There are only two candidate cities to host the Eurovision Song Contest (ESC) 2023: the list has been shortened from the seven cities previously announced to just Glasgow (Scotland) and Liverpool (England).
The decision came after an assessment process that took place over the last few weeks. Also in the running were Birmingham, Leeds, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield (all in England).
There is still no date for the announcement of the host city of the ESC, which will be decided jointly between the BBC and the European Broadcasting Union (EBU).
Glasgow is Scotland’s largest city and has been a UNESCO City of Music since 2008, hosting hundreds of music events each week. OVO Hydro would be the venue for ESC 2023, being well known for its appearance in the Netflix film Eurovision Song Contest: The Story of Fire Saga.
Liverpool, in England, is the «city of The Beatles» and is also considered a UNESCO City of Music. It has a vast and diverse musical heritage, with several artists and groups from there.
In a note, EBU Executive Supervisor Martin Österdahl said: “The EBU would like to warmly thank all the 7 British cities that put so much effort and enthusiasm into their bids to host next year’s Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of Ukraine. We very much appreciate their cooperation and the quality and creativity of all the bids received. […]. We’re confident our final two cities are the best placed to meet this challenge and look forward to continuing our discussions to choose the one which will stage the world’s largest music event next May”.
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