The National Lottery’s Big Eurovision Welcome

St George's Hall with blue and yellow lights on the building.

The National Lottery announces huge outdoor party to welcome the Eurovision Song Contest to Liverpool.

The National Lottery is delighted to announce it will be hosting ‘The National Lottery’s Big Eurovision Welcome’ – a spectacular live show, outside St George’s Hall in the heart of Liverpool.

Taking place on the evening of Sunday 7 May this crucial part of Liverpool’s ambitious Eurovision host city plans, will see up to 30,000 tickets made available to the public for free*, thanks to The National Lottery.

The show will celebrate Liverpool’s incredible musicality, unique humour and famously warm welcome, as well as the partnership between Liverpool, Ukraine and Eurovision that will define this year’s contest. Bringing together high profile performances, collaborations and stunning production and staging, this high-energy show will welcome the largest crowd for any single event to be staged in Liverpool for Eurovision 2023.

15,000 pairs of tickets will be available for free (subject to a small booking fee), for anyone who is a National Lottery player able to claim a pair on a first come, first served basis as a thank you for the £330M they have contributed to over 3,600 music and cultural projects in Liverpool.

A proportion of tickets will be reserved for Ukrainian residents in the UK, including refugees supported by National Lottery funded organisations, as well as community groups from Liverpool.

Tickets will be released in early April with more details to be confirmed in the coming weeks.

St George’s Hall is the perfect backdrop for The National Lottery’s Big Eurovision Welcome party. Not only is it the scene of so many important moments in Liverpool’s history, but the stunning Victorian landmark is considered one of the finest neo-classical buildings in Europe and has received more than £15 million in National Lottery funding in recent years for repairs and refurbishment.

Adam Chataway from The National Lottery, comments, “This is a giant free Eurovision party for the people of Liverpool and beyond. It’s our way of thanking anyone who has ever bought a National Lottery ticket. Their funding has been uniting people through music and other cultural projects for years and we can’t wait to host The National Lottery’s Big Eurovision Welcome.”

Mayor of Liverpool, Joanne Anderson said, “The National Lottery’s Big Eurovision Welcome is the latest announcement in what is destined to be an extraordinary fortnight in May. No city throws a party or offers a welcome as warm as Liverpool, so this free event is going to be something very special. Not since the launch of European Capital of Culture in 2008 will St George’s Hall have seen such a big night out!”

Highlights of the live show will also be available on the BBC.

Further details about the opening concert and how to get tickets will be announced next month.

*subject to a small booking fee