As we know as winners of this year’s contest Portugal would host the contest in 2018, but today they confirmed that the host city will be Lisbon. The venue has yet to be confirmed but this most likely will be the MEO Arena. The arena was built in 1998 and with a capacity of 20,000 it is one of the biggest arenas in Europe and is almost double the size of this year’s venue of the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev.
In addition to the host city, organisers also announced the dates for Eurovision 2018. As always the semi finals and final will take place in May, with Semi Final 1 taking place on 8th May and Semi Final 2 taking place on 10th May while the Final will occur on 12th May.
So far 20 countries have confirmed their participation for Eurovision 2018, including the return of Russia following a controversial withdrawal in 2017. More are expected to join the field in due course. The first wave of tickets are expected to be released in December with further tickets being released in the new year. Stay tuned for more Eurovision 2018 news soon.