Eurovision 2023 hosting: Newcastle will be submitting a bid to host the next contest

Eurovision 2023 hosting: Newcastle will be submitting a bid to host the next contest
Monday, 08 August 2022

  • The city of Newcastle has announced that they will be bidding to host the 67th Eurovision Song Contest next year in the United Kingdom. 

    One more city added officially to the list of cities to bid to host Eurovision 2023, as Newcastle enters the bidding race under the direction of the NewcastleGateshead Initiative. Talking in behalf of the city council, Destination Director, Ian Thomas, stated: 

    This is a once in a generation opportunity to welcome a huge number of international visitors, performers and media to the North East of England and to showcase our world- class culture, rich heritage and vibrant region to the world.

    Our bid is a region-wide effort with support from our local authorities, and public and private sector partners from across the North East as we recognise the enormity of this opportunity.


    Commenting on the city's capacity to host major event Mr. Thomas added: 

    We’ve seen other large events such as the European Professional Rugby Club finals attract 95,000 fans to the region which contributed £24m to our visitor economy in 2019, and World Transplant Games also in 2019 brought in attendees from over 50 countries which pushed hotel occupancy rates up by 13%, supporting the hospitality supply chain and helping to sustain jobs within the industry.

    Eurovision will be on an even bigger scale, and we welcome this fantastic opportunity to bring this to the region.


    EBU's requirements for hosting Eurovision 

    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.


    Newcastle as a potential Eurovision 2023 host city

    Photographs Of Newcastle: Utilita Arena Newcastle

    Newcastle, is a city and metropolitan borough in Tyne and Wear, England. The city is located on the River Tyne's northern bank and forms the largest part of the Tyneside built-up area. The city's population in present time exceeds 300.000. 


    Potential Venue

    The Utilita Arena Newcastle (formerly the Newcastle Arena, Telewest Arena and Metro Radio Arena) is a large indoor arena in the city of Newcastle upon Tyne, England. Owned and operated by ASM Global and sponsored by Utilita Energy, it hosts music, entertainment, sports and business events. The venue can house 11.000 seated spectators. 

    Having also had various professional basketball and ice hockey teams as tenants for much of its history, since 2009 it has had no ice hockey team after the departure of the Newcastle Vipers to the Whitley Bay Ice Rink, and no basketball team since the departure of the Newcastle Eagles to Northumbria University's Sport Central arena in 2010.

    Trasnport Access: Newcastle International Airport is situated on the northern outskirts of the city at Woolsington, near to Ponteland. It is the largest and busiest airport in North East England and the second largest and busiest in Northern England (behind Manchester), handling over five million passengers per year. The airport is connected to Central Newcastle by the Tyne and Wear Metro, with an average journey between Central Station Metro station and Newcastle Airport Metro station taking approximately 20 minutes.


    Accommodation: Newcastle is the commercial, educational and the cultural hub of North East England. Thus, the city offers a wide number of accommodation options to house thousands of visitors. Newcastles stands out for its shopping markets, an intense diverse nightlife and many places for dinning and museum sightseeing. 



    News source: ESCToday/Sky News/ Eurovoix.