Three more cities are being added to the long list of cities keen to host the 67th Eurovision Song Contest, which takes place next May in the UK.
Sheffield City Council has announced that they have submitted the city’s bid for Eurovision 2023. The proposed venue is the 13,600 capacity Utilita Sheffield Arena, built in 1991.
Sheffield is honoured to be bidding to be the Host City for the Eurovision Song Contest in 2023. While Sheffield will be the Host City, we have come together in solidarity as a region to support our bid, drawing on the assets and strengths of our communities across South Yorkshire…
We are working in partnership with Sheffield City Trust, SYMCA, Doncaster, Barnsley and Rotherham councils to deliver the bid application requirements and continue to demonstrate our capability and aspiration to deliver this international event on behalf of the Ukrainian people.
The mayor of Bristol announced on social networks the official submission of a proposal to host Eurovision 2023. With the slogan that they have put the Ukrainians at the heart of their candidacy, Bristol hopes to be the one to win the event.
🇺🇦 Hundreds of Ukrainians now call our City of Sanctuary home – we've put them at the heart of our bid
— Marvin Rees (@MarvinJRees) August 9, 2022
As a venue, Bristol proposes the YTL Arena which is under construction and which will be completed a few months before Eurovision 2023, next May.
The city council of Leeds has announced the submission of their own city’s proposal to host Eurovision 2023. As a venue they propose the First Direct Arena, built in 2013 and with a capacity of approximately 13,000 people.
Excited to announce that Leeds has submitted its bid to host Eurovision 2023 for Ukraine, as part of our year of culture #LEEDS2023.#StandWithUkraine#EurovisionLeeds#Eurovision2023#ESC2023#Leeds4Eurovision4Ukraine pic.twitter.com/KOBVkAQfzC
— Leeds Council News (@LeedsCC_News) August 9, 2022
In two days, on Friday, August 12, it is likely that we will officially know the cities that will definitively claim to host the 67th Eurovision Song Contest, as reported by the British media.
Shortly after Newcastle‘s bid for Eurovision 2023 was made official, the Chronicle, Tyneside’s largest news site, reports in a report today that the BBC will reveal the shortlisted host cities that wish to host the next Eurovision.
The announcement, according to the Chronicle’s publication, will be made through the morning radio broadcast of the BBC’s second program entitled “BBC Radio 2 Breakfast Show“. However, the British public broadcaster has so far neither confirmed nor denied the report.
As it became known a few days ago, the selection process will take place in two rounds. After the first round of nominations, the BBC and the EBU will select the nominations that meet the requirements and have the capacity to host Europe’s biggest televised event.
A decision on where the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will be held is expected to be made in the autumn. According to the BBC, the UK government may be consulted beforehand, but it will be the BBC and the EBU who decide the host city.
The following cities have confirmed that work has begun on their bids:
While the following cities have already indicated their intention to submit their own bids:
Kalush Orchestra won the Eurovision Song Contest 2022 with the song “Stefania“. It was Ukraine‘s third win in the contest’s history.