Brighton is bidding to host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest

ALL efforts are being made to host next year’s Eurovision Song Contest in the city.

The ongoing war in Siegerland Ukraine prompted the European Broadcasting Union (EBU) to look for an alternative host.

Last month The Argus announced that the council would be interested in hosting the competition.

Brighton and Hove City Council leader Phelim Mac Cafferty said yesterday he would be “pulling out all the stops” to allow the city to stage the prestigious competition after the “otherwise tragic” circumstances in Ukraine.

The Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra from Argus won this year's competition with their song StefaniaThe Ukrainian band Kalush Orchestra won this year’s competition with their song Stefania

Councilor Mac Cafferty said: “In Brighton and Hove we would pull out all the stops to be the ‘next best’ host.

“We firmly believe that as a city that has previously hosted Eurovision, we have the people, the sheer musical talent and a proud place on the global stage to make Eurovision 2023 just as memorable and awesome as it was in 1974.

“We would be very honored to make our contribution. We said so when it was announced last month that the UK could be invited to host Eurovision.

The Argus: ABBA congratulate each other in Brighton after winning the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest for Sweden "Waterloo"ABBA congratulate each other in Brighton after winning the 1974 Eurovision Song Contest for Sweden with “Waterloo”.

“We have already contacted the relevant government bodies to clarify this.

“We are currently awaiting further information on dates, event capacities and other requirements that the EBU may have.

“But we’re incredibly excited to be one of the UK cities putting our name in the hat.”

Pop group Abba won the competition for Sweden in 1974 at the Brighton Dome, which then had a capacity of 2,100.

It was announced yesterday that Great Britain will host the singing competition.

Several UK cities have confirmed they will make an official bid, including London, Sheffield and Manchester.

The Argus: Fatboy Slim headlined the On The Beach Festival last Thursday and FridayFatboy Slim headlined the On The Beach Festival last Thursday and Friday

The competition has been held eight times in the UK, including four in London, once in Edinburgh, Birmingham and Harrogate.

Last year the EBU’s host city criteria were based on providing a venue with seating for at least 10,000 spectators, a press center within easy reach of an international airport and sufficient hotel accommodation.

The capacity of the Brighton Center is around 4,500 while that of the Brighton Dome is around 1,700. The County Cricket Ground in Hove has a capacity of around 6,000.

The Argus: Paul Weller at the Brighton Center in AprilPaul Weller at the Brighton Center in April

Brighton and Hove Albion’s Amex Stadium in Falmer has a capacity of nearly 32,000.

The stadium last hosted a major music event when Fatboy Slim performed in front of 40,000 fans over two nights in June 2012.

Brighton Beach could be another option in the council’s bid to host the competition.

A poll by The Argus found that 74 percent of our readers supported the city hosting the competition.

The Argus: Fatboy Slim hosted an event at Amex Stadium 10 years agoFatboy Slim held an event at Amex Stadium 10 years ago

Leeds, Liverpool, Newcastle, Birmingham, Aberdeen, London, Bristol, Belfast, Cardiff and Nottingham have also expressed interest.

The BBC will broadcast the competition.

Tim Davie, Director General of the BBC said: “The BBC aims to make the event a true reflection of Ukrainian culture while showcasing the diversity of British music and creativity.

“The BBC will now begin the process of finding a host city that will work with us to host one of the most exciting events of 2023 in the UK.”

MPs Lloyd Russell-Moyle and Peter Kyle backed Brighton’s bid, as did Councilor Carol Theobald. Brighton is bidding to host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest

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