Eurovision fans get their last chance to snap up tickets

Fans are expected to flock online as the final batch of tickets for Eurovision goes on sale on Friday morning.

Eurovision fans get their last chance to snap up tickets
Eurovision hosts Måns Zelmerlöw and Petra Mede. Photo: Jessica Gow/TT

The remaining tickets for Eurovision Song Contest 2016 will be up for grabs from 10am Stockholm time on Friday, including for the live finals on May 14th as well as numerous general rehearsals and semi-finals.

“We have made available new seats and are therefore able to release even more tickets in all price ranges, for all performances, including the final. There are tickets for everyone over the whole Eurovision week and for all wallets, from 100 kronor ($12) and more,” said Martin Österdahl, executive producer of Europe's biggest music event this year.

It's the last chance for fans to snap up tickets for the contest. The first round went on sale in November, but was cleared out in minutes with many complaining that the website had crashed for them as they attempted to get their hands on one of the highly sought-after seats.

Stockholm won the honour to host next year's song contest last summer after an intense battle for the crown between Sweden's biggest cities. The capital's 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 city'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.

Sweden is hoping for another successful year, after Måns Zelmerlöw took home the competition last year with his instant hit 'Heroes'. Singing for the Nordic nation in May will be 17-year-old Frans Jeppsson-Wall performing 'If I Were Sorry'.

The hosts for this year's Eurovision will be former winner Zelmerlöw and comedian Petra Mede, who presented the competition last time it was held in Sweden in 2012.

They announced last week that it is going to have a refugee theme to highlight the plight of hundreds of thousands of asylum seekers who have made their way to Europe in the past year.

For more information on how to buy tickets, read The Local's handy guide.


Sweden among favourites after leaping through to Eurovision final

Cornelia Jakobs, Sweden's entry to the Eurovision Song Contest, burst into tears and jumped onto presenter Mario Acampas, after shooting through to the final on Thursday night.

Sweden among favourites after leaping through to Eurovision final

Jakobs was emotional at the press conference after her victory, telling the story of her progress from an “largely unknown” indie artist to the Eurovision stage. 

“There are a lot of feelings right now in this little body, an extremely large amount of feelings that can’t really fit in, so they’re exploding,” she said, before beginning to cry. “But I’m so happy and overwhelmed by all the support I’ve got from all these fantastic countries.” 

When the time came to pick lots for which half of the final she would appear in, she leapt onto Mario Acampas, the presenter asking questions at the press conference, wrapping her legs around his waist and clasping herself tightly to his torso. 

He then walked her over to the bowl where the lots were lying. 

“I want you to choose the second half,” she said to him. “Imagine that I have a pistol here and on the count of three I’m going to shoot you if you don’t choose.”

He refused to pick for her so she took one herself and got the second half. 

Jakobs, with her song, “Hold me closer”, was the clear favourite to go into the final, and will go through alongside Finland’s The Rasmus, and his song Jezebel, Serbia’s Konstrakta with “In corpore sano”, as well as entries from Belgium, Czechia, Azerbaijan, Poland, Estonia, Australia, and Romania. 

You can see her performance on Thursday in the video below. 

In the final, she will meet the other favourites, which include Ukraine, Italy, and the United Kingdom. 

The final will be shown on Sweden’s state broadcaster SVT at 9pm on Saturday.