Southport will be the place to party when the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest takes place this May!
Southport BID and the Southport business community have lined up lots of exciting events for people of all ages to enjoy including a Southport Calling festival in the town centre.
Southport Calling, which will take place on the Lord Street Bandstand on May 13th, 2023, will be a fun-filled celebration of the best and brightest musical talent from our local community. This will include dance groups, live bands, string musicians, and performances from the Sing For Southport competition finalists. The event will be hosted by the team at Sandgrounder Radio.
Southport Calling with start at 12pm with a focus on family fun. There will be performances from Birkdale Orpheus Society, Holy Trinity Primary School, and an amazing list of local dance groups.
The Sing for Southport competition will start from 2pm, with talented vocalists performing to compete for the top prize.*
From 4pm, Southport Strings Ensemble will take the event through to evening, which will then feature a line-up of live bands performing until late.
Lots of local businesses are also joining in the fun with a Eurovision Party at Southport Bijou Cinema, Eurovision Bloopers at Southport Market, Abba Disco Bingo at The Grand and The Bold Hotel, and Eurovision parties at venues including Southport Pleasureland, The Windmill, Royales, The Southport Coaster, and The Guelder Rose.
The Atkinson will be hosting a number of activities and events, including a Eurovision Craft Workshop and the 80s Mania show. As part of EuroFestival, works from Ukrainian photographers Sasha Kurmaz and Viktor Maruahchenko will be also displayed on The Atkinson’s façade from May until June.
The Grand Final of the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 will take place in the Liverpool Arena on Saturday 13th May with Semi-Finals on Tuesday 9th and Thursday 11th May.
The contest was due to take place in Ukraine but has come to Liverpool due to the ongoing invasion by Russia.
Southport BID CEO Rachel Fitzgerald said:
“The eyes of the world will be on Southport when this year’s Eurovision song contest takes place!
“Southport BID is delighted to be staging a special Southport Calling event in Southport town centre throughout the day on Saturday 13th May 2023, in the lead-up to the big final.
“We have been speaking extensively with local businesses and are delighted that so many are getting involved with staging special Eurovision themed events for people to enjoy.
“They really will be showing off the very best of what Southport as a destination has to offer.
*More information on the Sing for Southport competition will be revealed in the coming days.
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