Liverpool to host 2023 Eurovision on Ukraine’s behalf

Liverpool has been selected as the Host City for the 67th Eurovision Song Contest, following a final face off with Glasgow. The iconic UK city secured the prize after it was decided that it would be too dangerous to hold the event in the Ukraine, which won the 66th edition of the popular music event. The UK came second last year.

Martin Osterdahl

The home of the Beatles was chosen following a city bid process that examined facilities at the venue; the ability to accommodate visiting delegations, crew, fans and journalists; infrastructure; and the cultural offer in reflecting Ukraine’s win in 2022. UK public broadcaster the BBC, together with the European Broadcasting Union (EBU), will organise the Contest in consultation with UA:PBC, Ukraine’s public broadcaster.

Eurovision Song Contest Executive Supervisor Martin Österdahl said: “The city is synonymous with music and Liverpool Arena exceeds all the requirements needed to stage a global event of this scale. We have been very impressed with the passion the city has shown in embracing the Contest and their inclusive ideas for placing last year’s winners, Ukraine, front and centre when thousands of fans visit next May.

Mykola Chernotytskyi, Head of the Managing Board of UA:PBC, Ukraine’s public broadcaster, said: “It is symbolic that the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest will be held in Liverpool, a twin city of Odesa. The organisation of a contest of this level sets super demanding requirements. I am confident the city recognised as the capital of pop music will deliver a celebration that will amaze delegations and fans.”

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