‘I guess I won’t be going to Eurovision!’: Ticketmaster CRASHES as fans scramble to get seats for Liverpool shows as tickets are released today
- Eurovision makes its triumphant return with the grand final happening May 13
- Tickets for nine live shows across host city Liverpool will go on sale from midday
- But its Ticketmaster site has apparently crashed as ahead of the midday release
Eurovision fans have blasted Eurovision 2023 a ‘complete shambles’ after the website dedicated to selling tickets for this year’s show crashed.
Tickets for the live spectacles in Liverpool were set to go live from midday today. But soaring demand ahead of the launch appears to have caused the Ticketmaster website to crash.
Punters trying to log onto the site to get their hands on tickets have been met with an error message.
The online gaffe has left Eurovision fans furious, with many now taking to social media to express their disappointment.
One fan raged: ‘What a f***ng s**t show Ticketmaster’ while another added ‘that moment when, although you knew Eurovision dreams would die because it’s Ticketmaster, your Eurovision dreams die.’
While another tweeted: ‘Ticketmaster already going down… guess Eurovision ain’t happening for me this year lads.’
The international singing competition will take place at the 11,000-capacity Liverpool Arena later this year, culminating in the grand final on May 13, after Britain was asked to host the contest on behalf of war-torn 2022 winner Ukraine.
Ticketmaster’s website is meant to be selling tickets for between £30 and £380, with those for the semi-final shows ranging from £30 to £290, with the cost increasing to between £80 and £380 for the grand final shows.
Earlier, Eurovision fans had been warned to register a Ticketmaster account ahead of sales going live at midday.
But fans have vented their frustration at having to constantly ‘update their passwords’ when setting accounts, while some claim the site has crashed entirely.
Meanwhile, other Eurovision lovers desperate for tickets to this year’s bonanza claim they have been left stranded in online waiting rooms.
Fans were meant to be able to buy up to four tickets in a single order for the live shows and six in a single order for the preview performances.
The apparent Ticketmaster blunder comes just hours after Eurovision tweeted: ‘It’s the big day! Tickets for #Eurovision2023 go on sale today at 13:00 CET!’
Fans were left furious by the website crash from Ticketmaster
The evening preview show – referred to as the jury show at previous contests – is a dress rehearsal-style full run through of the show that takes place the night before the televised version.
Audiences attending the evening preview will be able to stay for a randomised version of the qualifier and points reveal, which gives the presenters a chance to practise for the possible different outcomes.
There will also be an afternoon preview show – usually referred to as the family show – which is a full run through of the live show that will take place earlier in the day and is therefore ideal for those wishing to bring younger children along.
There will also be a randomised points reveal at the afternoon preview show.
Emmy Award-winning actress Hannah Waddingham and singer-songwriter, pop star and TV presenter Alesha Dixon will also be in attendance.
Eurovision’s official social media account tweeted about the ticket sales this morning. Nine live shows will go out across the city, which is hosted on behalf of last year’s winners, Ukraine
Irish comedian and chat show host Graham Norton will be among the presenters leading this year’s action
Eurovision 2023: Tickets to go on sale today (Pictured, 2022’s runner up, Sam Ryder)
Ukrainian broadcaster Timur Miroshnychenko will be the Eurovision Correspondent in Liverpool, while former sportswoman and television personality Sam Quek will front the Opening Ceremony live stream on the official Eurovision Song Contest YouTube Channel and Mel Giedroyc, Scott Mills, Rylan and Claire Sweeney will also have roles.
Highly sought-after tickets will also be available for the live televised show, which will see audiences across Europe and Australia able to cast real votes.
Presenting the Grand Final on May 13 to a global audience of 160 million will be Eurovision legend Graham Norton. He will also be joined by Ukrainian singer, composer and frontwoman of The HARDKISS alternative band, Julia Sanina.
Ukrainian refugees living in the UK through the Homes for Ukraine scheme, the Ukraine Family Scheme and the Ukraine Extension Scheme will be able to apply for cheaper tickets.
It was previously announced that the UK Government will make around 3,000 tickets available for those who were forced to flee their home country when Russian troops invaded last year.
The subsidised tickets will cost £20.
The semi-final evening preview kicks off at 8pm on May 8, with the grand final live show bringing the contest to an end starting at 8pm on May 13.
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