Which UK events could be cancelled next May to make way for Eurovision 2023?
ast month, it was confirmed by The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and the BBC that the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest will be hosted in the UK on behalf of Ukraine. Ukraine will automatically qualify for the Grand Final but will be unable to host because of their situation following Russia’s invasion.
However, as there is no large arena in the UK that currently has enough of a gap in its event listings to host Eurovision next year, some events will need to make way for the contest. A venue will be needed by producers six to eight weeks ahead of the contest, according to council officials in touch with organisers.
Claudio Santucci was the head of this year’s show that took place in Turin, Italy. He confirmed that organisers would need access to the venue for several weeks. Santucci was in charge of opening, interval and closing sequences. “The set up takes around three weeks, then three or four weeks of rehearsals – but one of those weeks is the show”, he explained.
“It’s a long period of rehearsals to make it work. It’s an event that would normally take two years to organise but instead you have less than a year because you only know when you win.”
Organisers also refused to detail the exact requirements they had requested from cities in the first stage of the application process. Instead, they pointed to an FAQ website.
Which cities have applied to host Eurovision 2023?
Bristol’s mayor confirmed the city has applied to host. And though it doesn’t yet have an arena, it is committed to building a bespoke venue for the event in less than nine months.
Newcastle is also bidding to host.
Last week Cardiff said it would no longer be putting forward a bid for the song contest, explaining “a significant number of scheduled events” would need to be cancelled.
All other cities with an arena that can fit 10,000 fans – and are therefore eligible to bid – could run into the same issue.
Cities hoping to host the event will find out on Friday if they will be shortlisted.
Which events could potentially be cancelled or postponed, to make space for Eurovision 2023?
There are a number of events at risk of having to make space for Eurovision.
Aberdeen P&J Live
10 – 11 April – Jurassic Live
20 April – Magic Mike
25 May – André Rieu
31 March – Elton John
1 April – Belfast Giants vs Guildford Flame
20 April – André Rieu
22 April – Magic Mike
29 April – Biggest 90s Disco
20 May – Anything For Love
26 – 27 March – Celine Dion
28 April – Rob Beckett and Josh Widdicombe
1 May – Magic Mike
Birmingham Resorts World
15 April – André Rieu
19 April – Elton John
Glasgow OVO Hydro
2 – 3 April – Celine Dion
18 April – Sabaton
25 April – Magic Mike
27 April – André Rieu
Leeds First Direct Arena
1 April – Europe’s Strongest Man
14 April – Sabaton
22 April – Michael Starring Ben
29 April – Magic Mike
11 May – André Rieu
Liverpool M&S Bank Arena
22 – 23 April – Elton John
24 April – Magic Mike
29 April – Reminisce in Concert
30 April – Michael Starring Ben
12 May – André Rieu
London O2 Arena
2 – 9 April – Elton John
10 – 11 April – Celine Dion
12 – 13 & 16 – 17 April – Elton John
21 April – Rob Beckett & Josh Widdicombe
30 April – Tokio Hotel
8 May – Måneskin
14 May – British Basketball Play-Off Finals
London OVO Wembley Arena
14 April – André Rieu
15 April – Sabaton
23 April – Rob Beckett & Josh Widdicombe
4 May – Stromae
Manchester AO Arena
5 – 6 April – Celine Dion
14 April – Rob Beckett & Josh Widdicombe
2 May – Magic Mike
Newcastle Utilita Arena
27 April – Magic Mike
Sheffield Utilita Arena
1 April – Steelers v Glagsow Clan
26 April – Magic Mike
13 May – André Rieu