Will Bristol host Eurovision 2023?

Bristol Mayor Marvin Rees had a surprise announcement for the crowds at Bristol Pride

Bristol has placed a bid to host next year’s Eurovision Song Contest announced Mayor Marvin Rees at the city’s Pride event at the beginning of the month. The announcement comes after the organisers of the event asked the UK to host the competition due to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine, 2022’s winners.

Marvin Rees revealed his plans during a video message at the first Bristol Pride parade held in three years. Brabazon Hangars is the intended site, located on the former Filton Airfield. In this year’s contest, Sam Ryder gave the UK its best result since 1998 and came second with his song, Space Man, finishing on 466 points. The UK has hosted the contest eight times previously: in London four times (1960, 1963, 1968 and 1977), and once in Edinburgh (1972), Brighton (1974), Harrogate (1982) and Birmingham (1998).

Although Bristol has launched its bid, we face stiff competition from Glasgow, London, Manchester and Leeds who have also shown interest. To host Eurovision, some of the reported criteria includes having: an international airport no more than 90 minutes from the city, over 2,000 hotel rooms in the area close to the event, and infrastructure (stadium/venue/centre) capable of hosting a large-scale live broadcasting event.

Bristol Pride, which was attended by thousands of people both in the city streets and at the Downs, was played the video shortly before headliner Carly Rae Jepsen performed. In the video Mr Rees said: “Hello Pride, this is Bristol calling.

“It’s great that everyone is here, in person, for Bristol Pride and I’m excited to talk about another opportunity for Bristol to come together again. “Despite winning the Eurovision Song Contest in May, incredibly sadly, Ukraine won’t host the contest in 2023 and the BBC have been asked to take on Eurovision next year.

“As a global and diverse City of Sanctuary, Bristol can be the caretaker of next year’s Eurovision Song Contest. We’re working in partnership with YTL Arena Bristol on a bid to bring Eurovision to the Brabazon Hangars.

“Bristol has the perfect site where we can custom build the perfect Eurovision Song Contest. We’ve got the Space, Man. You’ll see what I’ve done there.

“Bristol’s ready with a really strong bid and we need you to help us bring this home. We have posted this on social media – please share it. “Tell the world how much you want Bristol to be the next home of Eurovision using our hashtag #ThisIsBristolCalling.”

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