Glasgow and Liverpool remain in the running to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2023

In early August, the British broadcaster BBC announced seven shortlisted cities to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 in the United Kingdom! The official Eurovision Song Contest social media accounts have just revealed that there are only two cities left in the running and the final battle is between Glasgow and Liverpool!

Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield are therefore eliminated and will definitely not host the next Eurovision Song Contest!

 

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Back in August, when the potential host cities were announced, we collected as much information as possible on the cities, their possible venues and their Eurovision experience. Here is what you need to know about our two short-listed cities:

Glasgow

Population: 612,000 city; 1.86 million metropolitan
Potential Venue: OVO Hydro (Exterior of the venue was featured in Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga)
Concert Seating Capacity: 12,306 seats
Previous Eurovision Experience: Eurovision Dance Contest 2008

Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city, comprising more than one-quarter of all Scots. It hosted the Commonwealth Games in 2014 and was made a UNESCO ‘City of Music’ in 2008. In November 2021, Glasgow hosted the UN’s COP26 event, which put the city on the international stage. Glasgow is currently the bookie’s favourite to host Eurovision 2023, and with the BBC Scotland television studios just across the Millennium Bridge from the OVO Hydro Arena, it isn’t hard to see why! Host broadcasters usually prefer having a studio in the host city, having one this close to the venue could be a new record!

 

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Liverpool

Population: 579,000 city; 2.24 million metropolitan
Potential Venue: M&S Bank Arena
Concert Seating Capacity: 13,781
Previous Eurovision Experience: None

Famous home to The Beatles, Liverpool’s music scene goes back many decades, earning it the nickname ‘The Capital of Pop’. In 2008, Liverpool was the European City of Culture, helping to transform its image, which had been battered due the post-industrial decline that occurred in the latter decades of the 20th century. The city has the hotel space to host the contest, and the airport has plenty of Ryanair and easyJet flights from across Europe to transport most fans to the Contest.

 

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