Eurovision 2024: Where is it, when is it, and when will tickets be on sale?

Sweden took home the 2023 trophy with Loreen’s song  (PA)
Sweden took home the 2023 trophy with Loreen’s song (PA)

This year, the UK co-hosted the 67th Eurovision Song Contest alongside Ukraine in Liverpool even as the war against Russia raged on.

The trophy was taken home by Sweden’s contestant, Loreen, who sang Tattoo and won the competition for the second time. And thus began Sweden’s search for where it would host the 2024 Eurovision Song Contest.

This will be the seventh time the Scandinavian nation will be home to Eurovision and it coincides with the 50th anniversary of Abba’s big win, making it even more special.

If you’re already counting down to next year’s event, here is everything that has been revealed about it so far.

When is Eurovision 2024?

The 68th Eurovision Song Contest is set to take place in early May, as always.

The semi-finals will be held on May 7 and May 9, 2024, while the big finale will take place on May 11.

Where will Eurovision 2024 take place?

Sweden has announced that after “dialogue with several cities”, it has decided to host the event in Malmö.

The coastal town in the south of Sweden was selected after organisers evaluated the city’s venue facilities and accommodation availability given the fact that thousands of visitors flock to the Eurovision host city.

Malmö, the country’s third-largest city, will host all stages of the competition at the Malmö Arena.

Talking about the decision, executive supervisor of Eurovision Martin Osterdahl said: “Malmö holds a special place in the history of the contest, having successfully hosted it firstly in 1992 and then in 2013 — following Loreen’s last win.

“We’re excited to be returning to this vibrant and dynamic city, which has demonstrated it has the venues and infrastructure that are perfect for staging the world’s largest live music event.”

When will Eurovision 2024 tickets go on sale?

The official Eurovision website says that tickets for Eurovision will be “on sale soon”.

It explains that ticket prices and availability are based on the chosen venue and the amount of space it has, as organisers need to evaluate where the cameras, technical equipment, and stage will go before arranging audience seating.

What rules could be changed for Eurovision 2024?

The first Eurovision Song Contest Workshop just took place at the Meistersaal, in Berlin, Germany, on September 12, 2023.

During the workshop, various potential rule changes were discussed.

A new draw

First and foremost, a draw could be introduced to determine which semi-final each participating country will be assigned to during the Eurovision Song Contest.

The allocation process will involve grouping semi-finalists into different sets, taking into account past voting trends.

The purpose of this is to minimise the likelihood of “bloc voting”, where groups of countries tend to vote in the same direction.

It is believed that it will also increase suspense during the semi-finals, while also deciding in which semi-final the automatic qualifiers, including the host country Sweden and the “Big Five” countries (France, Germany, Italy, Spain, and the United Kingdom), will participate. Plans are already underway for it to take place in January 2024.

Voting system changes

There may also be changes to the voting system on the way, with Norway's NRK broadcaster pushing for discussions with the EBU about revisions to the jury voting procedure.

Following last year’s result where Sweden came out on top despite Finland’s high number of televotes and Norway placing sixth and fifth in 2019 and 2023 despite also receiving high numbers of televotes, Norway believes the system needs to be changed.

Specifically, Stig Karlsen, the Norwegian head of delegation, suggested reducing the jury's influence on the final score, lowering the jury’s share from the current 49.4 per cent to either 40 per cent or even 30 per cent. Official announcements regarding these ideas are expected to be made in January.

AI in Eurovision

Finally, the idea of prohibiting any AI content was also discussed, with the aim of safeguarding human creativity moving forward.