It’s just been announced as we write that Liverpool will be hosting Eurovision 2023 and oh, the joy of it! The honour of hosting has gone to our lovely city and although we send our condolences to Glasgow, we’re pretty overjoyed.
At first there were seven cities selected from tons of candidates and then two were shortlisted: Glasgow and Liverpool. Scouse hearts skipped a beat as the city had the chance of hosting a colossal European event in what is a multi-cultural, diverse city.
The decision to hold it in the UK this time around was due to the war in Ukraine, where the contest was supposed to be held and those deciding which city got to host wanted Ukrainian culture to be championed. Liverpool, of course, champions many cultures.
So why Liverpool?
Uhh, because we’re the best and I’ll tell you why. The city exactly fits the criteria to host, as set out by the Host City Selection Committee, and then some.
For example, the event will attract around 10,000 spectators, plus people arriving for work such as journalists covering Eurovision 2023. Liverpool already attracts 67.3 million tourists a year so it already has the hotels and infrastructure to cope with such an influx of people.
Liverpool was also named European Capital of Culture in 2008 and it’s also a UNESCO Music City, owing to the huge culture around music that has been built in Liverpool. Everywhere you go in Liverpool you will hear musicians playing in the street and the population’s enthusiasm for music is tangible.
Also, Glasgow did get to host COP26 and it’s time for Liverpool to have some more exposure on the world stage! Plus, imagine how great the city centre will be for hosting afterparties. People travel here to have fun nights out and the city will just be filled with happy faces.
The M&S Bank Arena is definitely big enough to host Eurovision 2023 and it’s surrounded by Liverpool’s centre, which has culture in spades. Plus, there’s nobody friendlier than a Scouser. It’s just a fact. It’s the perfect location, there’s no doubt about it!