Eurovision 2023: Leeds officially submits bid to host the contest

by Sanjay (Sergio) Jiandani 498 views

The next city to confirm that it is officially submitting a bid to host Eurovision 2023 is Leeds!

Thus Leeds joins the list of potential Eurovision 2023 host cities who have officially submitted a bid to host the event: Newscastle, Glasgow, Manchester, Birmingham, London, Liverpool and Sheffield.

The Leeds City Council has officially applied to host the competition next year in the UK.


About Leed’s Eurovision Bid

Leeds intends to host Eurovision 2023 if the UK accepts the EBU’s invite at the First Direct Arena which can house circa 13,000 spectators. The venue opened its doors in 2013 and hosted numerous concerts. Leeds is served by the Leeds Bradford international airport and has a large number of international flight connections.

If Leeds gets to host the competition next year it will be second time that the Eurovision Song Contest travels to Yorkshire, as the 1982 was held in Harrogate.

The Host Bidding Race has kicked off

The BBC has opened the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest Host City Bidding Process. The potential city has to meet a series of requirements in order to win the coveted bid:

  • An indoor venue that can house circa 10,000 spectators
  • An international airport in close proximity
  • Hotel capacity (2,000 rooms available) for delegations, artists, journalists and accredited officials
  • An efficient transport system in the city
  • Infrastructure/ venues/ locations to house the Eurovision Village, Press Centre, Delegation Bubble, Euroclub, Opening Ceremony Event, Turquoise Carpet.

The EBU will be releasing the shortlist of potential Eurovision 2023 host city via on BBC Radio 2 on Friday 12 August via BBC 2 Radio’s ‘Good Morning Show’ , whilst the the name of the 2023 Eurovision Host City will be disclosed by Autumn.

Source: BBC/ Leeds City Council
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