Duncan Laurence’s victory with “Arcade” in Tel Aviv means that the Netherlands have the honour of organising the Eurovision Song Contest for the first time since 1980.
Europe’s favourite live music event was previously hosted by Hilversum (1958), Amsterdam (1970) and The Hague (1976 and 1980) and the search is now on for the 2020 host city.
As is usual nowadays, the host broadcaster invited bids from those Dutch cities interested in staging the event. Within days of the 2019 contest, the cities of Amsterdam, Arnhem, Breda, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, The Hague, Leeuwarden, Maastricht, Rotterdam and Utrecht all indicated that they would be willing to host the 2020 event. It is a testament to the popularity of the Eurovision Song Contest and to the enthusiasm for the show in the Netherlands that so many cities put themselves forward.
The broadcaster AVROTROS has been responsible for recent Dutch Eurovision entries including the 2019 winning song, but in a rather unusual move, the 2020 contest will be organised jointly by the three leading broadcasters in the Netherlands, AVROTROS, NOS and NPO.
On 10 July 2019 the remaining bidding cities of Arnhem, ‘s-Hertogenbosch, Maastricht, Rotterdam and Utrecht presented their formal bid books to the organisers at a ceremony in Hilversum, the home of Dutch broadcasting. By 16 July 2019, the list of potential host cities had been narrowed down to just two options, Maastricht and Rotterdam, and on 30 August 2019 it was finally announced that the city of Rotterdam will have the honour of hosting the 2020 Eurovision Song Contest.
Rotterdam previously hosted Junior Eurovision on 2007. The 2020 ESC will be staged at the Ahoy Arena in the South Holland city’s convention centre on 12/14/16 May. The exact capacity of the arena for the ESC shows has not yet been confirmed.
Both OGAE International and OGAE Netherlands have already begun their preparations for 2020. We hope to be able to offer members the usual live show ticket packages but details of whether and how these will be made available are still to be negotiated. Similarly, OGAE will be working to ensure that members will have an appropriately Eurovision-themed venue in which to party during finals week. For more information on fan ticketing please keep an eye on this website as well as your local OGAE national club social media platforms.