Cardiff pull out of Eurovision 2023 bid

August 3, 2022

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While many British cities are submitting official bids to host Eurovision 2023, one has already pull out due to scheduling conflicts.

As reported by Wales Online, the Welsh Government, Cardiff Council and The Principality Stadium have collectively said that Cardiff are unable to host Eurovision 2023. This is due to the number of events already taking place at the stadium that would need to be cancelled should Cardiff host the contest. All three parties had previously expressed interest in hosting Eurovision 2023 in the Welsh capital, but not submitted an official bid.  

Here is the joint statement made by the Welsh Government, Cardiff Council and The Principality Stadium:

“Since it was confirmed that the UK would host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest, Cardiff Council, the Welsh Government and Principality Stadium have been working at pace to establish the feasibility of a bid to host the event in Wales’ capital city.”

“Cardiff’s very strong track record in hosting major events, and the world-class Principality Stadium, would have made it a natural fit for such a significant production.”

“The BBC, as the event organisers, have released detailed specifications for each city wishing to bid to host the event. As partners, we have been working through these in detail. It is clear that on many of these Cardiff would have a very strong case to become the host city for Eurovision 2023.”

“However, the complexity of staging the event means that a significant number of scheduled events in the Principality Stadium during Spring 2023 would have to be cancelled as a result. These include the European Wheelchair Rugby Championships, ‘The Road to Principality’, a key event in the WRU Community rugby calendar, and a major international artist contracted to appear, among other events.”

Who will host Eurovision 2023?

While Cardiff may be out of the running, many cities have either submitted an official bid or expressed interest in hosting Eurovision 2023.

Since it was announced in July that UK would host Eurovision 2023, the following 8 cities have submitted official bids to host the contest:

Meanwhile, the following 9 cities have expressed interest:

We will update if any more cities bid/confirm interest in hosting Eurovision 2023 right here on Eurovoxx.

What do you think of Cardiff pulling out of hosting Eurovision 2023? Who do you want to host the contest next year? Let us know in the comments below!

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