Manchester City Council has expressed interest in hosting the next Eurovision Song Contest after Ukraine was forced to drop out.
Due to the ongoing war with Russia, the contest organizers have decided that the 2022 winners, Ukraine, cannot safely host next year’s contest. It was then announced that the UK could potentially host the 2023 event, after singer Sam Ryder finished in second place.
Since Friday’s announcement, a number of cities have shown interest in hosting the competition, including Manchester.
Manchester City Council leader Bev Craig wrote on Twitter: “Hello @bbceurovision it’s Manchester calling.
“Not the circumstances anyone would want given the war in Ukraine. But if it’s a city in the UK, I can’t think of a better place, a great music city and rightly home to a large Ukrainian community.
The idea of hosting the competition was backed by adviser Pat Karney, who said he had been in talks with Craig over the weekend to discuss the finer details of a Eurovision show in Manchester.
Greater Manchester night economy adviser Sacha Lord also backed the idea of bringing Eurovision to the region, writing on Twitter: bringing @Eurovision @bbceurovision in Greater Manchester 2023, would be huge for our city region.
“We’re world famous for our music and I’m confident the right people would give it all the support it needs to make it happen.”
Liverpool have also offered to host the event, with Mayor of Liverpool Joanne Anderson saying: ‘We stand in solidarity with the people of Ukraine and would like Liverpool to be able to host the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 and in doing so pay tribute to their Beautiful country. .
“We are a city of events and no one can throw a party like us. Culture is synonymous with Liverpool and we tick all the boxes to be next year’s host – great venues, an enviable experience, world-renowned musical heritage, UNESCO City of Music status and of course the warm Scouse welcome which simply cannot be beat. ”
Eurovision tradition would see Ukraine host next year’s competition after Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra won in Turin, Italy this year.
However, the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has concluded that the “safety and operational guarantees” required to host the event cannot be met by the Ukrainian public broadcaster due to the Russian invasion.
The UK last hosted Birmingham in 1998 after Katrina and the Waves won. Harrogate, Brighton, Edinburgh and London were also host cities.