Why stay home, when you can join the Eurovision family and watch the live shows in the audience, waving your flag! Or join thousands of others and watch together in the Eurovision Village. There is always a great atmosphere in the city organising Eurovision.
In this Eurovision special we keep you up to date on the event dates and hosting city. How to join Eurovision live shows, how to get tickets, where to stay and a list of pre-parties and concerts around Europe.
The Eurovision Song Contest 2020 will be held in The Netherlands, after the victory of Duncan Laurence with his song Arcade in Tel Aviv.
Eurovision host city 2020
The host city and dates for Eurovision 2020 still have to be announced. The decision is expected at the end of summer. You don't have to wait for this: book a cancellable hotel in all possible cities.
The dates: May 2020
Eurovision 2020 dates are still to be determined.
Tuesday TBA May (first semi Final)
Thursday TBA May (second semi Final)
Saturday TBA May (the Grand Final)
All Jury Finals take place on the day before the TV live shows with the Dress Rehearsals shows in the afternoon before the big night. General rehearsals will start the week before, but these can only be attended by journalists.
Eurovision candidate cities
No less than 9 cities presented themselves as possible candidates for hosting Eurovision 2020 in the Netherlands. Only 2 cities are still in the race.
Unfortunately Amsterdam is no more one of them. Now Rotterdam has possible the biggest chance of getting the show.
Rotterdam also has all infrastructure for hosting Eurovision 2020. The main concert hall Ahoy is probably more easy to rent for 6 weeks for building the stage than the Amsterdam Ziggo Dome. Rotterdam has many hotels, can be easily reached and has a large hotel capacity.
You have watched the Eurovision Song Contest on television as long as you can remember. Ever wondered if you could attend the Finale yourself?
Every year, tickets for the shows are in extremely high demand. A large proportion of tickets are distributed via the local OGAE fan clubs, so it will help to become a member of your local OGAE.
Early in the year, a first batch of tickets will go on sale for the general public. Being a nerve wrecking online sale, the Final and Semi-Final shows are normally sold out within hours. However, it is also worth to try to buy tickets for one of the other shows during the week. The Dress Rehearsals and Jury Finals will offer you the full show as televised later while the performances are officially judged by the juries.
In total there are 9 live shows in Eurovision week to enjoy the live Eurovision experience in the arena itself. And even if you can not make it to the arena itself, the host city will breath 200% Eurovision this week.
Tickets Eurovision shows
Every year there is a run on tickets, especially for the Grand Final tv show. Tickets usually go on sale a few months before the shows.
The area in front of the stage is usually reserved for members of the international Eurovision fan club: OGAE. The amount of tickets available to Ogae is limited, there is a lottery system for members.
Cheaper way to see the Grand Final
On Friday, the day before the Grand Final the Jury final is recorded with a live audience and Saturday afternoon the Family Final takes place, this the last dress rehearsal and a great opportunity for young eurovision fans to see the show.
Both shows are available to the public, you will see the whole show at a much cheaper price. The only big difference is the absence of the real voting.
The venue to host Eurovision 2020 in The Netherlands is still to be confirmed.
There are 2 candidate cities. For Rotterdam the venue is AHOY. Maastricht is in the race with the "intimate" Mecc convention center.
The parties: EuroClub, EuroVillage & Euro Fan Café
Whether you have those live show tickets or not, there are plenty of opportunities to soak up the songs. Most likely, like every year, Tel Aviv will offer a couple of party venues for the all visiting fans. The EuroClub is the venue for some special parties, the official after parties and performances by participants, only accessible by accredited fans, delegates and journalists.
The yet to be confirmed Euro Fan Café is set up by OGAE and will offer concerts, parties and special events, open to all fans.
The EuroVillage will be an outdoor venue with big stage for live performances and big screens where the live shows are broadcasted (location TBC).
Eurovision concerts and pre-parties
he ESC is not just a great event to watch on television, it's even more fun to travel to the organising city and meet up with fans from all of Europe! Whether you have tickets or not.
If you do not have the opportunity to visit the Contest itself, you always can visit and enjoy one of the pre-shows throughout Europe to see the performers live. The biggest and most anticipated show of the season is Eurovision in Concert in Amsterdam. Do not miss that one!
Europe, start booking now!
If you want to visit Eurovision, make sure you book a hotel in Rotterdam or Maastricht now .... Hotels are a bit expensive and rooms are limited in this high season, so make sure you have a hot spot during the two weeks of the event right in the city centre.