Entertainment 7 reasons why Leeds has to host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest
Battle to host Eurovision: Manchester, Sheffield and London make their pitches to stage show
More than a dozen cities have hinted they want to host Eurovision (pictured) next year, following the announcement today that the competition would be returning to the UK for the first time since 1998. So far Manchester, Sheffield and London have confirmed they will be officially bidding to step in after organisers said 2022 winners Ukraine could not hold the event for 'safety and security reasons'.Currently bookies have Glasgow priced as the most likely city to stage the annual show, with council leader Susan Aitken calling it a 'complete no-brainer' for Eurovision to come to the city.
Leeds is one of the favourites cities to host Eurovision 2023 and we are putting the case forward as to why the other UK destinations competing should be put out of their misery now.
As you’ll likely know, due to the ongoing Ukrainian conflict the country isn’t in a position to host next year’s competition. Instead,and we have the opportunity to celebrate Sam Ryder coming second in this year’s event.
The Eurovision host city will be decided in the coming months with London, Manchester, Birmingham, Liverpool and Sheffield joining Leeds in campaigning to be the competition’s venue. In order to be chosen to hold the competition, cities must demonstrate that they have a 10,000-seater venue and are located within close proximity to an international airport.
Eurovison returns to the UK: Take a look at when Edinburgh hosted the Eurovision Song Contest in 1972
A number of UK cities are vying to host Eurovision 2023 after Ukraine, the most recent winners, cancelled plans to stage the event due to the ongoing war with Russia.Back in 1972, the eyes of the world were on Edinburgh as the Usher Hall hosted the much-loved song competition.
Prospective host cities must also have enough hotel rooms to house 2,000 delegates. The BBC will broadcast the legendary singing competition with Graham Norton one of the favourites to host the fun.
While we are still a little way off any official host being confirmed we’re putting forward the case forto host Eurovision 2023.
As we said, we’ve got the perfect venue for Eurovision 2023 right inwith Leeds Train Station nearby and Leeds Bradford Airport not too far away. We are, of course, talking about . Down the years, the venue has welcomed music superstars such as Sir Elton John, Diana Ross, Prince and Bruce Springsteen among others. So, it is fair to say it has pedigree and what a great way to mark its 10th anniversary which will fall in 2023. As an addition, we'd ask that Brudenell Social Club gets to host a support event or two during the week building up to the main event.
Which UK city could host the Eurovision Song Contest 2023?
They're all fighting it out, but which do you prefer?After winners Ukraine were forced to pull out, the honour of hosting the annual event was passed on to the UK and the BBC, following Sam Ryder’s iconic performance.
Next year is Leeds’ year
We’ve got the big Leeds 2023 campaign of cultural events coming next year. For the whole year, the city is promising to let culture loose. On their website, it states: “We’re gonna create, make, perform, run, bake, eat, share, sing, speak, play and more besides. Because culture is everywhere in this city.” Eurovision in Leeds would be the cherry on top of the cake.
Big event experience
Leeds has so much big event expertise it could call upon should Eurovision be held here in the city. The Infrastructure around the city centre and beyond has been enjoyed for years and years with thousands coming from far and wide to enjoy big annual events likeand a host of popular outdoor festivals at Temple Newsam. That venue is hosting later this year. That collaboration will likely provide further evidence of how well Leeds and the BBC could work together.
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Leeds being the best day out
Eurovision tends to be a week of events so those visiting and competing will want a bit of down time - there’s no better place for this than Leeds. We recently brought you news of the city. carried out a study which saw them analyse 1,393,370 reviews in 20 of the UK’s most popular destinations. Leeds came out on top.
That Yorkshire welcome
Following on from our previous point, there’s nowhere like Yorkshire for a big friendly welcome. The city has ample hotels as well as brilliant bars, pubs and restaurants. If those making the big Eurovision decisions are reading this take a look at theto get just a hint of what is on offer.
The Football link
All roads do often lead to football. We know how big Eurovision is in Scandinavia countries and, as it happens, so are. We regularly see people from that part of the world travelling over to . It is likely Eurovision will take place in May, as it usually does, and the Premier League season will still be ongoing. Eurovision organisers could make fans from a block of countries very, very happy.
Eurovision 2023: Which UK city could host the famous song contest?
They're all fighting it out - but which is the best of all?After winners Ukraine were forced to pull out, the honour of hosting the annual event was passed on to the UK and the BBC, following Sam Ryder’s iconic performance.
The perfect hosts available
Okay, so Eurovision legend Graham Norton should 100 per cent get one of the hosting roles but what about all the famous Leeds celebs who’d be perfect for the other presenting duties. Imagine if we got Keith Lemon, Stephanie Hirst, Chris Moyles, Gabby Logan, Mel B and some of the city’s other famous faces together.
Anyways, these are just some of the reasons why we think Leeds should host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest. You can give us your reasons by commenting on this article.
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Shortlist for UK host cities in the running for Eurovision 2023 is announced .
The process to choose the UK host city continues.Ever since it was confirmed that the UK would be hosting the competition next year instead of Ukraine, several spots around the nation have been vying for the chance to do the honour.