Liverpool is preparing to host the Eurovision Song Contest in May 2023.

The event, which is being held at the Liverpool Arena, sees the show return to the UK for the first time in 25 years, after Sam Ryder came second to Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra at the 2022 Song Contest.

The BBC will work in partnership with Ukraine’s state broadcaster Suspilne to ensure Ukraine are celebrated and represented throughout the event.

When is the Eurovision final?

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.

Eurovision schedule

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

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How to get Eurovision tickets

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.

Tickets will vary in price depending on the date:

  • Grand final – £160-380
  • Semi-finals – £90-290
  • Preview shows – £30-280

Where is Eurovision 2023?

The show takes place at the Liverpool Arena, which has a maximum capacity of 11,000, and will be televised on BBC One and BBC iPlayer.

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 expected 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.

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