Eurovision tickets: Fans furious as Ticketmaster crashes before sale begins

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Eurovision fans have been left heartbroken after Ticketmaster appeared to crash before tickets had even gone on sale.

With timers set for 12pm on Tuesday, thousands of people descended on Ticketmaster to get their hands on the tickets for the song contest.

Many fans had already slammed the price of the tickets, but that didn’t stop thousands flooding to the site to test their luck.

But things didn’t go to plan.

It appeared that the site had crashed while some hopefuls were in the waiting room, with one person writing: ‘Ahh well it looks like @TicketmasterUK have screwed up the #Eurovision ticketing before it has even begun.’

Someone else wrote: ‘Can’t even get in the waiting room for Eurovision tickets :'(‘

‘That moment when, although you knew your Eurovision dreams would die because it’s Ticketmaster, your Eurovision dreams die,’ another penned.

Some fans didn’t even get into the waiting room, after noting the site forced them to change their password first but didn’t send an email to do so.

Many were left facing a 2000+ person queue (Picture: Ticketmaster)
Others were faced with this message and forced to login again (Picture: Ticketmaster)

It wasn’t long later when those hoping to get tickets for the Grand Final had already sold out.

‘Grand Final sold out in 14 minutes,’ one person noted.

‘Couldn’t even get a ticket to the Eurovision semi final rehearsal. All sold out. Ridiculous,’ another commented.

It’s nearly time! (Picture: PA)

While the UK entry for the long-running competition has yet to be confirmed, many other details are, with presenters Alesha Dixon, Graham Norton and Hannah Waddingham announced as the hosts of Eurovision 2023’s Grand Final in the UK.

Ukraine’s Kalush Orchestra took the win last year, but was deemed unable to host, and with Sam Ryder coming in second, the UK have been handed the honour.

Tickets were being sold for preview shows as well as the live show, with the grand final taking place on Saturday May 13, after the semi-finals on Tuesday May 9 and Thursday May 11.

Fans had the opportunity to grab tickets for nine shows, with six previews and the three televised shows giving the opportunity to experience the magic of Eurovision as Liverpool Arena is set to become one of the world’s biggest TV studios.

How much do tickets cost?

Tickets for the Afternoon Previews are £30 to £80 for Semi Finals 1 & 2, and from £80 to £190 for the Grand Final.

Tickets for the Evening Previews are £60 to £210 for Semi Finals 1 & 2, and £100 to £280 for the Grand Final.

Tickets for the Live Televised Shows are £90 to £290 for Semi Finals 1 & 2, and from £160 to £380 for the Grand Final.

Hopefuls can only buy tickets for one show at a time, and for the three live televised shows, you can only purchase a maximum of four tickets in one order. For the six preview shows, you can buy a maximum of six tickets per order.

A total of 37 countries will be competing in this year’s contest, six of which are automatically qualified for the final: last year’s winners Ukraine, along with the ‘Big 5’ – the main financiers of the contest – France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK.

The other countries will compete in the semi-finals for a place in the grand final, with the top 10 from each semi-final qualifying.

For the first time ever the semi-finals will be shown on BBC One, with the results being decided entirely by televote – although the UK will be able to vote in the second semi-final on May 11.

The final will see a mix of jury votes and televotes combined to decide the eventual winner – who will have the honour of being the host country in 2024.

The Eurovision Song Contest airs May 13 on BBC One.

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