‘Euro Missing Out’ Newcastle ruled out as 2023 Eurovision host city
Written by Jodie Sowerby on 28th September 2022
Geordie hearts were broken when it was revealed that Newcastle, along with Manchester, Sheffield, Birmingham, and Leeds, have been eliminated from the running to host the 2023 Eurovision Song Contest.
Newcastle had been among the top seven cities shortlisted, but following Tuesday’s announcement Liverpool and Glasgow have been selected as the final two.
Offering international airports, seaports, national train connections and local transportation, Newcastle serves as a gateway to the rest of the UK; along with a variety of accommodations, hospitality and not to mention the warm Geordie welcome.
Top 10 things in Newcastle that Eurovision missed out on!
- Breathtaking Landscapes– Newcastle is home to some of the most breathtaking views, from the iconic bridges to the famous Angel of the North. Take a nature walk through Silent Valley and breathe in the fresh Newcastle air. Or visit the city centre to view the famous statues and monuments. Newcastle is the most perfect tourist attraction.
- Steeped In Heritage- Newcastle has had numerous identities throughout the ages. Hadrian’s Wall served as the frontier of an ancient empire, the first colony (known as Pons Aelius), Northumbria, the birthplace of Christianity, and medieval Newcastle were all significant towns. Making Newcastle one of the most interesting cities in the United Kingdom.
- Where stars are born- Some of the most well-known and successful musicians in the UK, including Sam Fender, Perrie Edwards, Cheryl and Spike, are from Newcastle.
- The Best Nightlife- Newcastle is frequently referred to be the North East’s “clubbing capital” for a very good reason. The city’s bars, pubs, and nightclubs are many and diverse, with establishments and events that appeal to a wide range of patrons, from younger univeristy students to more experienced clubbers.
- Newcastle Castle- In addition to seeing the city’s rich history, Newcastle Castle is a must-see sight in Newcastle upon Tyne because of the breathtaking views it provides from its rooftop. Newcastle Castle, from which the city derived its name many centuries ago, is a fascinating place to learn more about.
- The North East supports Ukraine- In a letter to the mayor of Novograd-Volynsky City Council, a member of the Newcastles of the World network, the lord mayor of Newcastle expressed support for and vehement opposition to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine. Newcastle offers a variety of charitable organisations where you may donate money and/or offer a home to aid Ukrainian citizens.
- Eponymous Brown ale- Newcastle Brown Ale, more commonly referred to as “Newkie Brown,” was introduced in 1927 by Colonel Jim Porter, with UK sales reaching their apex in the early 1970s. The USA is currently the beer industry’s largest market. Brewing was once done in Newcastle, as the name would imply, however in 2010 it was moved to Tadcaster.
- The Geordie dialect- The Geordie dialect is thought to be the friendliest in the UK and is also the most likely to put you in a “good mood,” according to respondents in a Sitel survey of more than 2,000 people throughout the UK.
- Utilita Arena- One of the biggest concert and exposition venues in the North East of England is Utilita Arena Newcastle (previously Metro Radio Arena), which has over 11,000 seats and overlooks the River Tyne.
- The Tyne Bridge- The Tyne Bridge was opened by King George V on October 10, 1928, and was the longest single span bridge in the world at the time of its construction.
After the news of the results, Newcastle City Council tweeted thanking and praising everyone who submitted a bid for Newcastle.
“Congratulations to Liverpool and Glasgow for being shortlisted for Eurovision. Big thanks to everyone who backed Newcastle’s bid”Newcastle City Council
Phil Harrold, the chair of the BBC’s Host City Selection Committee, shared a release stating that the two remaining cities had “the strongest overall offer,” and a choice would be made “within weeks.”
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