Claire McColgan, director of Culture Liverpool, Bill Addy, chief executive at the Liverpool Bid Company and Faye Dyer, managing director of the ACC Group, at Liverpool M&S Arena (Picture: PA)
With the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 just a few months away, here is everything you need to know about the Liverpool event.
While the UK entry for the long-running competition has yet to be confirmed, many other details are.
Earlier today, the slogan and branding for the glitzy bash were unveiled, with the former using the Penny Lane typeface, in reference to The Beatles’s hit 1967 song.
Meanwhile, artwork showing hearts beating together in the colours of the Ukrainian and UK flags were also revealed.
Ukraine took the win last year with Kalush Orchestra but was deemed unable to host this year because of the Russian invasion.
As the UK came second at the European event with singer Sam Ryder, it took over the responsibility for organising the event before Liverpool was revealed as the host city.
Here is everything you need to know about the date, location and how to get tickets for Eurovision 2023.
When is Eurovision 2023?
The Eurovision 2023 logo has been announced (Picture: Eurovision Song Contest)
An official handover ceremony and allocation draw, hosted by Rylan Clark and AJ Odudu, will take place tonight, and will also be broadcast from Liverpool’s St George’s Hall from 6pm on BBC Two.
At the draw, most participating countries will find out which semi-final they will compete in.
Taking place on May 9 and 11, the semi-finals will see the 31 competitors reduced to 20 acts after a public vote.
The main event, meanwhile, will be held on Saturday May, 13.
Where will Eurovision 2023 take place?
Sam Ryder came in second place in last year’s Eurovision (Picutre: AFP via Getty Images)
The Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will take place at the 11,000-capacity Liverpool Arena.
Previous artists who have performed at the massive venue include the 1975 and Lewis Capaldi, as well as comedian Peter Kay.
When will tickets go on sale?
Kalush Orchestra from Ukraine after winning the 2022 Eurovision Song Contest in Turin, Italy (Picture: REUTERS)
Tickets are not on sale yet for Eurovision and, so far, no further details about how to buy them have been released.
However, to be the first to find out when they’re available to snap up, sign up for the official Eurovision newsletter.
The good news is that there will be a total of nine shows fans can buy tickets for, including the grand final, first semi-final and the jury show.
What do we know about the UK entry?
Graham Norton announced the Eurovision 2023 host city on The One Show (Picture: BBC One)
While the UK’s entrant is yet to be announced, former Sex Pistols star John Lydon is competing to represent Ireland.
His band Public Image Ltd their bid earlier this month, with plans to perform a previously unheard song titled Hawaii, which is dedicated to his Lydon’s wife Nora, who has Alzheimer’s.
The Eurovision Song Contest airs May 13 on BBC One.
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