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Alas, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has announced that the winning country won’t be hosting the 67th Eurovision Song Contest as per tradition, given the ongoing Russia-Ukraine war.
As our entry, Space Man singer Sam Ryder, came second to the Ukrainian folk-rap group Kalush Orchestra, it’s now possible that the UK and the BBC could host next year.
Naturally, the discussion has many wondering… when will Eurovision tickets be on sale?
Here’s what we know so far.
When could Eurovision 2023 tickets go on sale?
It’s a bit too early to be talking about tickets yet, unfortunately.
The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has yet to announce a final host country, city or venue – following their decision that 2022 winners Ukraine are unable to host.
At the time of writing, the EBU is discussing with the BBC whether the UK can hold the 2023 competition, as many had speculated – with Glasgow touted as a possible host city.
In a statement, the EBU explained: ‘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.’
That said, we don’t actually know yet if this will go ahead.
Ukraine, it seems, still wants to host – as Ukraine’s national broadcaster has hit out at the EBU over its decision.
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So, of course, no tickets will be on sale while the Eurovision host country, venue and date are being confirmed.
It’s likely that we’ll hear more about tickets sometime in early 2023, if we look at last year’s sale dates.
For the 66th annual Eurovision Song Contest in Turin, tickets for the semi-finals and live final went on sale on April 7, 2022 – with grand final tickets selling out in just a few weeks.
The contest was then held in mid May, with the Grand Final airing on May 14.
However they have been known to go on sale earlier than this, with the first batch of tickets for the 2020 contest in Rotterdam – before it was cancelled due to the pandemic – going on sale in December 2019.
It’s worth noting – should the UK host – that while tickets for the final normally sell out very quickly, it is just one of nine ticketed shows across contest week.
Others include the two semi-finals, as well as some of the dress rehearsals shows which are performed in front of an audience, and are generally identical to the main event only without the voting.
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