Eurovision 2023: BBC to announce the shorlisted cities for the host city bidding race on August 12

Eurovision 2023: BBC to announce the shorlisted cities for the host city bidding race on August 12
Monday, 08 August 2022

  • The British broadcaster, BBC, has announced that on August 12 they will be revealing the shorlisted cities that continue in the Eurovision 2023 host city bidding race. 

    BBC will be revealing on the BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show between 07:30 CEST and 10:30 CEST, which candidate cities fulfill the conditions to move on to the next stage of the host city bidding race for Eurovision 2023. 

    As soon as EBU announced that the next Eurovision Song Contest will be taking place in the United Kingdom cities from across the region have been announcing their intention to bid to host the next competition. Namely, the following cities have confirmed their plans to bid to host the next contest: 

    • Aberdeen
    • Birmingham
    • Bristol
    • Glasgow
    • Liverpool
    • Newcastle
    • Sheffield
    • Manchester

     Meanwhile a nuber of cities have expressed interest and are working on it : 

    • Belfast
    • Brighton
    • Derry
    • Leeds
    • London
    • Nottingham
    • Sunderland
    • Wolverhampton

    The Eurovision host city bidding race will unfold next over  a two-stage process and to be considered, any potential candidates must meet a set of minimum standards that demonstrate they have the capacity, capability and experience to host an event of this scale and complexity

    In the first one stage during cities will officially submit their bidding proposals to [email protected] from which a number of shorlisted cities will move on to the next round which wil conclude with the the final selection. 


    EBU's requirements for hosting Eurovision 

    Taking into account what has happened int he past, In order for a city to host the Eurovision SOng Contest in 2022 it must meet a specific number of  requirements. Namely the host city must have: 

    • An international airport no more than 90 minutes from the city.

    • Over 2,000 hotel rooms in the area close to the event.

    • An infrastructure (stadium/venue/centre) capable of hosting a large-scale live broadcast with the minimum requirements listed below.

    In addtion the infrastructure should:

    • Be indoors with air-conditioning and have a well defined perimeter;

    • Have an audience capacity in the main hall of around 8,000 – 10,000 during the event (which corresponds to 70% of maximum capacity of that venue for regular concerts, taking into consideration the specific stage and production needs of the Eurovision Song Contest);

    • Have a main hall with the capacity to house the set and all other requirements needed to produce a high level broadcast production (this includes good specifications of load capacity in the roof, clearance to low beams, easy load in access, etc);

    • Have ample space within easy access of the main hall to support additional production needs, such as: a press centre, delegation spaces, dressing rooms, artist facilities, staff facilities, hospitality, audience facilities, etc;

    • Be available exclusively for 6 weeks before the event, 2 weeks during the show (which will take place in May) and a week after the end of the event for dismantling.


    News Source: BBC

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