Copenhagen, Herning or Horsens. Who will host Eurovision 2014?

Copenhagen, Herning or Horsens. Who will host Eurovision 2014?
One of the proposals is to erect a tent outside DR Byen in Copenhagen. Photo: DR.
Copenhagen, Denmark -

No host city or venue has been announced for the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest as yet, but let's take a brief recap of the three cities and four arenas in contention.

As the summer draws to a close, many people are speculating about where the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest will held. Although no announcement has been made yet, why not take a look at our recap of candidate cities and venues below:

The three cities vying to host Europe's favourite TV show are:

  • Copenhagen
  • Herning
  • Horsens

Copenhagen

Copenhagen originally put forward three proposals for venues to host next year's Eurovision Song Contest but the venue from 2001, Parken, subsequently withdrew its application.

However Copenhagen's tourist organisation, Wonderful Copenhagen, put forward two other venues encouraging DR to think outside the box: "We have laid out a few different proposals. We have thought a lot about making the event unique. It should not just be another Eurovision Song Contest", says organisation director Lars Bernhard Jørgensen.

DR Byen

Home to Denmark's state broadcaster, Danmarks Radio (DR), who will also produce next year's show, DR Byen is equipped with all the latest broadcasting technologies and TV know-how. However, it does not have a hall large enough to accommodate a competition on the scale of the Eurovision Song Contest. Wonderful Copenhagen has therefore come up with a plan to erect a massive tent in front of DR Byen. Time will tell if this solution is as practical as it may sound.

B&W-Hallerne

Located in the Refshaleøen area of Amager in Copenhagen, this old industrial complex has become a "playground for the culture and experiences industry". With its huge indoor spaces Wonderful Copenhagen claims that the venue can be tailormade to suit the needs of DR and the EBU. According to the organisation use could be made of its "raw and industrial look".

Boxen - Herning

Herning hosted this year's edition of Dansk Melodi Grand Prix, the Danish national selection, in its new Boxen Arena with room for up to 15,000 people in the audience, making it slightly larger than the Malmö Arena where this year's contest was held. However, hotel capacity may be an issue but the city has received the offer of help from neighbouring municipalities, most notably Denmark's second city Århus so it remains to be seen whether the city can fulfil all the criteria as set out by DR and the EBU.

Fængslet - Horsens

Horsens' bid is by far the most unusual, wanting to hold the contest in the courtyard of a decomissioned prison block. The city claims there is space for 13,000 standing guests here and they plan to cover the courtyard in order to make it an indoor venue. Other details regarding hotel capacity in the city have not been revealed at the time of writing.

When deciding on a host city, DR will need to obtain final approval from the EBU Reference Group before an announcement is made.

Stay tuned to Eurovision.tv for more news about the 2014 Eurovision Song Contest, which will be held on the 6th, 8th and 10th of May in Denmark.


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  • Posted on 31 August 2013 at 12:45
    Standing for 3-6 hours per night in Malmö was terrible! Also fans should have the right to sit down, relax and enjoy the music, not spend all their strenght just to be able to stand. Many fans had to leave during the contest in Malmö since they just couldn't stand so long. I love to be amongst other fans but, if Denmark also decides to put fans stand, I will buy other tickets, which allow me and my friends to sit down and enjoy the show. So please, no more standing areas for fans! Thank you :) report to the moderator
  • Posted on 30 August 2013 at 22:36
    Malmö Arena takes up to 15500 people in the audience, so Boxen is slightly smaller ^^ but may the best concept win! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 29 August 2013 at 14:51
    Copenhagen is the best option. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 28 August 2013 at 17:43
    So when will they finally choose? report to the moderator
  • Posted on 27 August 2013 at 19:37
    I think this year is very complicated. Hotels and easy access,Copenhagen, For a more modern arena, Herning.


    Which to choose :/ report to the moderator
  • Posted on 26 August 2013 at 19:55
    I hope Copenhagen organizes ESC 2014! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 24 August 2013 at 15:57
    What on earth do they mean but that? : We have thought a lot about making the event unique. It should not just be another Eurovision Song Contest". Why shouldn't it be? That is what we love and want. Please don't mess with the concept! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 24 August 2013 at 06:34
  • Posted on 23 August 2013 at 15:02
    Id personally recommend the Boxen Arena in Herning because its modern and can fulfill the Eurovision standarts!!!!!!!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 23 August 2013 at 13:20
    Absolutely... Copenhagen!!! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 23 August 2013 at 02:34
    France has to win the eurovision because otherwise we the French people we are going to stop of participated has the Eurovision unfortunately owed in French song vote for geopolitics and " in the racism " which pleases has no foreign country! Thus thank you for made a fool France with its famous 14 points and this 23 places .. Thank you Marie Myriam of credit note to win in 1977 the Eurovision for France! report to the moderator
  • Posted on 23 August 2013 at 00:25
    Copenhagen is the capital, it has the money, it has the hotel capacity, it has the facilities, it's the only sensible choice. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 22 August 2013 at 18:39
    What a weird sense of humor to hold the contest in ex-prison or in a tent in a rich country such as Denmark. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 22 August 2013 at 11:08
    I live in Edinburgh, Scotland. I am excited about next year's Eurovision song contest because it will be the first that I go to. Having looked at the logistics of getting to anywhere except Copenhagen, I would love Copenhagen to be the place that hosts, solely because as a 16 year old, I can't afford anywhere else. report to the moderator
  • Posted on 22 August 2013 at 01:34
    Who will pay the heating bill? You can not expect singers neither orchestra having a cold. Proposal 'Back To Baku' (Azerbaijan) report to the moderator