Eurovision 2023 host city race: Liverpool officially bids to host the next contest

Eurovision 2023 host city race: Liverpool officially bids to host the next contest
Tuesday, 09 August 2022

  • Liverpool's City Council has officially confirmed that they have submitted a bid to host Eurovision 2023. 

    Liverpool enters officially the Eurovision 2023 host city bidding race, as the city's council has confirmed that they have submitted their proposal for hosting next year's contest. 

    Liverpool follows this path after  Glasgow, Newscastle, Manchester, Birmingham, London and Sheffield. The city coucil's statement released reads as following: 

    Liverpool has officially submitted its bid to host the Eurovision Song Contest in 2023.

    This is the first phase of the bidding process, and the successful cities to make the shortlist will be announced on BBC Radio 2 on Friday by the European Broadcasting Union.


    Assistant Mayor and Cabinet Member for Culture and Visitor Economy, Councillor Harry Doyle added saying:

    We are excited to have submitted a bid for Liverpool to host Eurovision 2023. 

    Making a major event like this possible in such a short timeframe is complicated and is going to need some careful and creative planning, but we think Liverpool would be the perfect stage to celebrate this unique Eurovision. 

    We look forward to finding out if we have been successful in getting through to the next stage of the process.


    Liverpool as the potential Eurovision 2023 host city

    M&S Bank Arena Liverpool - VisitLiverpool

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    Liverpool is a city and metropolitan borough in Merseyside, England. With a population of 498,042 in 2019, it is the tenth largest English district by population and its metropolitan area is the fifth largest in the United Kingdom, with a population of 2.24 mllion.

    In 2019, Liverpool was the fifth most visited UK city. It is noted for its culture, architecture and transport links. The city is closely associated with the arts, especially music; the popularity of the Beatles, widely regarded as the most influential band of all time. Liverpool is internationally known for music and is recognised by Guinness World Records as the World Capital City of Pop.Musicians from the city have produced 56 No. 1 singles, more than any other city in the world.

    Mathew Street Festival is an annual street festival that is one of the most important musical events in Liverpool's calendar. It is Europe's largest free music event and takes place every August.Other well established festivals in the city include Africa Oyé and Brazilica which are the UK's largest free African and Brazilian music festivals respectively.


    Potential venue: There are numerous music venues located across the city, however the M&S Bank Arena is by far the largest. Liverpool Arena, known for sponsorship reasons as the M&S Bank Arena, and previously Echo Arena, is a multi-purpose indoor arena in the city centre of Liverpool, England. The venue hosts live music, comedy performances and sporting events, and forms part of Liverpool event campus ACC Liverpool – an interconnected arena, exhibition and convention centre.

    Opened in 2008 the 11,000-seat arena hosted the MTV Europe Music Awards the same year and since then has held host to world-renowned acts such as Andrea Bocelli, Beyoncé, Elton John, Kanye West, Kasabian, The Killers, Lady Gaga, Oasis, Pink, Rihanna, UB40.


    Transportation: Liverpool has an extensive local public transport network, which is managed by Merseytravel, and includes buses, trains and ferries. Additionally, the city also has an international airport and a major port, both of which provides links to locations outside the country.

    Liverpool John Lennon Airport, which is located in the south of the city, provides Liverpool with direct air connections across the United Kingdom and Europe. In 2008, the airport handled over 5.3 million passengers and today offers services to 68 destinations.


    Accommodation: Liverpool is the sixth most visited UK city and one of the 100 most visited cities in the world by international tourists. Therefore the city has numerous hotels and places for acccommodation.

    Liverpool has a thriving and varied nightlife, with the majority of the city's late-night bars, pubs, nightclubs, live music venues and comedy clubs being located in a number of distinct districts


    The BBC will be announcing on August 12 the shortlisted cities that wil continue in the second and final stage of the Eurovision 2023 host city bidding race. 


    News Source: Liverpool City Council

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