Swedish hosts advise fans on tickets and accommodation for Malmö 2013

Swedish hosts advise fans on tickets and accommodation for Malmö 2013
Inside of the Malmö Arena where the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest will be held. Photo: Wikipedia
Stockholm, Sweden -

Do not buy any tickets yet. That is the call by the production team of the Eurovision Song Contest aimed at the many thousands of people that are planning to visit Malmö in May.

The Eurovision Song Contest is one of the world's biggest TV programmes and is followed by many thousands of fans and professionals. Many have already tried to obtain tickets and book hotels since Malmö was announced as the host city.

However, the Swedish production group for the event aims to offer reassurance. There is still a way to go until the official tickets for the shows are put on sale. Show producer Christer Björkman advises people not to buy tickets from the channels they are being sold today.

"Do not buy tickets now. As usual there are many who want to profit from the event, but there is a long time before the tickets are released. We will be drawing up plans for the stage and then will subsequently produce a seating plan", he says.

Regret the sale of tickets

The executive producer Martin Österdahl apologises for the unauthorised sale of tickets.

"There is no legal way to stop this. If others make use of our brand, logos etc then we will contact them and make sure that they stop", he says.

"In addition we refer to the practice that exists in the industry that dictates that you do not recommend that fans purchase tickets that do not originate from the official sales channels and from the official organiser".

The promise - There is accommodation

Christer Björkman has attended nearly every Eurovision Song Contest during the past few decades. He believes that there is no reason for stress amongst those who are already trying to book hotel rooms in Malmö.

"As is customary, the organisers have booked up everything in the way of hotels in order to accomodate the delegations and so on. we know this happens every year. If you are told that there are no hotel rooms available, then that is why but later on they will be released", he says.

In previous years accomodation agencies have been used in various forms in the host cities. Christer Björkman promises a solution that will ensure that all guests are offered rooms in a similar way.

"We are going to look at alternative accomodation and publish the options so that everyone can find a suitable solution".

Two international airports

It is already known that the Eurovision Song Contest will take place on the 14th, 16th and 18th of May and therefore it is possible for those who want to, to book their travel. Both Malmö Sturup Airport and Copenhagen Kastrup Airport are located close to the arena.

"Travel is one area in which we do not envisage any problems by already booking now. Access is extremely good when you consider that there are two international airports within 20 minutes of the arena", says Christer Björkman.

"Amazing experience"

By choosing Malmö and the Malmö Arena on Sunday, the groundwork for the Eurovision Song Contest has been laid. Christer Björkman believes that an unforgettable world can be created around the event.

"By arranging the event in Malmö, we believe that we can create a Eurovision Song Contest in its true spirit, where focus lies with the heart and the artists. We are going to create a Eurovision world that will be an amazing experience for everyone that visits the city", he says.

"We know after several years of organising Melodifestivalen (the Swedish national selection) at the Malmö Arena that we can create an immensely good atmosphere there with all the emotions that we believe belong to the Eurovision Song Contest. Now we are incredibly charged to reach new creative heights with the shows".

News will be published online

From now on all direct news about the 2013 Eurovision Song Contest will be published at Eurovision.tv and Melodifestivalen.se, where the event's official Swedish website will be located. Christer Björkman recommends that all those interested should keep an eye on these websites.

"Follow the websites so that you do not miss anything. We will continually publish all the information there", he says.

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  • Posted on 30 January 2013 at 15:01
    i have tried to book any single room in malmoe or nearby and it is imposible to find a cheap hotel.The cheapest:750 euros 3 nights, 3 star hotel.I am sorry but it is very, very expensive.I prefer to stay in spain and watch eurovision on tv. I think someone in the organitation or the town hall could make easier that problem report to the moderator
  • Posted on 28 August 2012 at 15:47
    it's all so solly
    As if there a que
    Pretty sure there'll be empty seats!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19 August 2012 at 00:56
    I would suggest locations in near by towns around Malmoe like Lund or something -
    and travelling to Malmoe by train - not to far away - still makes it cheaper
    Good Luck! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19 August 2012 at 00:49
    Well if in Malmoe - they will have to fly to Koepnhagen Denmark anyway and then cross and PAY that Bridge! .
    And BACK!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 20 July 2012 at 20:06
    I wasn't addressing anyone particular for my wordings, but am a bit sad about all the negative reactions around:
    1/ Swedish Television board decided that Malmo is the host city (for ESC 2013)
    2/ The Malmö Arena is one of the largest in ESC history (but it isn't overwhelming)
    3/ Malmoe is not the biggest city in Europe (in fact it ranks only around # 100) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18 July 2012 at 12:03
    I am quite sure that SVT will be able to take ESC to the next level. It's actually just like they say - more important to communicate a great feeling through the television screen than to build bigger arenas. When it was held in Baku, the only thing you saw was a big arena, but you got no feeling. Although I enjoyed ESC 2012th

    @ AmericanBubblegum.

    I hope so. SVT is well aware that Swedish only is spoken and understood by about 9 million people, and some others who live in Scandinavia (Sweden, Norway, Denmark and Finland). I'm Swedish and have read what it says on Melodifestivalen.se and I can tell you the same information can be found on this page. You may not find so much from the Swedish preselection, but everything related to ESC.

    Try google translare ;) If it does not get translated correctly is usually at least "get a picture" of what it says .. Ha ha! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18 July 2012 at 10:11
    I hope now that since the contest will be held in Sweden, that their main website, Melodifestivalen.se will be updated with the option to view the site in English. Many times I have gone to their website only not to be able to navigate the site since its in their native language. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 17 July 2012 at 06:51

    I haven't said "I don't like the" host country. I like it very much. But the Swedish influence on the contest has become too strong and it's not Sweden's fault. But at this point is good to talk about the contest as a whole. Rules have been changed many times when seen some patterns that affect the contest too much. If it the winner is Azerbaijan or Sweden with a Swedish song, that's very cool for the Swedes. But how about the other countries or the image of the contest. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 16 July 2012 at 20:18
    Interesting that some individuals on this site start with complaining about the 2013 host city and then goes on complaining about that every arena in Eurovision history is too small and finally ends up with summarizing that they don't like the host country ;) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 16 July 2012 at 13:57
    It's true! Svt's Eva Hamilton speaks about costs in an article today. If Sweden is going to produce a show as big as the one in Azerbaijan or Moscow, or perhaps even bigger, then other tv- productions will suffer next year. And svt wants to bring back what the contest from the beginning is really about after the 2nd world war, to unite Europe with music infront of millions of people. It's not svt's job to think about how Copenhagen will gain from it or what Stockholm will lose from not having Eurovision. It's all about making a fantastic tv-show. And for that you don't need to spend a huuuuuge and unnecassery amount of money to reach that goal. I think now that svt knows exactly what they are doing. Why must everything be in such a large scale?? Was it a correct decision by Azerbaijan or Russia to produce such huge shows? I think some of those money could have been used in more proper and useful ways! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15 July 2012 at 20:51
    Well, if you think about EBU's cocern in this article, too big show venue, it's good to point out here also a bigger problem that has emerged: the strong Swedish influence on the contest. Indeed 25 % begins to be too much and I can say about myself that I have lost some interested in the contest because it doesn't matter any more so much which country wins. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15 July 2012 at 12:23
    Couple of corrections: "Jan Ola Sand".
    So the whole Contest is becoming another Melodifestivalen for Sweden. But why isn't anything done? Because Jan Ola Sand is Norwegian and Svante Stockselius is Swedish. If there occured a similar structure where countries ordered successful songs from Russia, I guess EBU would stop it immediately. The content of the show is becoming very flat by allowing this phenomena. There is now too much input from ONE country. It should be also stopped because ESC shouldn't be a massive marketing channel for any country's music export. But that's what it has become. For Sweden. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 15 July 2012 at 11:48
    But as I said in the other Malmö News there were not as active people as in Copenhagen for Parken roof project. But I thought there would have been. It's Sweden who's songs occupy nowadays at least ten positions in the contest. I wonder why Jan Ola Salo doesn't do anything for that rule. As we have seen, the rules change all the time when new phenomens/manners occur. But now, when Sweden is prsence in ten songs and countries order songs from Sweden, nothing is DONE! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14 July 2012 at 23:56
    My only concern about the Contest being held in Malmo is with the arena only holding 15,000 people and the Swedes being sure to clamour for those places, will there be enough tickets left for everyone coming from elsewhere in Europe? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14 July 2012 at 23:54
    My only worry about the contest being held in Malmo is with the arena only holding 15,000 people and the Swedes sure to clamour for those places, will there be enough tickets left for everyone coming from elsewhere in Europe? report to the moderator