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How to get tickets for Eurovision in Stockholm

Emma Löfgren · 24 Nov 2015, 13:00

Published: 24 Nov 2015 12:35 GMT+01:00
Updated: 24 Nov 2015 13:00 GMT+01:00

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1. How can I get tickets?

Tickets for the 2016 Eurovision Song Contest will go on sale at 10am Central European Time on Thursday. Last year, tickets for the final show in Vienna sold out in just 20 minutes, so you want to start practising your mouse clicks now to make sure you are quick on the button.

A virtual 'waiting room' will open 30 minutes prior to the sale. Those logged into the waiting room are not guaranteed a ticket, but they will have priority access. Check this website for more information.

Måns Zelmerlöw, who won Eurovision Song Contest 2015. Photo: Jonas Ekströmer/TT

2. How much is it going to set me back?

Not all ticket prices have yet been revealed, but they will be available starting at 100 kronor, or €11. Eurovision Song Contest 2016 producer Martin Österdahl said in a press statement: "It feels great that we can offer tickets for €11. This means that a lot of people have the possibility to see the show live. Those who want can now buy a powerful and distinctive Christmas present – hopefully a memory for life."

Add travel and accommodation to your Eurovision budget if you're not based in Stockholm.

Eurovision in Austria in 2015. Photo: AP Photo/Kerstin Joensson

3. Where is it going to be held?

Stockholm nabbed the honour this summer after an intense battle for the crown between Sweden's biggest cities. Stockholm mayor Karin Wanngård said at the time: "Our city is boiling with activity that revolves around music. Creativity is in our hearts."

The final will take place in the capital's iconic Globe Arena, but for dress rehearsals, semi-finals and other Eurovision-themed events the other three arenas right next to the spherical building (Hovet, Annexet and Tele2) will also be used for the nine shows in total.

Stockholm's Globe Arena. Photo: Christine Olsson/TT

4. Which date should I put in my diary?

Tickets will be available for the following nine shows, according to organisers:

Semi-final 1, jury show: May 9th, 9pm

Semi-final 1, dress rehearsal: May 10th, 3pm

Semi-final 1, live broadcast: May 10th, 9pm

Semi-final 2, jury show: May 11th, 9pm

Semi-final 2, dress rehearsal: May 12th, 3pm

Semi-final 2, live broadcast: May 12th, 9pm

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Final, jury show: May 13th, 9pm

Final, dress rehearsal: May 14th, 1pm

Grand Final, live broadcast: May 14th, 9pm

5. Who is going to host it?

It has not yet been announced, and rumours are swirling all over Sweden. The top name by far is Sweden's own Eurovision 2015 winner Måns Zelmerlöw, however broadcaster SVT has denied that they have their hearts set on him.

The popular artist is no stranger to presenting, however, having previously hosted Stockholm's legendary outdoor singalong show Allsång på Skansen as well as Melodifestivalen, the annual talent contest that decides on Sweden's Eurovision entry.

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Emma Löfgren (emma.lofgren@thelocal.com)

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