Bristol have launched their Host City bid, for the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest.
During his appearance at Bristol Pride tonight, Marvin Rees, the Mayor of the City had the following to say:
“Hello Pride, This Is Bristol Calling. It’s great that everyone is here, in person, for Bristol Pride. And I’m excited to talk about another opportunity for Bristol to come together again. Despite winning the Eurovision Song Contest in May, incredibly sadly Ukraine won’t host the contest in 2023 and the BBC has been asked to take on Eurovision next year.
And as a global and diverse City of Sanctuary, Bristol can be the caretaker of next year’s Eurovision Song Contest. We’re working in partnership with YTL Arena Bristol on a bid to bring Eurovision to the Brabazon Hangars. Bristol’s got the perfect site where we can custom build the perfect Eurovision Song Contest.
We’ve got the Space, Man. Bristol’s ready with a really strong bid, and we need you to help us bring this home. Tell the world how much you want Bristol to be the next home of Eurovision, using our hashtag: #ThisIsBristolCalling.”
The announcement from the Mayor of Bristol, can also be seen below:
The venue measures up to 35 metres high by 352 metres long, and would more than amply house a major event. Indeed, local legends Massive Attack held a gig there in 2019 with a capacity of 14,000. However, there are concerns about the transport infrastructure to the venue, more than five miles from the city centre and in a mostly industrial area. Patchway railway station, the nearest to the venue, is a two mile walk, while the bus hub at Cribbs Causeway shopping centre is over three miles away on foot. Four bus lines do run closer to the potential arena, but that part of the city is notorious for its heavy traffic and long delays.
Repurposed industrial buildings are nothing new to Eurovision, with the both the senior and junior contests in 2014 being held in former shipyards, but both venues faced criticism that there was little else to do in the immediate area of the event, and Bristol’s Brabazon Shed faces similar issues.
However, the city of Bristol itself has much to offer as a host city, with an attractive city centre, a vibrant club and bar scene, thousands of hotels rooms, and a busy international airport at its southern fringe. It may rank amongst the less likely potential host venues, behind Glasgow, Manchester, Cardiff and London, but could prove a popular destination for the many thousand of Eurovision fans that travel from around the world for the event, and could be the outside contender to keep a quiet eye on.
Author: Richard Taylor
Source: Bristol Council & Eurovision Apocalypse