UNITED KINGDOM – Cities across the country have been putting their names forward to stage the annual music extravaganza since organisers revealed last month that they were in talks with the BBC to “potentially” bring the event to the UK.
Next year’s contest would have normally taken place in Ukraine after the band Kalush Orchestra won the 2022 competition in Turin, but the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) has ruled that the war-torn nation cannot act as host following Russia’s invasion.
Because Sam Ryder finished as runner-up to Ukraine, the UK is in line to stage the contest.
The Local Democracy Reporting Service understands that the local authority is working with Invest Newcastle on the project, with talks having already been held with the BBC and organisers in a previous host city.
Coun Alex Hay, the council’s cabinet member responsible for tourism, said: “Newcastle is a welcoming, well-connected and ambitious city with a proven track record of staging world-class events.
“Obviously it would be wonderful to host Eurovision and we believe that Newcastle would be a perfect host city. We are looking forward to hearing more about the bidding process and are already working with partners to explore the opportunity.”
There has been no confirmation of which venue would be chosen to stage Eurovision in Newcastle, though the 11,000-capacity Utilita Arena would seem the obvious choice. 2023 would come too soon for the new £300m arena and conference centre due to be built on Gateshead Quayside.