Tickets for the Eurovision Song Contest in Liverpool are set to go on sale on Tuesday 7 March, the BBC has announced. Fans will be able to purchase tickets for nine shows – two live semi-finals and the grand final, as well as six previews doubling up as dress rehearsals. Prices range from £90 to £290 for the live semi-finals and £160 to £380 for the live grand final.
In addition, 3,000 Ukrainians living in the UK on three visa programmes – Homes for Ukraine, Ukraine Extension Scheme and Ukraine Families Scheme – will be able to enter into a ballot for a ticket. The cost will be subsidised by the government but there will be a £20 charge per sale.
To purchase tickets, users must register an account on Ticketmaster UK. Only tickets for one show at a time can be purchased per user. Ted Lasso’s Hannah Waddingham will co-host the event alongside other presenters.
The semi-finals will take place on Tuesday 9 and Thursday 11 May, with 10 songs from each of the two qualifying rounds going through to the final on Saturday 13 May. The UK government has put forward £10m towards the cost of hosting the song contest, while local authorities in Liverpool have pledged £4m. The BBC is expected to put forward between £8m and £17m as host broadcaster.
For those who don’t get tickets, there will be a two-week festival taking place in Liverpool, including a submarine parade and a rave which will take place simultaneously in Kyiv as well. There will also be a Eurovision village, the official fan zone of the contest for 25,000 people, where fans can watch both semi-finals and the final on big screens.
The BBC podcast Eurovisioncast is available on BBC Sounds and provides all the build-up, insights and analysis for the event.