BRIGHTON has not applied for next year’s Eurovision Song Contest, the Council President has admitted.
Brighton and Hove City Council leader Phelim Mac Cafferty had previously said the city would be “pulling out all the stops” to host the prestigious competition in 2023 as the competition could not be held in Ukraine due to the ongoing Russian invasion .
However, at a meeting of the Council’s Policy and Resources Committee, Cllr Mac Cafferty admitted that no bid was submitted “due to a lack of infrastructure”.
Conservative councilor Samer Bagaeen asked the council leader how much was spent on the bid, after which Cllr Mac Cafferty confirmed “no council funds” had been spent.
“It was clear early on that we didn’t meet the criteria,” he said.
The competition host cities must have a suitable venue with space for at least 10,000 Eurovision fans, as well as sufficient hotel accommodation, a press center for 1,500 journalists and proximity to an international airport.
Brighton pulled out of the race to host a ‘Eurovision-by-the-Sea’ in August after the city failed to meet BBC and European Broadcasting Union (EBU) requirements.
While some Argus readers have suggested that Amex Stadium could be used to host the competition, that likely would have proved impossible after reports a venue would have to be vacant up to eight weeks before the competition – causing conflict with Premier League games could result .
Brighton previously hosted the 1974 competition at the Brighton Dome, which was won by Swedish group Abba with their song ‘Waterloo’ and the late Olivia Newton-John took fourth place for Britain.
Either Glasgow or Liverpool will be chosen to host next year’s Eurovision Song Contest, with the announcement of Graham Norton and Sam Ryder, who took second place for Britain in this year’s competition, to be made on The One Show tonight.
https://www.theargus.co.uk/news/23030566.brighton-did-not-submit-eurovision-bid-council-leader-admits/?ref=rss Brighton ‘haven’t submitted a Eurovision bid’, the council leader admits