Eurovision fans will find out how to get their hands on tickets on Thursday, it has been announced.
Speaking at an event for stakeholders in the city on Wednesday, managing director of Eurovision Martin Green said all information on how to get tickets would be revealed on Eurovisioncast on BBC Sounds, released at 8am on Thursday.
Mr Green, who said he had been “released from the bunker at Eurovision towers” to attend the event at Liverpool ACC, said there would be nine ticketed shows, including dress rehearsals and semi-finals.
But, he said no arena in the world could contain the “appetite for Eurovision” and those without tickets would be able to watch the final from home or in one of the city’s bars, clubs or restaurants.
Plans for a two-week cultural festival in the city in the lead up to the final on May 13 were announced on Wednesday, including an underwater sea disco with glitterball jellyfish.
EuroFest will see collaborations between artists in the UK and Ukraine, which won last year’s competition.
The commissions include The Blue and Yellow Submarine Parade by The Kazimier – described as an outdoor, underwater sea disco – which will make its way through the city and involve hundreds of performers, music and a huge glitterball jellyfish.
Mr Green: “These commissions perfectly sum up this year’s contest with music, storytelling and of course the best of British and Ukrainian culture at their heart.
“I cannot wait to see them all come to life this May, especially the glitterball jellyfish!”
The festival, inspired by the contest slogan United by Music, will see parties held simultaneously in Liverpool and Kyiv and streamed across the world for Rave Ukraine.
It will also include English National Opera does Eurovision, bringing two very different musical worlds together for an outdoor performance, and Izyum to Liverpool, which will see Liverpool Cathedral transformed into a train carriage replicating the journey from Ukraine to Poland, by artist Katya Buchatska.
Twenty other projects have been commissioned to run from May 1 to 14, with details still to be announced.
Mayor of Liverpool Joanne Anderson said: “The planned projects are joyful, hopeful, ambitious and moving – as you would expect from the unique circumstances in which we are hosting this event.
“Once again, Liverpool is using its incredible creative credentials to tell a story, and in doing so, engage a wide audience in a narrative that impacts us all.
“I am particularly proud that we are able to provide a platform for so many brilliant Ukrainian artists and musicians and that our local cultural sector has welcomed them with such warmth and spirit.
“I can’t wait until we can reveal all of the details so that everyone can start planning their EuroFest trip!”
Liverpool was selected to host Eurovision on behalf of 2022 winners Ukraine after the Russian invasion.
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