100 acts to play at Eurovision Village revealed

Main stage line-up for the Liverpool Eurovision Village is revealed and among the 100 acts are Jake Shears, The Lightning Seeds, Sophie Ellis-Bextor and former Ukrainian Eurovision winner Jamala – see the full list here. Tony McDonough reports

Jake Shears
Jake Shears will be among the acts performing at the Eurovision Village


Around 100 acts will perform on the main stage at the Eurovision Village in Liverpool across nine days.

Located at the Pier Head on the waterfront, the Eurovision Village will open on Friday, May 5, and continue until the day of the Eurovision Song Contest itself on Saturday, May 13. That will take place at the M&S Bank Arena close by.

There is a wide variety of acts appearing on the main stage at the village. They include pop royalty to future stars, community groups to children’s favourites and a line up of DJs. The village and fan zone will be free and non-ticketed from May 5 to May 12.

Opening night on 5 May is all about the Uniting Power of Music, and will see Kalush Orchestra perform before the Welcome to Eurotopia supergroup.

On May 6, the Royalty Ball will follow onto stage after a set from Scissor Sisters’ Jake Shears. Sunday is billed as one for families with kids favourites Bluey, Hey Duggee, Andy and the Odd Socks, Blue Peter and UK Junior Eurovision entry Freya Skye.

Bank Holiday Monday (May 8) sees the best of Ukraine – Antytila, Go_A, alyona alyona and Jerry Heil perform. The English National Opera does Eurovision will be on the stage on Tuesday, May 9.

Wednesday, May 10 will see The Lightning Seeds, Girls Don’t Sync, Miles Kane and Michael Aldag perform as part of the United by Music Tour takeover.

And on Thursday, May 11 former Ukrainian Eurovision winner Jamala will perform her new album Qirim in a world premiere with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra.

Friday, May 12, will see Fleur East join the all-female line up of Sophie Ellis Bextor and Charlotte Church’s Late Night Pop Dungeon.

Alongside these acts, the main stage will also welcome 20 of the performers who will be competing in the Eurovision Song Contest 2023 across the week. There will also be a line up of DJ’s curated by Melodic Distraction.

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The Grand Final Party on the Pier Head on 13 May has already sold out, and lucky ticket holders will enjoy the build up to the main show, with Claire Richards (from Steps), Jedward’s Epic Eurovision Singalong,

The Venga Boys, Katrina from Katrina and the Waves, Brooke and Eurovision Super Fan and ‘darling of the dancefloor’ Motsi Mabuse who will compere the evening.

Full listings can be found at the Visit Liverpool website and stage timings will be published the day before each show.


Katrina Leskanich
Katrina Leskanich formerly of Katrina & The Waves will perform at the Eurovision Village


Apart from the sold out Grand Final screening on May 13, the Eurovision Village fan zone is free and non-ticketed. Should the village reach capacity we will operate a one-in-one-out system.

Jake Shears said: “I can’t wait to perform at the official Eurovision Village. An audience in Liverpool is always amazing but with the added Eurovision sparkle, it’s going to be an unforgettable experience.”

Director of Culture Liverpool, Claire McColgan, added: “This is a Eurovision Host City Village like no other.

“At previous cities this area has very much been a location to screen the shows and give a platform for Eurovision talent – but in typical Liverpool style we have supersized that.

“The full programme is worthy of a standalone festival in itself and it’s cliched but there really is something for everyone.”

Full line-up for the nine days is as follows:


Friday, May 5 – Welcome to Eurotopia

Doors open 5.30pm

Welcome to Eurotopia featuring;

Stealing Sheep

Natalie McCool

Alex from The Lathums

Andy McCluskey (OMD)

Red Rum Club

Kalush Orchestra

Gemma Cairney DJ set


Niix, Maund and Binary


Saturday May 6 – A Royally Good Party

Doors open 10.30am

Royalty Ball by House of Suarez

Jake Shears

Voyager – Australia’s Eurovision Song Contest 2023 entry

Lambrou – Cyprus’s Eurovision Song Contest 2023 entry

The Busker – Malta’s Eurovision Song Contest 2023 entry

Remo Forrer – Switzerland’s Eurovision Song Contest 2023 entry

Mimicat – Portugal’s Eurovision Song Contest 2023 entry

Laura Jackson

DJ Sweet Spot

Will Tramp (Homoelectric)

Stage Host – Ngunan Adamu (host of the official BBC podcast EurovisionCast)

The Village will be open from 10.30am to screen the coronation of King Charles III


Sunday May 7 – Firstival

Doors open midday

House Gospel Choir

Hey Duggee Live Show

Bluey Live Show

Andy and The Odd Socks

Blue Peter

Freya Skye


LIMF Academy presents;

Ni Maxine


Mic Lowry

Chris E and Laura Weaver


Stage Host – Lizzie Acker


Monday May 8 – This is Ukraine

Doors open midday




Jerry Heil

alyona alyona

BBC Introducing presents;


KOF & Friends


The Crawlers


Raw Silk

Stage Host – Masha Vynogradova


Tuesday May 9 – Night At The Opera

Doors open midday

English National Opera does Eurovision feat Ruslana, Sonia and Russell Watson


Gustaph – Belgium’s Eurovision Song Contest 2023 entry

Victor Vernicos – Greece’s Eurovision Song Contest 2023 entry

Joker Out  – Solvenia’s Eurovision Song Contest 2023 entry

Hope Street Musical Choir

Natasha Kitty Kat

DJ Fairhurst

Josh Aitman and Snoodman Deejay

Stage Host – Jay Hynd

First Semi Final screening


Wednesday May 10 – United By Music

Doors open midday

The National Lottery United by Music Tour presents;

Girls Don’t Sync

The Lightning Seeds

Miles Kane

Michael Aldag

Marco Mengoni – Italy’s Eurovision Song Contest 2023 entry

Kaarija – Finland’s Eurovision Song Contest 2023 entry

Allesandra – Norway’s Eurovision Song Contest 2023 entry

TuranturalX ft Eldar Gasimov – Azerbaijan’s Eurovision Song Contest 2023 entry

100 Voice United Choir

Liverpool Unity Choir


Piping Hot Disco

Stage Host – Dave Monks (BBC Introducing)


Thursday May 11 – Jamala Presents Qirim

Doors open midday

Jamala presents QIRIM with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra


Luke Black – Serbia’s Eurovision Song Contest 2023 entry

Let 3 – Croatia’s Eurovision Song Contest 2023 entry

Hope SEN Project

Neurodiversity Choir

Hope Uni Big Band

Yvonne (Dig Vinyl)

Backyard Balearic

Dharma Collective

Semi Final 2 screening


Friday May 12 – EuroEve

Doors open midday

Charlotte Church’s Late Night Pop Dungeon

Sophie Ellis Bextor

Fleur East

Tik Tok Take Over

Sonic Yootha


Alien Izz

Danny Beard

LIMF Academy presents


AmiqueLazy Girl

Spiltmilk Society

Jade Burns (DJ)


Saturday May 13 – Grand Final Party on the Pier Head – ticketed.

Doors open 2pm

Claire Richards (Steps)


Katrina of Katrina and the Waves

Jedward’s Epic Eurovision Singalong



Danielle Moore

Stage Host – Motsi Mabuse

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