The candidates are Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield
7 British cities have entered the shortlist of candidate locations to host next year’s Eurovision Song Contest. These are Birmingham, Glasgow, Leeds, Liverpool, Manchester, Newcastle and Sheffield who will compete to organize the event in May.
Twenty cities have submitted their candidacy – the BBC announced – including London and Belfast. The UK was chosen to host the competition after organizers decided it could not be hosted by Ukraine, the 2022 winner, for obvious security and logistical reasons given the ongoing conflict with Russia.
And England was the natural candidate to take over, as British singer Sam Ryder finished second this year in Turin. After the assignment to England, the usual competition between the cities of the host country began, which is coveted by both the thousands of visitors and the attention of about 160 million viewers around the world.
The shortlist took into account a series of requirements necessary for the organization of the large and complex event, starting with the presence in the candidate cities of a fairly large arena that can be free for at least 6 weeks before the event to allow organization in and around the infamous Eurovision Village.
From the point of view of the location, according to what Adnkronos learns from BBC sources, the most advantaged city seems to be Manchester with the AO Arena which has a capacity of 21,000 people, followed by Resorts World in Birmingham (15,685 spectators in capacity), Glasgow’s OVO Hydro (14,300), Leeds First Direct (13,781), Sheffield’s Utilita Arena (13,600), Newcastle’s Utilita Arena (11,000) and Liverpool’s M&S Bank Arena (11,000).