Details on how Eurovision 2023 will look in Liverpool just keep on coming, but now we’ve got the big news about one of the most chaotic times in Eurovision season – getting tickets!
Eurovision organisers have urged fans to ensure they have a Ticketmaster UK account made in advance of tickets going on sale. Tickets will only be sold on the UK site.
Organisers have said that you can only buy tickets for one show at a time – and for each order, four tickets can be purchased for any of the three Live shows (the two semi-finals and the Grand Final) and six tickets can be purchased for any of the six Preview rehearsal shows (two shows for each of the semi-finals and the Grand Final).
Tickets are priced between £30 to £380 (€34 to €427), depending on the show, and the type of show.
Here’s a quick breakdown of the shows and the cost:
Semi-Final 1: Here, fifteen countries will battle it out for ten spots in the Grand Final. For the Jury Rehearsal and Family Rehearsal, the results at the end will mean nothing – they are only a rehearsal for the presenters! During the jury rehearsal, professional juries will still vote. However, their votes will not be counted in the final result on Tuesday night, unless the televote for the respective country is regarded invalid or cannot take place, according to Eurovision organisers.
Monday 08/05, 8pm
Tuesday 09/05, 1:30pm
Tuesday 09/05, 8pm
Semi-Final 2: Here, another sixteen countries will battle it out for ten spots in the Grand Final. Similar to Semi-Final 1, the Jury Rehearsal and Family Rehearsal, the results at the end will mean nothing – they are only a rehearsal for the presenters! During the jury rehearsal, professional juries will again vote but these will only be counted in the circumstances outlined above.
Wednesday 10/05, 8pm
Thursday 11/05, 1:30pm
Thursday 11/05, 8pm
Grand Final: The twenty-six countries remaining in the contest will compete for the win on the Saturday night. However they need to get through two shows first: The Jury Rehearsal on the Friday night will allow the juries to vote, where their votes will be combined with the public votes during Saturday’s live show to give a final result. The family rehearsal on the Saturday afternoon is exactly that – a rehearsal! Voting results from the Jury Rehearsal and Family Rehearsal are, yet again, a rehearsal for the real thing – the presenters need to get this right!
Friday 12/05, 8pm
Saturday 13/05, 1:00pm
Thursday 13/05, 8pm
The BBC have said there will be a “set amount” of wheelchair accessible tickets for all shows: “Customers with access requirements can follow instructions on Ticketmaster UK’s website to request a Personal Assistant ticket for free.”
Meanwhile, around 3,000 tickets are being made available for displaced Ukrainians who are living in the United Kingdom.
The British Department for Culture, Media and Sport said in a press release that those based in the UK via the Homes for Ukraine Scheme, the Ukraine Family Scheme and the Ukraine Extension Scheme will be able to apply for tickets.
Mayor of Liverpool Joanne Anderson said “We’re delighted with the news that displaced Ukrainians are being given the opportunity to come to the city in May – this is their Eurovision after all.
“Our team has been working tirelessly behind the scenes and we can’t wait to give them a warm Liverpool welcome and, fingers crossed, do them, the rest of the Ukraine and the UK proud.”