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Eurovision Song Contest 2018

Eurovision Song Contest 2018: Lisbon

Eurovision Song Contest 2018 will be held in Lisbon in May 2018. Find all the information about Eurovision 2018: Date, City, Participants, Arena, Eurovision Village, Euroclub and Euro Fan Café

We will update this page with all the information about Lisbon 2018 as it appears.

Eurovision Song Contest 2018 will be organized by the Portuguese public broadcaster Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP).

When is Eurovision 2018?

The Eurovision week will have three shows: Semi-final 1 on Tuesday, Semi-final 2 on Thursday and the Grand Final on Saturday:

Host City: Lisbon

The Portuguese public broadcaster Rádio e Televisão de Portugal (RTP) announced on 15 May 2017 that Eurovision Song Contest 2018 will be held in Lisbon, but later RTP said that they will look at the entire map of Portugal before they make a decision.

Besides Lisbon, other cities have shown interest for hosting Eurovision 2018: Guimarães, Gondomar, Faro and Santa Maria da Feira.

Arena: MEO Arena

Location: Rossio dos Olivais, 1990-231 Lisboa, Portugal Google Maps
Website: arena.meo.pt/en 
Metro station: "Oriente"  Red Line

The arena for Eurovision 2018 will be MEO Arena (originally Pavilhão Atlântico).

Eurovision 2018 arena: MEO Arena
MEO Arena, Lisbon

The MEO Arena is perfect for a huge event like Eurovision Song Contest. With a capacity of 20,000 it is one of the largest indoor arenas in the EU. The arena is placed very central in Lisbon with well branched infrastructure.

The MEO Arena has hosted several big events, including:

  • 1999: World Youth Championship in basketball (under 19)
  • 2005: MTV Europe Music Awards
  • Concerts: Justin Bieber, Adele, Lady Gaga, Britney Spears, Kylie Minogue

The European Broadcasting Union (EBU) had already suggested the Portuguese broadcaster RTP to chose MEO Arena as the venue for Eurovision 2018, and the Director General of RTP, Nuno Artur Silva, also expressed the MEO Arena as a likely venue to host Eurovision 2018.

Participants

EBU Member Broadcasters, on behalf of their countries, have until mid-September 2017 to formally submit their applications to take part in Eurovision 2018. The final list of participating countries will be released close to the end of 2017.

29 countries have expressed their interest for participation in the contest, which is subject to change:

The Semi-final Allocation Draw takes place in January 2018. The allocation draw determines which countries take part in which of the two Semi-finals.

Tickets

Tickets usually go on sale in November/December the year before, so we expect the tickets for Eurovision 2018 to be released late 2017. Read more: How to get tickets for Eurovision 2018

Eurovision Village: Praça do Comércio

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Metro station: "Terreiro do Paço"  Blue Line 

Lisbon 2018 Eurovision Village: Praça do Comércio
Eurovision Village: Praça do Comércio

Eurovision Village is the official festival area in Lisbon during Eurovision Song Contest 2018. In Eurovision Village you can see live performances by artists, DJs, special events and public viewing of the shows broadcasted from the Arena.

Eurovision Village will be at Praça do Comércio (also called "Terreiro do Paço"). Praça do Comércio is the largest of Lisbon's squares located just next to the Tagus river. The square has traditional painted buildings lining the three sides and a magnificent statue of King José I positioned in the centre. Praça do Comércio was traditional where traders would sell their foreign goods.

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