Disappointed fans offered consolation
Thousands of people have been sharing their disappointment after missing out on Eurovision tickets - but organisers have reminded fans that there will still be plenty for them to enjoy in May. "Don't forget we have three amazing TV shows planned for this year's Contest & lots of Eurovision activities and parties around Liverpool during the event!" organisers said.
Meanwhile, Liverpool Echo reporter Christoper Megrath shared this heartwarming message:
All Eurovision shows now SOLD OUT
All nine Eurovision shows, including Previews, have now sold out, organisers have confirmed.
Semi Final Live tickets are SOLD OUT
Tickets for both Eurovision Semi Final Live Shows on May 9 and May 11 have now sold out, Ticketmaster has confirmed. The remaining preview shows are showing very limited availability.
Liverpool Arena seating map
For those lucky people out there who managed to secure tickets for one of the Eurovision shows, here's a map from Ticketmaster of Liverpool's M&S Bank Arena to see where you'll be sitting on the night:
Speculation rife on UK Eurovision entry amid ticket scramble
All eyes are on who will represent the UK in Liverpool this year, following the success of Sam Ryder in 2022 whose Space Man hit earned him second place in the competition behind Ukraine's Kalush Orchestra.
With fan speculation abuzz all over social media, among the names said to be in the hat are Birdy, Freya Ridings, Rina Sawayama, Mimi Webb and Mae Muller. You can read more about each of the potential entries here.
Money expert shares crucial advice for lucky ticket-holders
Travel and accommodation prices for Eurovision fans heading to Liverpool this May are expected to be astronomical, with many already complaining about the inflated prices for the likes of trains and hotels on the weekend of the Grand Final. Personal finance expert and co-founder of comparison site Choosewisely.co.uk Tara Flynn said: "If you've been lucky and bagged yourself tickets today for Eurovision, think carefully about the way you pay for any travel and accommodation arrangements you make.
"If you use a credit card, you'll automatically get something called 'section 75' protection, meaning your credit card provider has equal liability if there's a problem with any purchases you make over £100. So this means your money will be protected if you book a train to Liverpool that gets cancelled or you book a flight, and the airline goes bust.
"Choosing the right way to pay can help to reduce the risk of you losing out financially and maximise your enjoyment of the event," the expert urged.
Eurovision presenter unable to get tickets
BBC presenter Sam Quek, who is one of the hosts presenting the Eurovision Opening Ceremony from Liverpool in May, shared that even she missed out on getting tickets for the Grand Final due to the enormous demand seen this afternoon.
Fans hit out at 'ridiculous' ticket prices
Several fans have complained at the eye-watering Eurovision ticket prices, which are as high as £290 for the Semi-Final shows and £380 for the Grand Final shows.
"The Eurovision ticket prices are an absolute joke, £200+ for a seated ticket are you insane?" one person blasted on Twitter.
Another said: "Looked at Eurovision tickets. £360 to stand - err no thanks. Disgusting prices."
"Standing tickets at £190 is an absolute outrage," a third fan fumed. "Disappointed and very cross at the prices. Who came up with these?"
"The prices for Eurovision tickets are insane," someone else wrote. "Why am I paying £290 to be at the back of an arena at a show that's not even the final or live!"
'Low availability' for most remaining shows
The majority of the remaining Eurovision shows are now showing 'low availability' for tickets, including both Live Semi-Final shows. The best availability according to Ticketmaster is for either the Evening Preview of Semi Final 1, or the Evening Preview of Semi Final 2 - these are the only two shows which currently aren't displaying a low availability warning on the website.
Eurovision Grand Final now SOLD OUT
Tickets for the live Grand Final are now sold out, organisers have confirmed, 40 minutes after going on sale.
Fans discover 'trick' to see their exact place in the queue
Fans have reported uncovering a "trick" that allows them to see their exact place in the ticket queue and how many people are ahead of them.
While the Ticketmaster website only says there are "2000+ people ahead of you", if the person in the queue right-clicks on the page and selects "view page source", a line of text apparently reveals the specific number of users who are ahead of them in the queue.
We tried this out by joining the queue for the first Semi Final preview evening, and it seemed to work - while the Ticketmaster website told us we were in position "2000+", when we followed the above steps the page source said that 6,126 users were ahead of us.
Fans still face '2000+' queue after 20-minute wait
Fans in ticket queues have reported they are still seeing the message that "2000+ people" are ahead of them, more than 20 minutes after it went live - although the bar showing their place in the queue is slowly moving along.
Ticketmaster blasted as a 'shambles' by fans
Eurovision fans have hit out at Ticketmaster, saying they have experienced several issues with the site while trying to secure tickets for the Liverpool shows.
One person took to Twitter to describe the experience of trying to snag tickets "a complete shambles yet again courtesy of Ticketmaster."
Another complained: "My Eurovision Ticketmaster experience: logged in 15 mins early, 500 server error, then couldn't join queue, now basically sold out. Why are they like this?"
"Trying to get Eurovision tickets but having that typical Ticketmaster experience," a third unhappy fan said.
Meanwhile, Specsavers couldn't help but poke fun at the situation:
Eurovision Grand Final showing 'low availability'
The televised Eurovision Grand Final on May 13 is already displaying a "low availability" message on Ticketmaster following enormous demand, just eight minutes after tickets went on sale.
Three key queue tips from Ticketmaster
Ticketmaster has issued three crucial tips for ticket buyers:
- Stay signed in to your account for the entire sale
- Keep your browser open until the order is confirmed
- Stick with one account to buy your tickets.
Thousands of people join ticket queues
Hopeful fans are now waiting in virtual ticket queues to see if they are lucky enough to be able to nab tickets. Many have been met with a message saying there are "2000+ people" ahead of them in the queue.
Tickets are LIVE
Eurovision tickets are now LIVE on Ticketmaster!
Full list of nine Eurovision shows on sale
According to the BBC, the shows that will be on sale in just a couple of minutes are:
Semi-Final 1: Evening Preview on Monday 8th May at 8pm
A full run through of the Semi-Final 1 show featuring all countries participating including France, Germany and Italy, as well as all opening and interval acts for this show.
Semi-Final 1: Afternoon Preview on Tuesday 9th May at 1:30pm
A final full preview of the Semi-Final 1 show featuring all of the countries participating in this semi-final. France, Germany and Italy will not perform in this show but pre-recorded footage of their performances will be played to the audience in the arena. Some performers may not be in full make up during their live performance.
Semi-Final 1: Live Show on Tuesday 9th May at 8pm
The live show! Broadcast live around the world, this is where the countries find out who has made it to the Grand Final based on the audience votes. Note, pre-recorded footage of performances from France, Germany and Italy will be played to the audience in the arena and at home.
Semi-Final 2: Evening Preview on Wednesday 10th May at 8pm
A full run through of the Semi-Final 2 show featuring all countries participating in this semi-final (including Spain, Ukraine and UK) as well as all opening and interval acts from this show.
Semi-Final 2: Afternoon Preview on Thursday 11th May at 1:30pm
A final full preview of the Semi-Final 2 live show featuring all of the countries participating in this semi-final. Spain, Ukraine and the UK will not perform during this show but pre-recorded footage of their performances will be played to the audience in the arena. Some performers may not be in full make up during their live performance.
Semi-Final 2: Live Show on Thursday 11th May at 8pm
The live show! Broadcast live around the world, this is where the countries find out who has made it to the Grand Final based on the audience votes. Note, a pre-recorded extract of performances from Spain, Ukraine and the UK will be played to the audience in the arena and at home.
Grand Final: Evening Preview on Friday 12th May at 8pm
A full run through of the Grand-Final live show featuring all 26 countries participating in as well as all opening and interval acts. This is the show where the international juries will cast their votes, ready for them to be announced in the final! After the performances have finished, a simulated voting sequence will take place. Using randomly generated voting data as an opportunity for the presenters and technical teams around the world to rehearse the voting process. The audience are welcome to stay and watch as this takes place.
Grand Final: Afternoon Preview on Saturday 13th May at 1pm
The final full run through of the Grand-Final live show featuring all 26 countries participating as well as all opening and interval acts. After the performances have finished, a simulated voting sequence will take place. Using randomly generated voting data, this is an opportunity for the presenters and technical teams around the world to rehearse the voting process. The audience are welcome to stay and watch as this takes place.
Grand Final: Live Show on Saturday 13th May at 8pm
THE BIG ONE! Broadcast live around the world to 160 million people, this is where we find out who has won the Eurovision Song Contest 2023.
Error message displaying on Ticketmaster
Some fans hoping to secure tickets have reported that the Ticketmaster website has already crashed due to high demand with just minutes to go until Eurovision tickets go live.
We were met with a "500 Internal Server Error" message on the site when we tried to click the "find tickets" option, and several concerned fans have taken to social media to report the same issue.
How many Eurovision tickets can you buy?
There are tickets for nine shows availble in total on Ticketmaster. You will only be able to buy tickets for one showat a time.
For the six Preview shows:
- Customers can purchase a maximum of six tickets in one order.
For the three Live televised shows, including the two Semi Finals and the Grand Final:
- Customers can purchase a maximum of four tickets in one order.
Make sure you have a Ticketmaster account
It's just 15 minutes to go now until the tickets are released. Eurovision organisers are encouraging fans to make sure they have a Ticketmaster UK account in advance of purchasing their tickets, to save valuable time when it comes to booking.
Regardless of where in the world you are, tickets for the Eurovision will only be available to buy on the Ticketmaster website - so be aware of any other sites claiming to be offering tickets, as this could be a scam.
How much are Eurovision tickets?
According to the official Eurovision website, tickets will be priced from between £30 to £290 for the Semi-Final shows and from £80 to £380 for the Grand Final shows.
There are nine events available to purchase tickets for on the Ticketmaster website, including previews of the Semi-Final and Grand Final shows as well as the live shows themselves. The Grand Final is on May 13 at Liverpool's M&S Bank Arena.
Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on behalf of the Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine (UA:PBC), the contest will be held at the Liverpool Arena, and will consist of two semi-finals on 9 and 11 May, and a final on 13 May 2023.Where to stay for Eurovision 2023? ›
Liverpool is just over a one hour drive away, so the 4 Star Beaches Hotel is the ideal stopover if you are planning to attend Eurovision 2023.
Liverpool - Eurovision 2023.
This year Liverpool will host the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Ukraine. The Grand Final will take place in the Liverpool M&S Bank Arena on Saturday 13 May with Semi-Finals on Tuesday 9 and Thursday 11 May. We're host city for the biggest event in the global music calendar.
Where can I get tickets? If you want to be at Europe's biggest live music event, make sure you've signed up to Ticketmaster UK. The six previews and three televised shows give fans the opportunity to experience the magic of Eurovision as Liverpool Arena is set to become one of the world's biggest TV studios.What is the theme for Eurovision 2023? ›
The theme for the 67th Eurovision Song Contest, set to take place in Liverpool in May, has been revealed, including the slogan: 'United By Music'.How to enter Eurovision 2023? ›
Sending in your song
To take part in the Eurovision Song Contest, you need to win a national selection or be selected by one of the participating broadcasters. Everything starts with sending in your song! Note that most broadcasters set their deadlines to submit songs somewhere between September and December.
In the US, Eurovision 2023 will be broadcast exclusively on Peacock. You can either stream Eurovision live or watch it on demand. The first semi-final will take place on Tuesday, May 9, starting at 3 p.m. ET in the US. At the same time on Saturday, May 13, you can tune in to watch the finals.Will Eurovision 2023 go ahead? ›
Ukraine and the Big-5 countries (Germany, France, Italy, Spain and United Kingdom) are pre-qualified for the Grand Final on 13 May 2023. The rest of the countries have been allocated to one of the two Semi-finals to be held on 9 and 11 May 2023. The allocation draw was made on 31 January 2023.What arena is Eurovision 2023? ›
Liverpool will host the 67th Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Ukraine. The Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will take place in the Liverpool Arena next to the River Mersey on Saturday 13 May with Semi-Finals on Tuesday 9 and Thursday 11 May.Who will host Eurovision 2023 presenters? ›
The Royal couple will meet the creatives behind the event, along with the show's Ukrainian host Julia Sanina, UK host - and Ted Lasso star - Hannah Waddingham and BBC Radio 2's Eurovision presenters Scott Mills and Rylan Clark.
Although Australia is outside the European Broadcasting Area, the EBU and Austrian host broadcaster ORF decided to permit an Australian entry to commemorate the 60th contest.How many countries are in Eurovision? ›
Over 1,500 songs have taken part in the Eurovision Song Contest since it first started in 1956! Each of the 26 competing countries has a jury whose members rank all of the countries' performances. They then give out points to their favourite top 10 countries.Has Eurovision 2023 sold out? ›
Grand final tickets sold out inside 36 minutes on Tuesday.How much are Eurovision tickets usually? ›
Typically, the highest price for a pre-show ticket comes in at a maximum of £85 (€100). Last year, the broadcast semi-finals and grand final tickets came in between £130 - £300 (€350), depending on seating arrangements.What does a ticket to Eurovision cost? ›
Eurovision 2022: Between €10 and €350. Eurovision 2020: Between €20 and €255 (cancelled) Eurovision 2019: Between €183 and €415.Who did Celine Dion represent at Eurovision? ›
The 1988 Eurovision Song Contest is best remembered for one most exciting voting sequences in the history of the contest. Switzerland's entry Ne Partez Pas Sans Moi performed by Céline Dion beat the runner-up, the United Kingdom's Scott Fitzgerald by just a single point.Will Russia join Eurovision 2023? ›
Eurovision 2023: two countries refused to participate due to the exclusion of Russia. Montenegro and North Macedonia will not participate in the song contest next year due to the increase in the cost of the participation fee for participants, which is connected with the exclusion of Russia from Eurovision.How many songs are in Eurovision 2023? ›
The countdown has begun. This Friday marks 40 days until Eurovision week kicks off with a "turquoise carpet" opening ceremony in Liverpool. All 37 songs have now been submitted, with lyrics addressing everything from demonic possession to Russia's invasion of Ukraine.Do Eurovision contestants sing live? ›
The main vocals of the competing songs must be sung live on stage, however other rules on pre-recorded musical accompaniment have changed over time. The orchestra was a prominent feature of the contest from 1956 to 1998.
The short answer is yes – there is no limit to the number of times an act can represent their country at Eurovision. And many have gone back for another go – although with varying degrees of success. Although there are too many repeat performers to list them all here, some are more notable than others.
Only one act has managed to win Eurovision twice - Ireland's Johnny Logan, who succeeded in both 1980 and 1987.Can I vote for Eurovision from USA? ›
Voting from non-Participating Countries
All viewers in non-participating countries can vote using the official Eurovision App or go directly to www. esc. vote – the new voting hub for the Eurovision Song Contest.
You can stream Eurovision through Peacock e on your TV or mobile device. The streaming service supports Roku, iPhone, iPad, iPod touch, Apple T.V.Can you resell Eurovision tickets? ›
If you're unable to attend the date you've booked for, you can re-sell your ticket through our fan-to-fan exchange at face value.Who will be singing in Eurovision 2023? ›
Singer-songwriter Mae Muller has been announced as the UK's entrant for Eurovision 2023, picking up the baton from Sam Ryder who stormed to second place in 2022.Who is in the running for Eurovision 2023? ›
It's already been decided that Germany, France and Italy will vote in Semi-final 1, while Spain, the United Kingdom and Ukraine will vote in Semi-final 2. Furthermore, a draw has also determined that Ukraine will perform as song number 19 and the United Kingdom as song number 26 in the Grand Final.How many tickets on sale for Eurovision 2023? ›
Eurovision has not announced exactly how many tickets are being sold. However, including the previews and semi-finals there are nine separate shows, meaning there are likely to be roughly 100,000 tickets in total. The Grand Final of Eurovision will take place on Saturday 13 May, 2023.How many tickets were available for Eurovision? ›
Some 6,000 tickets were available for each of the nine live shows in Liverpool - which include dress rehearsals - with the staging, set and production requirements cutting capacity for each performance almost in half.Can I transfer Eurovision tickets? ›
A Eurovision statement said: "We have switched off Ticketmaster's ticket transfer option (this option enables purchasers of tickets to transfer their tickets into the names of others) in order to reduce the ability to resell tickets at inflated prices.Who is the female host of Eurovision? ›
The BBC has announced their full Eurovision presenting and commentary line-up for Liverpool 2023, which features Alesha Dixon, Graham Norton, Hannah Waddingham, and Julia Sanina as our Hosts for the Semi-Finals and Grand Final; as well as Mel Giedroyc, Rylan, Scott Mills, Claire Sweeney, Sam Quek and Timur ...
BBC Radio 2 - the home of Eurovision 2023 on UK radio - announces that Scott Mills and Rylan will be the station's presenters for the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 Grand Final which will be broadcast live on Radio 2 on Saturday 13 May.Why did Morocco leave Eurovision? ›
Morocco took the occasion when Israel wasn't there and debuted at the contest. Then Israel came back to Eurovision in 1981, and Morocco had to withdraw, and it hasn't rejoined since. That is no coincidence — the Moroccan broadcaster cited Israel's presence at the contest as a reason.Why is Israel in Eurovision? ›
ISRAEL is entitled to enter since it has long been a member of Eurovision - the principal criterion for taking part. The country's television service was established under the guidance of European experts including Stuart Hood of the BBC. Israel is also a member of the European Broadcasting Union.Why is Italy not in Eurovision? ›
Italy has withdrawn from the Eurovision Song Contest a number of times. The first withdrawal was in 1981, when RAI stated that interest had diminished in the country. This absence continued through 1982, before Italy returned in 1983. Italy again withdrew in 1986 when RAI decided not to enter the contest.Why aren t Turkey in Eurovision? ›
TRT announced they would not participate in the 2013 contest on 14 December 2012, citing dissatisfaction with the rules of the competition; they have yet to return. The TRT cited the changes to the televote voting system, in which a jury was introduced and the significance of televoting decreased by 50%.Is Canada a part of Eurovision? ›
Canada will officially join the Eurovision Song Contest for 2023. The annual musical contest will add the North American country to its roster for the first time in its 67 year history.Who pays for Eurovision 2023? ›
The bulk of the cost will fall to the BBC which is expected to put forward between £8m and £17m as host broadcaster. The 37 broadcasters taking part all pay a fee to enter, which in recent years has totalled a combined sum of about £5m. The BBC does not make its contribution public.Can winners of Eurovision compete again? ›
Artists chosen for Eurovision 2020 will only be able to participate after December 31, 2020. Artists chosen (again) for 2021 will only be able to participate after ESC 2021 ends. Previous winners of EOC will only be allowed to participate if their previous victory was at least 20 editions ago.Why is Eurovision in Liverpool? ›
Where will the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest be held? In Liverpool, United Kingdom after it was concluded that the event could not be held in 2022's winning country Ukraine, for safety and security reasons.What is the most expensive Eurovision? ›
Azerbaijan issued a postage stamp dedicated to Ell and Nikki's win in 2011. The country spent ₼300 million (€160 million) on hosting the 2012 contest, including building a completely new arena for the event. As of 2022, this is the largest amount of money ever spent by any host country on organising the contest.
Eurovision ranks among the world's most watched non-sporting events every year, with hundreds of millions of viewers globally, and performing at the contest has often provided artists with a local career boost and in some cases long-lasting international success.Which countries pay the most for Eurovision? ›
The 'Big Five' are the Participating Broadcasters from France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the United Kingdom - the group of countries who via their broadcasters make the biggest financial contribution towards the organisation of the Contest.How much is a suite at Eurovision? ›
Sounds lush, right? Well, it can all be yours… for £45,000. Yep, you read that right, suite packages for the live final are on sale for the whopping sum, while suite packages for semi-finals range from £14,000-18,000.Is winning Eurovision a big deal? ›
Because of its gigantic international audience, many countries take the Eurovision Song Contest really, really seriously, sending their biggest stars or most talented new artists.What date is Eurovision 2023 final? ›
Organised by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) and host broadcaster the British Broadcasting Corporation (BBC) on behalf of the Public Broadcasting Company of Ukraine (UA:PBC), the contest will be held at the Liverpool Arena, and will consist of two semi-finals on 9 and 11 May, and a final on 13 May 2023.Where can I stay in Liverpool for Eurovision? ›
INNSiDE Liverpool hotel is offering Eurovision Song Contest fans a range of experience deals. During the contest week, the hotel's reception area will host a live DJ which will be accessible to the public and not just those with bookings.What hotel is in Eurovision movie? ›
The Eurovision Song Conteste Exhibition is located at Húsavík Cape Hotel and features stunning items from the history of the song contest, as well as props and costumes from the Netflix movie Fire Saga.Where should Eurovision be held? ›
Erosion can occur almost anywhere on land or in the ocean. However, erosion does occur more rapidly in certain settings. Erosion happens faster in areas with steep slopes, such as mountains, and especially in areas where steep slopes combine with flowing water (mountain streams) or flowing ice (alpine glaciers).Do Eurovision contestants play live? ›
Live music has been an integral part of the contest since its first edition. The main vocals of the competing songs must be sung live on stage, however other rules on pre-recorded musical accompaniment have changed over time.What is the Eurovision hospitality package? ›
Package 1 – available for the six preview shows only, this package offers access to a backstage VIP lounge 2 hours before the show begins. All food and drink before the show is included and you will watch the show from a top tier seat. Package 1 tickets are available to purchase from Ticketmaster UK.
If you would listen to all the songs without a break, you would be sitting up for nearly 72 hours. In 2001, the largest audience ever attended the Eurovision Song Contest. Almost 38,000 people gathered at Copenhagen's Parken Stadium to witness the first-ever Estonian victory.How much are suites for Eurovision? ›
Sounds lush, right? Well, it can all be yours… for £45,000. Yep, you read that right, suite packages for the live final are on sale for the whopping sum, while suite packages for semi-finals range from £14,000-18,000.Where is the mansion in Eurovision? ›
Knebworth House, England
During the film, he takes Lars and Sigrit to his lavish home for a party – which is filmed here, at Knebworth House. Located in Stevenage, Hertfordshire, this stately home and its surrounding gardens are Grade II-listed and date back to the Tudor times.
The scenes featuring the house in the film itself were filmed in Scotland. He says that the elf village will now be open to anyone who wants to stay there, “whether they are from our world or the hidden one.”Where are the Beatles in Eurovision? ›
The song was performed 13th, following Switzerland and Spain. At the close of voting, it finished in last place, being spared from the dreaded nul points by Germany.Which countries watch Eurovision the most? ›
TV reach of the Eurovision Song Contest in Europe 2022, by country. Data from 2022 showed that the United Kingdom, Germany, and Spain were some of the countries with the highest numbers of TV viewers of the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC).What 7 cities are bidding for Eurovision? ›
On 12 August the BBC announced that seven cities (Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield) had been shortlisted as candidate host cities. Following a detailed assessment process these seven cities have now been reduced to two: Glasgow and Liverpool.Which city is most likely to host Eurovision 2023? ›
The BBC and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) announced in August 2022 that Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield had all been accepted as Shortlisted Host Cities for the Eurovision Song Contest set to take place in the United Kingdom in May 2023.Do Eurovision singers have to sing live? ›
All vocals must be performed live. No more than 6 people can take part in the performance. The song must not have been publicly released before 1st September; it should not have been performed in public or officially published on any media including but not limited to radio, TV and the Internet*.Does everyone mime at Eurovision? ›
And even though the 2021 final features a recorded performances, all Eurovision entries do sing live, with no miming to be found.