Liverpool’s iconic Pier Head seafront has been confirmed as the venue for Eurovillage during the city’s hosting of the Eurovision Song Contest 2023, and now we know the themes and first artists for the 9 days of performances!
The village will host artists from both Ukraine and the UK, showcasing established performers alongside up-and-coming artists.
Eurovillage 2023: The Line Up
|Date||Time||Theme||Announced Performers and Events|
|Friday 5th May||17.00 – 23.00||Welcome to Eurotopia||Kalush Orchestra|
A supergroup of Liverpudlian and Ukrainian artists, including Natalie McCool, Stealing Sheep, Helleroid, Krapka;KOMA and Iryna Muha
|Saturday 6th May||10.30 – 23.00||A Royally Good Party||A screening of the coronation of King Charles III|
The Royalty Ball, a celebration of the vogue scene hosted by House of Suarez
|Sunday 7th May||12.00 – TBC||Firstival||Performers from CBBC and CBeebies, including Andy and the Odd Socks|
Local artists from the LIMF Academy, including Ni Maxine, Mic Lowry and the House Gospel Choir
|Monday 8th May||12.00 – 23.00||This Is Ukraine||Artists from BBC Introducing|
|Tuesday 9th May||12.00 – 23.00||A Nigh At The Opera||The English National Opera does Eurovision|
Live: Semi-final one
|Wednesday 10th May||12.00 – 23.00||United By Music||A programme of artists presented by the National Lottery|
|Thursday 11th May||12.00 – 23.00||Jamala presents QIRIM||Jamala performing her new album QIRIM, inspired by Crimean folk songs and accompanied by the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra|
Live: Semi-final two
|Friday 12th May||12.00 – 00.00||EuroEve||Tik Tok’s Eurovision legends|
Charlotte Church’s Late Night Pop Dungeon
|Saturday 13th May||14.00 – late||The Main Event||Katrina|
Live: Grand final
Entry to the village will be free on almost all days, with the exception of the grand final on 13th May. This will be a ticketed event, with tickets costing £15 each. They will be going on sale tomorrow, 14th April (midday UK time), here at Ticket Quarter.
More information about the line up will be released in the coming weeks.
What we know about Eurovillage 2023
The Eurovillage is an area of the city – typically held in the city centre – to promote the Contest. Traditionally, participants give concerts at the Village and thousands of fans unable to get tickets for the shows come together to watch the Contest unfold. For the 2022 Contest, the Eurovillage was located at the Parco del Valentino, 3 kilometres away from the arena.
For 2023, Pier Head will play host to the Eurovillage from roughly the 5th to the 13th of May, as Liverpool welcomes the world for the Contest. The seafront is iconic and is home to some of Liverpool’s most recognisable landmarks. The Liver Building, Beatles Museum and City Hall all are located in the stretch along the River Mersey. The site was already known to be considered in Liverpool’s bid to host the show. Now, following the release of a tender for show security, the area is now formally designated as the venue for the Eurovillage.
Check out Pier Head and more in our tour of Liverpool!
United Kingdom’s Eurovision journey
Despite a recent slump in results, the UK is one of the most successful countries at the Eurovision Song Contest. Debuting at the second edition ever of the Contest in 1957, the United Kingdom has won the competition on five separate occasions. The most recent win for the UK was in 1997 with Katrina and the Waves, singing “Love Shine A Light”. The UK also holds the record for the number of second place finishes – currently at 16.
In 2022, the UK was represented by Sam Ryder with his song “SPACE MAN”. The performance managed to impress juries and televoters, and the UK finished in second place with 466 points, their best placing since 1998.
Will you be heading down to the Eurovillage? Who are you most excited to see? As always, let us know what you think by commenting below. Also, be sure to follow ‘That Eurovision Site’ on Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and Tiktok as we prepare for Eurovision 2023!
News Source: Eurovision.tv
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