With the UK set to host the 2023 edition of the world’s biggest song competition on behalf of 2022 winners Ukraine, fans from across the globe will descend on Liverpool on Saturday 13 May – and for those keen to watch one of the live shows in person, tickets go on sale today.
Eurovision fans who want to try their chances at securing tickets to either one of the Semi Finals or the Grand Final itself will need to be poised and ready.
It’s not just the televised shows that fans can grab tickets for either, as there’s a total of nine live shows at the this year’s Contest – which is being staged at the Liverpool Arena from Monday 8 May, until the main event on Saturday 13 May.
There’ll be an Afternoon Preview Show and an Evening Preview Show for both of the two Semi Final events and the Grand Final, all before the Live TV Shows are then recorded at 8pm that evening, and studio audiences are to head on down and sing to their heart’s content at each one.
Fancy having a crack at securing tickets then? Here’s everything you need to know.
What time do tickets go on sale? And how much do they cost?
Tickets to the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 go on sale at 12pm (GMT) on Tuesday 7 March.
Tickets are priced from £30 to £290 for each of the Semi Final shows, and from £80 to £380 for the Grand Final shows – all depending on the seats and packages.
How many tickets can I buy?
You can only buy tickets for one show at a time.
For the three live televised shows, customers can purchase a maximum of four tickets in one order, but for the six preview shows, you can buy a maximum of six tickets.
What’s the differences between each show?
The Afternoon Preview Show – usually referred to as the ‘Family Show’ – is a full run-through of that day’s Live TV Show, and serves as one final rehearsal for the artists and crew, and as the name suggests, it’s much more convenient for those who wish to bring younger Eurovision fans.
The Evening Preview Show – often referred to as the ‘Jury Show’ – is also a full run-through of that day’s Live TV Show when it comes to the Semi Finals, but in the case of the Grand Final, it’s when the international juries cast their votes for the participants.
And then the Live TV Show is exactly what it says on the tin.
Where do I buy tickets?
Tickets will only be available to purchase from Ticketmaster, regardless of the country you’re booking from, and you can only purchase tickets for one show at a time.
You must have a Ticketmaster account to purchase tickets, and fans are encouraged to create their account in advance of Tuesday 7 March.
How tricky will it be to get tickets? What’s my best shot at securing them?
As it probably goes without saying, demand for tickets is expected to be high, but as fans who have travelled to a Contest before will tell you, traditionally, it can be easier to secure tickets for the Preview Shows than one of the Live TV Shows.
“Preview Shows have all of the content and performances of the broadcast shows, but leave you free to watch the Live TV Show as it was intended… on the television,” Eurovision says.
The Government has already announced earlier this year that 3,000 tickets will be made available for those Ukrainians who have been forced from their homes and are living in the UK – meaning they can attend one of the Live Shows and help mark the Ukrainian group Kalush Orchestra’s victory at last year’s Contest.
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ITV confirms release date for new single parents dating show dubbed ‘middle-aged Love Island’
ITV has confirmed that its brand-new dating series for single parents is officially a thing, and it’s hitting our screens later this year.
It had long been rumoured that ITV had a somewhat Love Island-inspired spin-off series geared more towards those looking for love in the middle of their lives in the works, with reports hotly-tipping it to hit screens soon first surfacing back in July of last year – but nothing was actually set in stone at that point.
Then it was revealed back in January that, after months of speculation, all the rumours were true, as the broadcaster was actively casting for contestants and calling on single parents across the UK to get their applications in.
Already having been dubbed “middle-aged Love Island”, but previously called the working title of The Romance Retreat, ITV explained when it first put out the casting call that the new series would see a group of “vibrant single parents” from across the UK all meet under one roof, and that it was set to be the only dating show where they can search for love in a safe space.
Now, coming up to six months after that initial casting call, ITV has confirmed that the long-awaited series is finally set to hit TV screens later this autumn.
Given the new official title of My Mum, Your Dad, and hosted by legendary TV presenter Davina McCall, ITV took to social media yesterday to reveal that the “secret is finally out”.
Teasing a little more information about the new show, ITV explained: “My Mum, Your Dad is a brand-new series following a group of single parents looking for a second chance at love. They’ve been nominated by their grown-up kids, but what they don’t know is that their kids are watching their every move, playing matchmaker and holding cushions over their faces as they watch the shenanigans.”
An exact release date for the show is expected to be announced by ITV in due course, so you’ll need to keep your eyes peeled.
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Matty Healy delivers perfect reply to being called a ‘slack-jawed f***wit’ by Noel Gallagher live on stage
Matty Healy is once again poking the beehive and after being called a “slack-jawed f***wit’ by Noel Gallagher, The 1975 frontman delivered the perfect comedic response to his comments.
Healy was on stage in Dublin on Wednesday, 7 June, essentially warming up for himself after American singer Caroline Polachek had to pull out of the show, playing an hour of additional 1975 songs that didn’t make it onto the headline setlist.
A much more informal set than the main show — just Matty, a guitar, a keyboard his laptop and a little help from bandmate Jamie Squire — he spent lots of time chatting with the crowd and at one point, addressed the Manc music legend’s recent roasting.
The former Oasis songwriter and guitarist was sitting down with The Spin when the interviewer asked what he made of Matty Healy’s comments that he and brother Liam should “stop marding” and get back together — to which Noel said: “Oh, that slack-jawed f***wit… He needs to get over how shit his band is and split up.” Bit harsh but the 34-year-old seemed to take it in stride and had his own cold comeback.
Clearly enjoying having riled up the 56-year-old, Healy fired back by saying “The difference between me and Noel is I do a series of interviews to promote an album, whereas he does an album to promote a series of interviews”.
As one person posted in the comments, “I’m not the biggest 1975 fan but he’s absolutely mugged him off here”, and a lot of people tended to agree.
Healy did assure the cheering crowd that he and the band all “love Noel Gallagher” and claimed that they even “asked Liam to open up for [them] but he was busy” — we would have paid good money to see that happen.
Nevertheless, we’re certainly enjoying this hilarious little spat between the two and whatever you make of the two of them, they sure. Also, Matty’s right, the Gallagher bros should just get over it already and give the people what they want: an Oasis reunion. One day, we can always pray.