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:

All the shows will start at 21:00 CEST.

Hosts of Eurovision 2018 are Filomena Cautela, Sílvia Alberto, Daniela Ruah & Catarina Furtado.

Eurovision 2018 Hosts: Catarina Furtado, Daniela Ruah, Filomena Cautela and Sílvia Alberto
Hosts of ESC 2018: Filomena, Sílvia, Daniela & Catarina

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. This was confirmed on 25 July 2017 by RTP.

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

Arena: Altice Arena

Location: Rossio dos Olivais, 1990-231 Lisboa, Portugal Google Maps
Metro station: "Oriente" Red Line

The arena for Eurovision 2018 will be Altice Arena (former called MEO Arena, originally Pavilhão Atlântico).

Eurovision 2018 arena: Altice Arena
Altice Arena, Lisbon

The Altice 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 Altice 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 stage is designed by Florian Wieder, and is inspired by the hull of a ship and reflects Portugal's history and culture.


EBU Member Broadcasters, on behalf of their countries, had until mid-September 2017 to formally submit their applications to take part in Eurovision 2018. The "final" list of participating countries was revealed on 7 November 2017, but was modified 10 days later with FYR Macedonia added.

43 countries will participate in Eurovision Song Contest (confirmed by EBU):

Who's in which Semi-final?

The semi-final allocation draw for Eurovision Song Contest 2018 took place on 29 January 2018 in the City Hall of Lisbon. The draw determined which countries are allocated to which of the two semi-finals.


Tickets were released in batches. The first batch of tickets for Eurovision 2018 went on sale on 30 November 2017, and the 4th and last batch of tickets went on sale on 5 April 2018. All live shows are sold out, but there are still tickets available for some of the rehearsals. Read more: How to get tickets for Eurovision 2018

Eurovision Village: Praça do Comércio

Google Maps
Metro station: "Terreiro do Paço" Blue Line
Open from 4 May 2018

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.

Eurovision Village – Schedule

  • 4 May: Opening ft. Beatbombers
  • 5 May: Lisbon at Night ft. Discotexas
  • 6 May: Blue Carpet on screen, JP Coimbra, Nuno Figueiredo, Moullinex, Nuno Feist
  • 7 May: Atlantic Night with Banda do Mar and Waldemar Bastos
  • 8 May: Live viewing of the first Semi-Final
  • 9 May: The Metropolitan Orchestra of Lisbon
  • 10 May: Live viewing of the second Semi-Final
  • 11 May: Orelha Negra, Blaya, Ana Bacalhau, M7 and Marta Ren
  • 12 May: Live viewing of the Grand Final

The contestant for Eurovision 2018 will perform live on the Eurovision Village stage as well. The schedule will be announced shortly.


Location: Lisbon city centre, right next to Eurovision Village

The Euro Club is the venue for some special parties, the official after parties and performances by participants.

Access to Euroclub is for accredited fans, delegations and press. It looks like there wont be special OGAE accreditations for OGAE members (like Malmö 2013 and Stockholm 2016). It also looks like fans won't have access to Euroclub with special tickets (like Copenhagen 2014 and Kyiv 2017).

It was earlier announced that Euroclub would have taken placein the Dance & Night Club Lust in Rio in the Cais do Sodré neighborhood in Lisbon, but that has changed. In a post from the night club, it says that the Euroclub has been cancelled. The new location is Lisbon city centre, right next to Eurovision Village.

Euro Café

Location: Avenue 24 de Julho 68, 1200-869 Lisboa, Portugal Google Maps
When: 5 May to 12 May 2018.
Facebook: @momelisbon
Train station: Santos

Euro Café (also known as Euro Fan Café) is the place for fans to meet for parties and special events during the Eurovision week. The events will be organized by the fan club OGAE Portugal.

Eurovision 2018: Euro Fan Café
MoMe Lisboa

Euro Café will be located at MoMe Lisboa – one of the newest clubs in Lisbon. MoMe has three different floors: Restaurant, bar and discotheque. Every evening, there will be two dance floors with different DJs on each, and some nights, there will be live performances.

MoMe will open its doors for Eurovision fans from 5 May to 12 May, with the popular OGAE Party to be held on Wednesday 9 May.

The programme will divided into two parts: Day and night. The daytime programme will be open to the public while the nightly events will, due to space restrictions, only be open to OGAE members who has bought a weekly pass for Euro Fan Café.

On Sunday 22 April 2018 at 11:00 CEST the registration process for the acquisition of the weekly passes began at In the first phase its acquisition is only for members of an OGAE club and will cost 60 €. There will be around 1500 passes available for OGAE members, and each OGAE club will have access to a minimum number of passes. Successful applicants will be sent an email with payment instructions. There will be a payment deadline, any applicant not paying in time will lose their place and it will go to the next person on the waiting list. Once applicants have paid, they will receive a receipt which can be exchanged for a wristband in Lisbon.

Blue Carpet: Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT)

Location: Av. Brasília, 1300-598 Lisboa, Portugal Google Maps
Train station: Belém, Linha de Cascais (Three stops with regional train from Cais do Sodré)

Eurovision 2018: Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT)
Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT)

The Red Carpet (or actually blue carpet) will take place at the Museum of Art, Architecture and Technology (MAAT) on Sunday 6 May 2018.

At the Blue Carpet all the contestants are presented for the press, fans and guests with lots of beautiful dresses, festivitas and selfies.

After the Blue Carpet, the Opening Ceremony of Eurovision 2018 takes place at Lisbon's Electricity Museum.

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