The UK is hosting for the first time in more than two decades – on behalf of last year’s winners Ukraine. Interest in tickets is unsurprisingly expected to be sky-high.
Here’s when tickets will go on sale, how much they will cost, and everything else you need to know.
When do Eurovision tickets go on sale?
Tickets will go on sale at midday UK time on Tuesday 7 March.
They will only be sold on Ticketmaster, and people will only be able to purchase tickets for one show at a time.
Tickets are being sold for the live televised grand final and two semi-finals, as well as preview shows – previously known as jury shows – which are essentially rehearsals.
For the three live televised shows, customers can purchase a maximum of four tickets in one order. For the six preview shows, customers can purchase a maximum of six tickets per order.
How much will tickets cost?
Here’s the breakdown of ticket prices:
- Grand final – £160-380
- Semi-finals – £90-290
- Preview shows – £30-280
When is Eurovision 2023?
The Grand Final of Eurovision will take place on Saturday 13 May, 2023.
The two semi-finals will first be held at Liverpool Arena on Tuesday 9 May and Thursday 11 May, which whittle down the roughly 40 entrants to the top 26 seen on the big night.
With the UK hosting, this year’s semi-finals will also both be shown on BBC One, rather than being relegated to BBC Three. The full schedule is:
- Monday 8 May – First semi-final, jury show
- Tuesday 9 May (afternoon) – First semi-final, family show
- Tuesday 9 May (evening) – First semi-final
- Wednesday 10 May – Second semi-final, jury show
- Thursday 11 May (afternoon) – Second semi-final, family show
- Thursday 11 May (evening) – Second semi-final
- Friday 12 May – Grand final, jury show
- Saturday 13 May (afternoon) – Grand final, family show
- Saturday 13 May (evening) – Grand final
Where is Eurovision 2023?
A public bidding process for the contest saw cities from all corners of the UK express interest, with Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield all making the initial shortlist.
Cities were to meet a number of requirements to host, including having a suitable arena capable of hosting thousands of fans, a nearby airport and transit system equipped to handle a flow of arrivals, and enough hotel rooms to cater for everyone who will attend: a large staff and production crew, roughly 40 national delegations, as well as the media and fans who follow the contest across Europe.
Liverpool’s relationship with sister city Odesa, in Ukraine, is said to have played a key part in the decision to choose it as host.
Who is presenting Eurovision 2023?
British TV star Alesha Dixon, actress Hannah Waddingham and Ukrainian singer Julia Sanina will host the Eurovision Song Contest alongside returning favourite Graham Norton, it has been announced.
Broadcaster Zoe Ball, 52, announced the news on her BBC Radio 2 breakfast show on Wednesday 22 February.
She said: “Last time the Eurovision was in the UK back in 1998 hosted by our dear Sir Terry Wogan and Ulrika Johnson, last year in Turin of course Alessandro Cattelan, Laura Pausini and Mika, in those fabulous bright suits.
“On the TV hosting the Eurovision Song Contest final in Liverpool will be Alesha Dixon, the Ukrainian singer Julia Sanina, the award-winning actress from Ted Lasso and Games Of Thrones Hannah Waddingham and someone you may well know, Mr Graham Norton.
“While Graham is on the TV because he’ll be doing the presenting, he will have a little bit of help from the commentary box – Mel Giedroyc will be there as well, on hand to be his glamorous assistant.”