Hosts advising fans on tickets for the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest
Planning for Malmö ESC underway
Do not buy any tickets yet. This is the call from the production team of the Eurovision Song Contest to the many thousands of people that are planning to visit Malmö in May.
The Eurovision Song Contest is one of the world's biggest TV programs and is followed by many thousands of fans and professionals. Many have already tried to obtain tickets and book hotels since Malmö was announced as the host city.
However, the Swedish production group for the event aims to offer reassurance. Sale of the show ticket has started in December the last years, with an even later date for the Contest in Baku this year. Show producer Christer Björkman advises people not to buy tickets from the channels where they are being sold today.
– Do not buy tickets now. As usual there are many who want to profit from the event, but there is a long time before the tickets are released. We will be drawing up plans for the stage and then will subsequently produce a seating plan, he says.
Regrets ticket sales
The executive producer Martin Österdahl regrets the unauthorised sale of tickets.
– There is no legal way to stop this. If others make use of our brand, logos etc then we will contact them and make sure that they stop, he says.
– In addition we refer to the practice that exists in the industry that dictates that you do not recommend fans to purchase tickets that do not originate from the official sales channels and from the official organiser.
The promise – there is accommodation
Christer Björkman has attended nearly every Eurovision Song Contest during the past few decades. He believes that there is no reason for stress amongst those who are already trying to book hotel rooms in Malmö.
– As is customary, the organisers have booked up everything in the way of hotels in order to accomodate the delegations and so on. We know this happens every year. If you are told that there are no hotel rooms available, then that is why, but later on they will be released, he says.
In previous years, accomodation agencies of various forms have been used in the host cities. Christer Björkman promises a solution that will ensure that all guests are offered rooms in a similar way.
– We are going to look at alternative accomodation and publish the options so that everyone can find a suitable solution.
Two international airports
It is already known that the Eurovision Song Contest will take place on the 14th, 16th and 18th of May, and therefore it is possible for those who want to, to already book their travel. Both Malmö Sturup Airport and Copenhagen Kastrup Airport are located close to the arena.
– Travel is one area in which we do not envisage any problems by already booking now. Access is extremely good when you consider that there are two international airports within 20 minutes of the arena, says Christer Björkman.
By the decision of Malmö and the Malmö Arena on Sunday, the groundwork for the Eurovision Song Contest has been laid. Christer Björkman believes that an unforgettable world can be created around the event.
– By arranging the event in Malmö, we believe that we can create a Eurovision Song Contest in its true spirit, where focus lies with the heart and the artists. We are going to create a Eurovision world that will be an amazing experience for everyone that visits the city, he says.
– We know after several years of organising the national selections Melodifestivalen at the Malmö Arena that we can create an immensely good atmosphere there with all the emotions that we believe belong to the Eurovision Song Contest. Now we are incredibly charged to reach new creative heights with the shows.
News will be published online
All direct news from SVT about the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest will be published at Melodifestivalen.se, where the event's official Swedish website will be located. Christer Björkman recommends that all those interested should keep an eye on the website.
– Follow the website so that you do not miss anything. We will continually publish all the information there, he says.
International readers are adviced to follow Eurovision.tv, the official international website of the Eurovision Song Contest, where full coverage is provided in English.
Translation: Simon Storvik-Green, EBU, courtesy of Eurovision.tv.