How to get Eurovision 2023 tickets: How much they would cost and what we know about when tickets are on sale

Eurovision may be held in the UK, despite Ukrainian officials insisting it could be held safely in their country next year.

Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra came first in the competition, while the UK’s Sam Ryder came second.

But security concerns have made organising an event in Kyiv more difficult.

Many British fans will be hopeful about getting a ticket. Here’s everything you need to know.

How do I get Eurovision tickets?

At the moment it is all a bit up in the air.

After the UK came second it is now in the running to host next year’s competition, so may will be hoping to get tickets.

Prices can vary considerably and last year’s in Italy were selling for as much as €350, while some lucky people managed to snap them up for just €10.

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There are also often special batches for people in Eurovision fan clubs.

According to Eurovision World tickets usually go on sale late the year before, or early the year of the competiton.

They have listed the last 10 years ticket release dates as:

  • Eurovision 2013: 26 November 2012
  • Eurovision 2014: 29 November 2013
  • Eurovision 2015: 15 December 2014
  • Eurovision 2016: 26 November 2015
  • Eurovision 2017: 14 February 2017
  • Eurovision 2018: 30 November 2017
  • Eurovision 2019: 18 February 2019
  • Eurovision 2020: 12 December 2019 
  • Eurovision 2021: No public sale
  • Eurovision 2022: 7 April 2022

Why could Eurovision be held in the UK?

Typically Eurovision is held in the country that won the previous year.

However, Ukraine won this year, and the country is at war following Russia’s invasion of its territory.

It means the European Broadcasting Union is now looking to the BBC to potentially host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest in the UK.

In a statement, the said: “Given the ongoing war since the Russian invasion of this year’s winning country, the EBU has taken the time to conduct a full assessment and feasibility study with both UA:PBC and third-party specialists including on safety and security issues.

“Following objective analysis, the Reference Group, the ESC’s governing board, has with deep regret concluded that, given the current circumstances, the security and operational guarantees required for a broadcaster to host, organse and produce the Eurovision Song Contest under the ESC Rules cannot be fulfilled by UA:PBC.

“As a result of this decision, in accordance with the rules and to ensure the continuity of the event, the EBU will now begin discussions with the BBC, as this year’s runner up, to potentially host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest in the United Kingdom.”

The BBC has been quietly preparing for the possibility of the UK being asked to stage the event, i understands.

It said on Thursday: “We have seen the announcement from the EBU. Clearly these aren’t a set of circumstances that anyone would want. Following their decision, we will of course discuss the BBC hosting the Eurovision Song Contest.”

A UK Government spokesman told i that, while Downing Street hopes the competition can still be held in Ukraine, “we would of course welcome the opportunity to work with Ukraine and the BBC to host it here”.

The ceremony should emphasise Ukrainian victory and pay tribute to the country’s culture, he added.

Where in the UK might host?

There is speculation Glasgow’s OVO Hydro arena could be chosen as the venue.

Nicola Sturgeon, Scotland’s First Minister, said the Scottish Government is “happy to discuss” the possibility.

Sam Ryder came second for the UK (Photo: Jo Hale/Redferns)

She tweeted: “We wish @Eurovision could be in Ukraine but understand that in circumstances this isn’t possible. However, I can think of a perfect venue on banks of the River Clyde!! @scotgov is happy to discuss with BBC, @GlasgowCC @EBU_HQ and others”.

The leader of Manchester council, Bev Craig, suggested her city should also be considered as a potential host.

She tweeted: “Not the circumstances that anyone would want given the war in Ukraine. But if it’s to be a UK city – I can’t think of anywhere better, a great music city and fittingly home to a large Ukrainian community.”

The cost of staging Eurovision is around £25m, with about £5m granted from the EBU to the host broadcaster.


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