Nottingham could apply to host Eurovision 2023 after BBC open official bidding process

“The city is perfect for visitors with plenty to see and do, is compact with a superb green transport network and has excellent transport links for domestic and international visitors.”

“We look forward to the publication of the detailed criteria and application process to then determine whether we can officially apply to be the host city.”

Details of this potential offer remain under wraps. But the city’s most acclaimed concert hall is Motorpoint Arena Nottingham.

Opened in 2000, it has hosted artists such as Bruno Mars, Ed Sheeran, Katy Perry, Elton John, Lady Gaga and One Direction. Little Mix welcomed a crowd of 15,685 in 2018.

Many A-listers will perform there in the coming months. Among them are Sean Paul, Ne-Yo, George Ezra, Bob Dylan, Rod Stewart, Kaiser Chiefs, Florence + The Machine and Sugababes, who recently said they don’t want to perform at Eurovision.

On the Visit Nottinghamshire website, the official tourist board makes much of the area’s history. It says:

“A green city with a legendary past, a vibrant culture and a bright future. A creative destination of rebels and pioneers, and the home of Robin Hood. Nottinghamshire is one of the UK’s top destinations and a warm welcome always awaits you.

“Whether you’re visiting Nottinghamshire for a weekend or a day out with the kids at the top attractions, you’ll be able to see world-class sports, incredible entertainment, great nightlife and cutting-edge artwork in venues exceptional. Sample fine dining at Michelin-starred restaurants, shop at department stores and unique independents, and taste local produce in traditional market towns.

“Engaging stories of rebellion and virtue are in our DNA – visit charming Sherwood Forest to walk in the footsteps of Robin Hood, discover Civil War-torn castles or enjoy a cocktail in one of the cave bars in You can even follow the daring steps of the Mayflower pilgrims from Nottinghamshire to the Americas, before learning how Nottinghamshire innovations like MRI scanners helped change the world for the better.

Are you ready to follow Robin Hood at Eurovision? What do you think of the place? Let us know below!

Laura J. Boyer