendar… because all the previous years we planned our trip without even knowing if we can watch the contest from the arena or we planed it after booking the ESC tickets, resulting in paying more many for airplane tickets, hotels since… Read more »

ESC Stan
ESC Stan
2 months ago

I got the grand final live show! My first show ever! I have a wheelchair spot, so this may be different, but still. Doesn’t feel real.

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
2 months ago
Reply to  ESC Stan

Can’t wait to experience that feeling of buying the ESC ticket for the first time ever

Luke
Luke
2 months ago

Make it an official lottery. The technical queueing solution does again not really work and spreads disappointment.

ESC Stan
ESC Stan
2 months ago
Reply to  Luke

My guess is it is meant to prevent the sight crashing with too many buying at once, but I don’t know.

Samo
Samo
2 months ago
Reply to  Luke

How does it “not work”? It worked without any issues for me.

ESC Stan
ESC Stan
2 months ago
Reply to  Samo

Me too

Former Call Centre Employee No. 123
Former Call Centre Employee No. 123
2 months ago

Having previously worked for a certain unnamed ticketing company, I can tell you that 80+% of the tickets were probably reserved for VIPs, celebs, industry types, people they want to suck up to, etc. The rest will be released occasionally like crumbs thrown to starving pigeons. This the fault of the event organisers and consultants, who decide how many tickets to allocate, when to sell them, and to whom. The ticketing company is really only to blame for any website/phone issues, and of course additional handling fees. I do hope that Eurovision is better than that, but honestly, that’s how… Read more »

Zisk
Zisk
2 months ago

For the 4th year in a row, no. Maybe I’ll get lucky one day.

Mark U
Mark U
2 months ago

Queue was 3009 and I got in in ten minutes and either none or when selected gettign the error likeeveryone else s#$t show!

Jeremi
Jeremi
2 months ago

After 4 hours of patience, I’ve got 4 tickets for the “jury shows” : 2 for the 1st semi final & 2 for the 2nd semi final.
I was so stressed out, when I saw that there were 103000 people before me.
So it will be my 3rd Eurovision in a row. I’m so happy tonight.

Dave Fielding
Dave Fielding
2 months ago

Having missed out on the OGAE ballot we joined the queue at 8.30am – 173,000 people ahead of me (my wife joined a minute later & had 300,000 ahead of her) I had to step out of a Teams meeting with our Romanian marketing team & the marketing director when I finally got to front of the queue at 1.45pm & got first semi family tickets My wife got the front of the queue at 2.30pm – sold out, she went & got a drink, logged back in & was offered 2 tickets for Jury show 2nd semi Long stressful… Read more »

Lauren MIA
Lauren MIA
2 months ago

I didn’t even try to buy them – for a third year in a row I’m throwing my money into Comic Con. But one day – maybe I will.

p.s. finalist for escz announced. 7 in fact – and among them names that were on people’s wishlists in the past.

Dave Fielding
Dave Fielding
2 months ago
Reply to  Lauren MIA

We doing opposite, after years at Dragoncon we are doing ESC this year instead

Evan
Evan
2 months ago

After sooooo many issues with the desktop website and thinking I had confirmed a ticket only to be stuck on the purchase processing page for 20 minutes, I FINALLY was able to get a different seat, VIP for the live Semifinal 1 show, albeit in a different seat I was trying to get. Ana is 100% right with the desktop website and I recommend doing mobile. Also, I noticed that the available seats were going away and reappearing randomly after refreshing, either because they were constantly getting preliminarily booked or Ticketmaster continued to have issues, most likely the latter. Regardless,… Read more »

Ana
Ana
2 months ago

The desktop website was completely useless. Only managed to buy something through the phone. Now I got one ticket for the day show of the first semi that I don’t need

Mark U
Mark U
2 months ago
Reply to  Ana

Mobile was as bad.

Ana
Ana
2 months ago
Reply to  Mark U

I’m just saying what eventually worked for me. The desktop didn’t work no matter how many times I tried. It would just give me error messages and won’t let me buy anything. I even tried other events that are not Eurovision and it would still give me errors.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago

Did OGAE get special treatment again this year?

Folks, if you really want to go, maybe this is reason enough to join.

Dave Fielding
Dave Fielding
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

OGAE had a ballot, I missed out in the ballot. Thankfully I got tickets in the general sale today

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Tickets are only given to old members

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

That’s grossly unfair. People who have already been to 47 contests.

Msig
Msig
2 months ago
Reply to  Eurovision fan

In Denmark, OGAE ticket packages are allocated by means of random draw.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago

Tickets will always be a problem these days because of ticketmaster and the online ticket websites with their strange queues and ‘first come first serve’ mentality when it actually isn’t like that. I learned it the hard way trying to get tickets to my native country earlier this year.

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago

The best system to me would be to abolish all charges. Get rid of ticketmaster. Hold a lottery, with interested parties applying to SVT or EBU. Half of tickets to go to worldwide fans, the other half to go to locals.

Una's sparkling points
Una's sparkling points
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

Wimbledon’s ballot system for tickets comes to mind. Similar could be applied at Eurovision. No royal box though!!

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago

Royalty can enter the lottery same as everybody else.

Una's sparkling points
Una's sparkling points
2 months ago
Reply to  Jonas

They shouldn’t!! They could give a royal seal of approval and bring the event to the attention of people who otherwise wouldn’t care less <3

Jonas
Jonas
2 months ago

The King is 50 years on the throne now, him and Waterloo can mark their golden jubilee together.

Frisian esc
2 months ago

It didn’t go to plan. Had my second day at the job and the morning meeting ended 5 minutes before the sale. I managed to open the ticket sale 30 seconds into 10:00 and then I was nr 372. 000 in line xD. Now I know eurovision is very beloved by many but I still have my doubts if there were really that many people already lining up in December.

Darren H
Darren H
2 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

There will be some with multiple accounts trying to get tickets and bots trying to by tickets for resale so we can only guess how many real buyers might be in front of you if you was 372,000th.
I would guess ticket sharks might have 5 – 10 computers ready, the average would be buyer 2 accounts, which would mean between 50,000-100,000 in front of you?

Mark U
Mark U
2 months ago
Reply to  Darren H

I was 3010 in the queue and when in no tickets, refreshed the grand final got to and then that error message everyone was getting. It does not seem to matter when you are in the queue

Despicable Annie
Despicable Annie
2 months ago
Reply to  Frisian esc

Congratulations! You now have a job AND your precious money as well that you can save for the 2025 contest which will surely be hosted somewhere prettier and more interesting. Think it this way.

Martin O.
Martin O.
2 months ago

I got a VIP ticket for two. (Final Jury Show). Searching for somebody who wants the second seat. DM me on Twitter/X @MartObermeier if interested

Lolek
Lolek
2 months ago

I got to experience Eurovision for the first time last year in Liverpool (SF1 live show). I didn’t have the patience to wake up even earlier to join the cue but, miraculously, I managed to get a ticket for this year’s SF2 evening preview show. I thought for sure there would be nothing by the time I booked a spot (just now). Though I guess it helps to not be looking for two seats close together, hehe.

FTD
FTD
2 months ago

This Brazilian girl is going to Malmö \o/
Almost lost hope after I saw that there were 180K people in front of me, but with enough patience, I managed to get tickets for the Grand Final Evening Preview.

Voix
Voix
2 months ago

Thousands of people dream to see the contest live and instead hundreds of thousands of bots were in queue and all of the sudden, resellers are selling tickets for 1000 euros. All they want is money, they don’t care for anything else.

Eurovision fan
Eurovision fan
2 months ago
Reply to  Voix

They’ll get f

skipi
skipi
2 months ago

Were there even any standing tickets available?

Filip
Filip
2 months ago

Honestly I thought it was pretty good, only bad thing was that if you got through the queue once you could buy tickets to all the shows without having to queue again. If you’re unhappy you didn’t get a ticket, blame Stockholm for not having a big enough arena to offer

Darren H
Darren H
2 months ago
Reply to  Filip

I think the ability to choose the show is good, you have to have multiple computers if you want to try to get tickets for various shows, so the ability to try and get tickets for the final and if you can’t move on to other shows works best.

Denis
Denis
2 months ago
Reply to  Filip

Their main concern is not 500 000 fans or so but the 150 million watching in front of TV. As it should be. Malmö Arena is perfect for that case

euroboy
euroboy
2 months ago

Ticketmaster is the worst option they could have chosen. After the chaos with Liverpool tickets, I thought they would select a different ticket booking company. I mean some of my friends were marked as bots so they couldn’t even log in, even though they hadn’t spammed or used VPN.

Ticketone for Turin tickets was waay better. Such a shame.

Msig
Msig
2 months ago
Reply to  euroboy

As far as I recall, Malmö Arena is operated by Live Nation, the parent company of Ticketmaster. Therefore, anyone organising events in the arena is contractually obligated to sell tickets exclusively via Ticketmaster.

The Voice of Reason
The Voice of Reason
2 months ago
Reply to  euroboy

Had HUGE problems with Ticketmaster earlier this year for Liverpool. We need in person tickets and better websites for each country.

BiCHOTA
BiCHOTA
2 months ago
Reply to  euroboy

Ticketmaster is an awful platform.
It’s always the same mess with them, no matter the event nor the venue. Happened with Bad Bunny’s concert in Mexico City late last year, happened with Taylor Swift’s concerts in August, and I could go on…