It’s official. Europe’s biggest song contest is coming to the home of Cilla, Scouse Prinny Rammers and the Superlambanana.
By now, we’re sure you’re aware that both the UK and Ukraine are co-hosting Eurovision 2023 in Liverpool, and everyone at Digital Media Team is elated that our fellow North-West city will be the home for such a massive event. Our team is full of Eurovision fans who can’t believe Europop royalty like Mahmood, Netta, Verka Seduchka, Daði Freyr and, of course, Loreen, will be gracing our corner of the country just next month. Chances are that you’ve probably missed out on tickets to the Grand Final at the M&S Bank Arena on Saturday, 13th May 2023, but don’t worry if you fear you’ll be in Liverpool City Centre with nothing to do. We’ve put together a rundown of Eurovision-themed festivities going on in and around Liverpool over Eurovision week.
Of course, the number one place to be if you haven’t got tickets to the arena is the Eurovision Village. Opening on Friday 5th of May and running until the Grand Final on the 13th, the village is “set to be the main hub for fans and locals to soak up the celebratory atmosphere”.
Located at Pier Head, the village will feature themed nights, Ukrainian delicacies, DJ sets and live performances from the likes of The Vengaboys, Katrina (formerly of “and the Waves”), and Sophie Ellis-Bextor.
If you’re heading down on any day before the final, feel free to walk in with no charge. However, folks who want to be there for the electric atmosphere of the Saturday’s final, tickets are £15 and can be purchased from Ticket Quarter. But hurry - they’re selling fast!
Honestly, what isn’t Baltic Triangle doing for Eurovision this year? The event space has created a Peace Garden for Ukraine, and is hosting a wide range of events including a Eurovision-inspired Bongo’s Bingo on Friday 12th of May featuring Katrina (again, of “and the Waves”) and the artists formerly known as Buck’s Fizz, now known as “The Fizz”. The Sunday ahead of Eurovision will see “Rave UKraine”, a simulcast day rave across Liverpool and Kyiv, features DJs including Hot Chip and DJ Paulette and costs just £10.20 a ticket on Dice. Finally, there will be a huge “Eurovision Ultimate Party” in the courtyard on the day of the big finale. Although the event seems to have sold out on Design My Night, the details suggest that tables will be given out on a first-come, first served basis, so try and get down there quickly if you can!
GBar Street Party
In addition to two massive club nights on the Thursday and Friday, the infamous Liverpool nightclub GBar has announced a ticketed Street Party and Live Final Screening of the competition. Expect drag, drinks, and a whole lot of drama as the scores unfold. Tickets are available from Skiddle at just £10pp, a few bob cheaper than the village party.
There’s a packed programme of events going on across Liverpool’s National Museums, including live screenings, after-hours events and performances. Both the 9th and 11th May will bring Eurovision XTRA events to the Museum of Liverpool, featuring DJ sets, live performances, vogueing, and hosting by RuPaul’s Drag Race UK winner, Liverpool-born Danny Beard. There’s also EuroKids, a gig especially for 3-8 year olds and their parents to rock out to some Eurovision hits of the past, and for the even younger ones, there’s a Babies do Eurovision event, where parents and babies alike can learn nursery rhymes from different Eurovision countries!
Camp & Furnace
This one’s really putting the camp in Camp & Furnace - they’ve announced EuroClub 2023, an eight-day-long lineup of live performances from iconic acts of years gone by. We’re talking Conchita Wurst, Jemini, the legendary SuRie, and even Jedward! The names just keep on coming, too, with the UK’s 1991 entry Samantha Womack recently announced. That’s gay icon Ronnie Mitchell from Eastenders, for those in the know.
Located on the beautiful Royal Albert Dock, the Tate Liverpool is already a gateway between Liverpool and the rest of the world. That’s why it comes as no surprise they’re hosting “The Spirit of Eurovision”, a Late at Tate special event, on the 4th May. The event will feature live music and performances, talks, workshops, installations and fashion inspired by the joyous spirit of the song contest.
British Music Experience
Finally, if you’re looking for a proper viewing experience in one of Liverpool’s most unique venues, make sure you grab tickets to the British Music Experience’s Eurovision Grand Final viewing party. In addition to the (rightfully cheesy) puns on the site, they’re serving up a bunch of flamboyant festivities while being surrounded by iconic music memorabilia (including our man Sam Ryder’s spaceman outfit from last year!).
Get yourself down there and enjoy Eurovision-themed drinks including Buck’s Fizz, the Gina G&T (we’ll probably have just a little bit, and then a little bit more), as well as two complimentary glasses of Prosecco with your ticket.
Liverpool has seriously pulled out all the stops with this one, and we couldn’t be more excited! Make sure you’re following our TikTok, where members of our team will be posting what they get up to during the big week. We hope to see you there!
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