All the UK cities that could host Eurovision 2023 – from Swindon to Manchester

The UK is set to host next year's Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Ukraine, after Brit Sam Ryder came second in this year's competition.

The The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) confirmed that the BBC will be taking on hosting duties for Eurovision 2023.

The news comes after it was announced earlier this year that the show couldn't be held in the winning country of Ukraine because of "safety and security reasons" as the country faces an ongoing invasion from Russia.

Instead, the BBC will work with UA: PBC to develop Ukrainian elements of the show and Ukraine will automatically qualify for a place in the Grand Final along with the 'Big 5'.

Following the announcement, the host city bidding contest will begin this week and there are already plenty of UK cities who've said they're eager to host.

Here's all of the places in the UK that Eurovision 2023 could be held and when tickets will be available.

Which UK cities could host Eurovision 2023?

The bidding contest for the city to host Eurovision begins this week and there's already been plenty of interest.

In a statement, Eurovision have said that several mayors, councillors and MPs already informally expressed an intention to bid.

The cities that have already expressed interest include:

  • Aberdeen
  • Belfast
  • Birmingham
  • Brighton
  • Bristol
  • Cardiff
  • Edinburgh
  • Glasgow
  • Manchester
  • Leeds
  • Liverpool
  • London
  • Newcastle
  • Nottingham
  • Sheffield
  • Swindon
  • Wolverhampton

However, Eurovision also went on to say: “Of course, not all of these locations will formally apply".

Cities that have already announced their official bids include:

  • Sheffield

  • Bristol

  • London

  • Manchester

  • Brighton

  • Liverpool

  • Cardiff

  • Leeds

To be eligible to host Eurovision, the city will need a large event space, suitable accommodation and international transport links for the competing countries and their delegations.

A list of all the official bids will be published later this summer and it's expected that the host city will be chosen by the end of the year.

How and when can you buy Eurovision 2023 tickets?

Now that it's finally been confirmed that Eurovision will be held on British soil, fans will be eager to know exactly when and how they can get tickets to the iconic song contest.

According to Eurovision World, tickets for the competition generally go on sale late the year before or early the year of the competition.

So it's expected that Eurovision 2023 tickets will go on sale sometime during late 2022 or early 2023.

In the past, tickets have been sold in batches and have been available for nine shows – including six rehearsals and three live shows.

How many tickets there will be and where the tickets can be brought from won't be decided until the host city and venue has been announced, as each venue will have differing vendors and capacity.

Often a number of tickets are reserved for members of one of the official Eurovision fan clubs around the world, these tickets will be sold through the official fan clubs.

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