Copenhagen announced as host city of Eurovision 2014

Copenhagen announced as host city of Eurovision 2014
B&W Hallerne will be the arena for the 2014 contest. Photo: DR
Copenhagen, Denmark -

Copenhagen has been chosen as host city of the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, Danish public broadcaster DR announced this morning. The event will be held at the B&W Hallerne at the Refshaleøen, under the slogan 'Join Us'.

The former shipyard will undergo all necessary improvements to be able to host three state-of-the-art television shows in May next year.

The choice was approved by the European Broadcasting Union (EBU/EUROVISION) and the Reference Group, the contest's governing body on behalf of the participating public broadcasters.

"We are looking forward to welcoming Europe in Copenhagen, which is full of cultural diversity, has an excellent infrastructure and a variety of hotels. At the chosen venue we have the opportunity to realise our creative ambitions. The entire area around the B&W Hallerne will be transformed into Eurovision Island, where delegates, press and fans will come together," says Pernille Gaardbo, Executive Producer of the 2014 contest at Host Broadcaster DR.

"Copenhagen is one of Europe's most popular tourist destination and has what it takes to host an event of this scale," says Jon Ola Sand, Executive Supervisor of the Eurovision Song Contest on behalf of EBU/EUROVISION. He adds: "The chosen venue is a bold creative move, and we are confident that the good cooperation between DR and the City of Copenhagen will result in three shows that Europe will remember for a long time!"

Copenhagen has hosted the Eurovision Song Contest two times before; in 1964 and 2001. The Danish capital also hosted the contest's 50th anniversary in 2005.

DR has given several cities the opportunity to bid for hosting the Eurovision Song Contest and evaluated their proposals with great eye for detail. Sand: "DR has given cities across Denmark a fair shot to host Europe's biggest music entertainment show. We don’t just stand firmly behind DR's decision to choose Copenhagen as host city, and also behind the thorough process that led to this outcome."

In recent years, bids were held to select the host city of the Eurovision Song Contest in the winning country. Strong commitment, a reasonable financial contribution and value in kind from the host city lead to a more financially sustainable organisation. Over the past years, figures have shown the substantial economic benefit for host cities, often exceeding EUR 100 million in ad value and EUR 20 million in additional turn-over for the local economy.

Information about ticket sales and hotel bookings is expected later this year. A large number of hotel rooms have been block booked in Copenhagen for delegates, journalists and fans.

Denmark's Emmelie de Forest won the Eurovision Song Contest in May in Malmö, Sweden, granting Denmark the right to host the next edition. The list of countries represented in the 2014 contest is usually announced in early January.

Semi-Finals of the 59th Eurovision Song Contest are set to take place on Tuesday 6th and Thursday 8th of May, the Final is scheduled for Saturday, the 10th of May. Some 170 million people from over 40 countries are expected to tune in for the upcoming contest.

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  • Posted on 7 May 2014 at 12:31
    Congratulations Denmark! The arena was SPECTACULAR!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 4 May 2014 at 13:58
    Coming from Miami Florida USA for my favorite ONCE in a lifetime event (got tickets!) Copenhagen looks like such a lovely place! Can't wait See you at the final! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 1 May 2014 at 11:35
    How will we find and come to the arena? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 22 March 2014 at 19:41
    I hate this :(
    Finally Its held in Denmark and theres no chance i could get a ticket :( it breaks my heart, it could have been the best birthday present ever. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 31 December 2013 at 12:58
    Denmark has already been better than most other host countries by include the fans from the beginning and put life to ESC long before the ESC week in May, good work Denmark. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 23 December 2013 at 01:09
    Nice one and please this year when people coming them country movie to it will be amazing!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 19 December 2013 at 22:25
    ‪#‎timschouHOST‬ report to the moderator
  • Posted on 18 December 2013 at 23:48
    super , so glad that i will be a part of it report to the moderator
  • Posted on 3 December 2013 at 18:45
    Due to unfair, boycott eurovision. sorry report to the moderator
  • Posted on 2 December 2013 at 19:58
    I'm sure that Denmark will do great job with eurovision and that will have again amazing and glorious show! Best of luck to DR, Denmark, EBU and every each participant! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 30 November 2013 at 20:54
    I got my ticket for Denmark 2014. SEE YOU THERE :)!!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 2 October 2013 at 21:48
    I was at the Eurovision Song Contest in Malmo, Sweden and have been to the contest in 98, and 82. I hope that those responsible for the stage do not take the seating out as I am an older fan wanting to come to Copenhagen to see the 2014 Eurovision. I hope the release date for tickets will be publicised as soon as possible. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 14 September 2013 at 19:08
    Turkish television TRT is not joining Eurovision again. Please let private TV's in Turkey to join instead of TRT. We want to be part of Europe. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 12 September 2013 at 21:19
    Yeap ,,, Copenhagen will be ESC`s 2014 host city

    p.s Kosovo will Join U hahaha hope so... report to the moderator
  • Posted on 7 September 2013 at 14:00
    We're gonne join you: appartment and airtickets are booked! report to the moderator