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Katie Fitzpatrick

Eurovision 2023 presenters say you're still 'welcome' to join the party in Liverpool even if you haven't got a ticket - and here's how

Eurovision presenters say fans will still be welcomed with 'open arms' to the city of Liverpool after tickets to the live event sold out within minutes after they went on sale in March. The Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will take place at the Liverpool Arena on Saturday, May 13 with Semi-Finals on Tuesday 9 and Thursday 11.

But Rylan Clark and Scott Mills, who will host BBC Radio 2's coverage of the grand final, and Wirral Olympian Sam Quek, who will host The Turquoise Carpet Opening Ceremony with Ukrainian Eurovision presenter Timur Miroshnychenko on Sunday, May 7, have reassured fans won't feel left out even if they don't have a ticket.

"If you're coming and you can't get tickets and you want to get involved, Liverpool is going to welcome you with open arms," said Sam at the Eurovision media launch event at the city's British Music Experience. She added: "If you need directions over to the arena everyone is genuinely going to welcome you. We love a party, and we love a celebration."

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Scott agreed: "It doesn't matter of you don't have a ticket, there's so much going on. Working on it for 10 plus years I've never seen as many events and special things going on in a city as this."

And Rylan said: "You'e really in for the biggest show on earth because these guys really know what they're doing and we cannot wait to see it brought to life."

Sam Quek at the BBC Eurovision Song Contest 2023 Media Launch (PA)

Located at Pier Head, a Eurovision Village is set to be the main hub for fans for the first two weeks of May, hosting live performances and screenings of the Grand Final and the two semi-finals. EuroClub at Camp and Furnace will be hosting nightly Eurovision fiestas until the early hours from Friday May 5 until Saturday May 13. Guest performers already announced include Conchita Wurst, Charlotte Perrelli, KEiiNO and Linda Martin.

Organised by dedicated fans of the Eurovision Song Contest at Fusion on Fleet Street, EUROfansCLUB is a series of club nights taking place from Monday May 8 to Saturday May 13 with guest performances from some Eurovision favourites.

St. George’s Hall is the venue of The National Lottery’s Big Eurovision Welcome. Taking place on the evening of Sunday May 7, 30,000 tickets are available to the public for free, thanks to The National Lottery and AJ Odudu will be on hosting duties for the evening.

Screenings of the 67th Eurovision Song Contest Grand Final and semi-finals are happening across the host city. If you're in Liverpool for the event, but without a ticket for the live shows, there'll be spots across town to watch it all unfold. Just some of the venues offering live screenings are: The Tate Liverpool, The British Music Experience, The World Museum, Everyman Playhouse and St. George's Hall. For more information click here.


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